For many, having a pair of glasses can make the difference between older women continuing their weaving as a form of economic means or a farmer tending to their stock or becoming destitute.
Medical supplies & reading glasses for the community in Wairoke, a village in the hills of Luro in the Lautém District the most eastern municipality of Timor-Leste
Our partners in Timor Leste, Unidade Polisia Maritima (UPM).
The most eastern municipality of Timor-Leste, Lautem.
Suko Luro lies towards the mountains where the municipality becomes wilder and more scarcely populated.
Spirit house. In the house are all the items for performing traditional cermonies kept.
Traditional spirit house
Wairoke, a village in the hills of Luro in the Lautém District of East Timor.
Together with UPM we address the issue of poor eyesight in older members of the community, who have not the economic means to travel to an optometrist nor purchase a pair due to cost.
The test are done by UPM officer Belo who speaks the local dialect.
Captain Morera and Meggi testing the solar panels. Electricity in Wairoke is only sporadic. We distributed 5 solar panels.
Arrival at the Wairoke clinic. Nice new buildings but empty.
Doctor, midwife, dentist and nurse. All in one person represented by this nice timorese doctor who got his training in Cuba. In the background are the only items in the clinic, his desk and chair and some of the supplies we brought.
The midwife kit
A. Santos from UPM
Acording to her great grand children this woman is over 100 years old. Having a crutch to hep her get around meant a lot to her.
Able to see clear for the first time in over 10 years her expression says it all.