Vera van Uum

Vera van Uum

Volunteer – Student Orthoptics

Vera van Uum (20 years old) is in the final year of the Orthoptics program at
the Hogeschool Utrecht. Along with her studies, she had been working for
“Eye Wish Opticiens” for the last 3 years. This volunteer project was Vera’s
very first visit to a country outside of Europe.

This whole experience in Ghana of sharing insights and knowledge about
screening young children and orthoptics with Sister Aba, the outreach team,
and the 5th year students, has triggered in Vera a desire to want to regularly
return to Ghana to share her orthoptic knowledge once she has completed
her training.
In conclusion Vera says, “I learnt a lot from this mission. I was really touched
by Sister Aba’s care and the gratitude and appreciation of the people. Despite
the good health care we have in the Netherlands, the healthcare system can
learn a lot from this. I hope to take part in more future eye health care
missions to help the people and to really make a difference for them. Now that
I have seen and experienced Africa, I have no doubt that I will be returning
there again!”