Orthoptics – Graduate
Sjieuwke Koorevaar (24 years old) had only just graduated from the Orthoptics program at the Hogeschool Utrecht prior to leaving for Ghana. She had been working on Saturdays at “Gijsen Optiek” alongside her studies. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, it really meant a lot to Sjieuwke to able to take part in this mission as a freshly certified orthoptist because she could finally do something for the people of Africa (the continent where she was born) who need it most.
In describing her experience in Ghana, Sjieuwke says that the project was not only very educational, but also an incredibly beautiful and rewarding experience.
Having screened almost 2500 people as a team, it gave her an immense sense of fulfilment to hear that the children, who during the screening were referred to the Eye Clinic, made sure they were there the next day!
She was impressed with the ease of working with the Eye Clinic and commented on how beneficial the collaboration was for both parties (i.e.: our volunteers and the clinic employees) in terms of the exchange of knowledge and the opportunity to learn from each other.
Sjieuwke concluded in saying: “I am grateful that I was able to help people in a country where health care is far less accessible than it is in the Netherlands. I fly back to the Netherlands with a great sense of satisfaction. This is an unforgettable experience that no one will be able to take away from me. I will definitely put myself forward to go on another mission to help more people again.”