Ethiopian student Ajebush, who was treated for myopia, in the classroom with her friends

Ajebush's teacher helps her see clearly

Thanks to your support and the help of Orbis's community outreach programs, Ajebush is now excelling at school in the Doyogena District of Ethiopia - but this wasn't always the case.

Ajebush had been struggling with her vision for a while, but no one was aware of the problems she was having. One day, while playing outside, one of her brothers asked her if she could see a nearby tree. She could not. It was at that moment that the family realized that Ajebush might have issues with her vision - but they had no idea how to find a cure for their daughter’s deteriorating vision. 

Father and his daughter.

Fortunately for Ajebush and her family, Orbis had established a school eye club that teaches children about the importance of hygiene and good eye care and trains teachers to screen for refractive errors. Ajebush was screened by the teacher, who saw that she had low vision. She was one of the many students who was referred to Amacho Health Center for further treatment.

Accompanied by her father, Ajebush went to the Amacho Health center on March 21, 2016. The optometrist working in the health center, where Orbis supports the Primary Eye Care Unit and provides prescription glasses, diagnosed Ajebush with shortsightedness (myopia). Ajebush was given her first pair of glasses. 

Ajebush can now see her surroundings clearly and is enjoying a happy, more fulfilled life. She recalls what it was like before she had glasses: 

I used to struggle with my vision, and it was the reason for my low performance in school. But now that I got better, I want to improve my results. My life was full of anger when I couldn’t see clearly, and I ended up breaking some things at home and when I couldn’t read a thing from the blackboard. No one ever understood me.

Her teacher also spoke about the overwhelming changes in Ajebush since she was prescribed her glasses:

I have been teaching Ajebush for the last three years. I thought she had no interest whatsoever on what was going on in this class because she never participated and barely made it to class every week. She repeated both third and fourth grades due to her low performance. She ranked 53rd among the 54 students last year. But after getting her glasses, she vastly improved and came ninth out of 50 students in the first semester of 2017! This was a miracle to witness. None of us thought Ajebush’s problem was her vision.

A big thank you to all who helped make this happen. You can give more girls like Ajebush a fair chance in life.

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