08 January 2018

Goggle Works this Friday 12 January

Many complex factors contribute to poverty, but one simple contribution to fighting it is to help people to see better, so they can study and work. In fact, worldwide, half of all sight problems can be solved by using glasses to aid reading and close work. So join us on Friday 12 January in Colchester to help prepare another batch of secondhand glasses to send to our mission partners in Malawi. Starts 19:30 and there’ll be plenty of refreshments to keep you going. For more details, phone 01206 622712.

01 December 2017

Dr Lyn Dowds visiting Colchester 6 December

On Wednesday 6 December at 19:30, Dr Lyn Dowds, chief medical officer at the David Gordon Memorial Hospital, Livingstonia, will be visiting Colchester. She’ll be meeting the Goggle Works crowd to give an update on progress at the hospital and let us know what the needs are likely to be in the future. If you’re in or around Colchester, do join us for this Goggle Works Party (without the work). Contact Sue Kevan for more details and venue info.

10 November 2017

A look at the opening of Embangweni clinic

Here's a short video showing preparations for, and opening of the Embangweni eye clinic, back in June this year (more info in earlier post). The staff are now testing for and dispensing reading glasses, most of which have been collected and measured by Focus on Malawi volunteers in the UK.

17 October 2017

Successful visit to Malawi, Quiz Night thanks

The recent team visit to Malawi went well, and Emma and Carina returned home safely. Thank you Emma and Carina! We’ll post a more detailed report in due course.

On Friday 13 October, FoM supporters from Colchester area travelled over to Rayleigh to participate in a quiz night fundraising event organised by Cheryl Lamb and the lovely people at Rayleigh Vineyard church. Our two FoM teams came first and second! Thanks to everyone who participated in, and organized, this very successful and enjoyable event.

07 October 2017

Working at Ekwendeni

The team reports from Ekwendeni: "Lovely few days in Ekwendeni. We've delivered lots of new specs, done some reorganising in the clinic and visited the school."

28 September 2017

Repairs and teaching at Embangweni

Reporting from Malawi: "Busy busy busy here in Embangweni. The test chart we thought was broken has been fixed and put up on the wall. We've been busy teaching and found a spare 5 minutes for an eye clinic team selfie."

24 September 2017

Supporting training for clinicians

Reporting from Malawi: "Just handed over a laptop and some medical textbooks to Lesley to help him with his studies."