On December 25th 2015, 40 villagers arrived at the Vivekananda Mission Hospital in Dighawat, outside the rural village of Bhadohi, located about 28 miles (45km) from Varanasi. This group of 40 consisted of healthy individuals whose eye conditions were suitable for surgery. They were selected from 120 villagers who had presented at the assessment camps held in the previous 10 days. These camps were held over a wide area and many of these villagers were today transported by volunteers from homes up to 25 miles (40km) away so that they could participate in the Sai Maa Cataract Surgery program. Each person participating was accompanied by one caregiver who remained with them throughout their stay at the hospital.
On Sunday 20th December Sai Maa Vishnu Shakti Trust sponsored a special food distribution for the slum children educated through our partner organization, ASMITA. The distribution was held at the ASMITA offices and was attended by 150 children from many slum communities throughout Varanasi. It was a special day for the children as they were selected to attend as a reward for participating regularly in their education program or as recognition for special achievement, so there was great excitement amongst the children.
On December 8th and December 15th saw the successful completion of 2 more rounds of the Sai Maa Cataract Surgery program.
On December 7th, after their final health checks 19 patients were found to be healthy to undergo their cataract operations. The operations were performed at the Vivekanand Mission Hospital in Bhadohi, a rural village outside Varanasi. The recipients on this day came from both Varanasi and surrounding villages, having attended the camps held throughout the areas over the previous 2 weeks.
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