Dr. Schmidt's second day on the mission proved to be hot, dusty and sweaty. Overall there were approximately 445 patients on the second day, and Dr. Schmidt saw 245 of them herself! The volunteers, directors and hosts have all been incredibly accommodating and they all look out for one another and take good care of each other. Whenever someone is caught wilting in the heat, another is there right by his or her side, offering an ice cold drink or some kind of snack.
How does the mission work and how do they organize all the people to be seen? Poor people are screened for eligibility and registered indigents are identified by local social services, local churches, and other service organizations to insure that the people are truly in need and eligible for EyeCare WeCare Foundation services. Each person is registered and recorded, and their medical history is taken as well as their chief vision complaint. They are assigned a number and seen in order.
It might be a long wait before they see a doctor, and it can lead to a long day. But it's that true sense of volunteerism, joining together and doing selfless work to help the betterment of others that brings out the true teamwork in us. We are so impressed with Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina for their perseverance in volunteering in this mission!
Below are photos of Day 2 of the mission: