Volunteer Equal Health India

My time volunteering with Equal Health in India

Well, my India trip is now over. I had an amazing time helping out the needy in India. It was also a very challenging time as we had a language barrier which was helped by interpreters but we could not fully overcome that problem. The work was very tiresome but rewarding at the same time. I really enjoyed my first volunteering camp and look forward to helping Equal Health in the future, they are such a deserving not for profit organisation.

I had the most amazing group of people to work with and each and every one of them are so passionate about their jobs.

I must say, I’m not keen to eat another curry for some time yet since we ate it for breakfast lunch and dinner every day!

There were many people that touched my heart along the way and I wish there was more that we could do to help them but with the limited time we had over there, the lack of education and lack of funds it was impossible to help everyone. We advised several people to go to the hospital because they were very ill and needed further treatment but unfortunately they can not afford to seek such medical treatments or take the time off work.

We gave out a total of 4019 pairs of spectacles during our 2 week camp. This is a huge amount of glasses, given we worked 8 days. That is an average of 502 pairs per day. Some of these people had extremely poor vision and were able to see much better with the help of these glasses.

Since coming back from the trip I have already started collecting prizes for the Equal Health Quiz Night in Perth on the 9th of May 2014. I will be heavily involved in the organisation of the quiz night and encourage everyone who can make it to come along for a fun night. Please feel free to contact me on lparry@beyondbank.com.au if you would like to come along and/or donate a prize.

^Lauren, Karrinyup Branch Manager