AMIGOS Team Cambodia

This December, a group of 9 optometry students and 1 optometrists from Pacific University College of Optometry, will be traveling to Cambodia to provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to the villages surrounding Phnom Penh.

The AMIGOS Eye Care program is a non-profit organization of students, doctors and lay people affiliated with Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. AMIGOS is dedicated to providing quality vision care at no cost to underserved populations in the Portland area as well as throughout the world.

Cambodia has a population of nearly 15 million with 85% of the population living in rural areas in extreme poverty, with little or no education. With a blindness prevalence rate of 1.2%, it’s estimated that over 175,000 people are blind, and many more that are visually impaired. The causes of vision loss include cataracts, uncorrected refractive errors, glaucoma, corneal disease and pterygia. Of these causes, 80-90% are preventable or treatable! Unfortunately, with little to no access to eye care or eye glasses, preventable vision impairment and blindness persists within these communities.

We are passionate to make a difference by providing the best eye care services we can to these populations and help establish a vision clinic in Phnom Penh. We can make a significant impact and improve a child’s quality of life by simply providing a pair of glasses. This will be the fourth annual AMIGOS trip to Cambodia. We intend to build upon our relationships in the country so that we can establish a sustainable vision clinic in Phnom Penh and allow many more people to have continued access to eye care.

Our trip to Cambodia is dependent upon personal means and is very costly. Per person, flights are approximately $1300 with an estimation of $500 in country. The AMIGOS Team Cambodia has been working hard to fundraise for our trip to help cover these expenses.

We are humbly asking for donations to help support our eye care trip to Cambodia. Any amount will help and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration in helping us provide much needed eye care services to the people of Cambodia.

 

Trip details:

When: December 21, 2017 to January 1, 2018
Where: Phnom Penh and Pursat in Cambodia 
In Country Partners: Building Bridges for Children, SABAI

 

Team Leaders:

Ryan Ngo, 3rd year student
[email redacted] 
Ben Pon, 3rd year student


Team:
Al Torres, 3rd year student
Katy Tan, 3rd year student
Shantelle Kamibayashi, 3rd year student
Christina Tran, 2nd year student
Helon Law, 2nd year student
Liandra Jung, 2nd year student
Quan Dao, 2nd year student

To see some of the work that is done on these trips, check out these videos! 
Guatemala 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUx5craL7ro 
Peru 2016:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=xqHSEa7w3Xk&app=desktop

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. For more information on AMIGOS, check out  http://www.amigoseyecare.org
https://www.facebook.com/AMIGOSEyeCare/?fref=ts

If you are requiring a tax receipt, you must donate online via PayPal with AMIGOS Cambodia 2017 in the Memo.  http://www.amigoseyecare.org/donate-online.php

If you would like to donate gently used glasses or optometric equipment, please contact us! 

Our deepest gratitude from AMIGOS Team Cambodia 2017,
Ryan, Ben, Al, Katy, Shantelle, Christina, Helon, Liandra, Quan
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Ryan Ngo 
Organizer
Forest Grove, OR
Amigos Eye Care 
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