Day 3 was the last and final day for Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina to participate in the EyeCare WeCare Foundation Mission. The mission will continue for two more days after their departure, so the work is far from being over. They spent three long days of grueling work, but, as Dr. Schmidt said in her own words, "I walked away feeling like I received just as much from this whole experience as we gave."
And that is the beauty of volunteer work: we always get back as much as we give, no matter what it is. To be paid in the form of a small dessert someone cooked because it was all she could give, or to see a child see the world clearly for the first time, or to help prevent people from going blind by giving them access to free cataract surgery -- all these things made this an incredibly rewarding experience to be part of for both Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina.
Our eyesight is precious, and we need to care for the general health of our eyes as we do the rest of our bodies. But when some don't have the proper resources available to do this, they rely on the goodwill of others to provide it. Over the last three days, Dr. Schmidt has given the gift of eyesight and clear vision to hundreds who desperately needed it. Thank you Dr. Schmidt and Nina for the wonderful and generous work you have done for all these people in the Philippines!
Below are pictures of Dr. Schmidt's final day at the Mission. If you would like to help as well, visit the EyeCare WeCare Foundation here: http://www.eyecarewecare.org.