|The clinic that Bracelet of Hope is building in Lesotho, Africa|
One of Bracelet of Hope's foster mothers has cataracts and her blindness is progressing rapidly. She is in her 60's and she cares for several of the foster children we support.
To have both cataracts removed will cost $5,000. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye leading to blindness. The procedure that removes the cataract by removing the lens of the eye is called phacoemulsification which essentially breaks up the lens into tiny fragments that are then sucked out of the eye and replaced with a man-made lens.
It takes six minutes and restores sight.
Imaging being in a country where this procedure is not available to you. You are a mother and a grandmother and you care for foster children whose parents have died of AIDS but your vision is failing, rapidly. Doctors know what the problem is and it is easily fixed but the fee is incomprehensible to you. You accept blindness instead and those who rely on you for protection will be vulnerable once again.
My good friend Andy Mc Dougall and I have been emailing back and forth about Me Mantsane. She accepts her fate without complaint. You see, when life has not given you much and so many things have been taken from you, you not only learn strength and resilience but you also learn to accept things like the death of your children and your own blindness.
Andy reminded me of a quote by Sir Edmund Burke that I used to quote in my speeches:
" All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing"Nothing is just not acceptable. You see, when life has given you very, very much, I believe much is expected of you. It just takes one step to move away from apathy and 'nothing': One idea, one suggestion, one activity, one donation, one prayer.
Stay tuned. Let's see what Andy and I can do for lovely Me Mantsane. In the short term, we will need to find resources and funds for Me Mantsane that presently extend beyond the scope of Bracelet of Hope. In the longterm, that clinic that Bracelet of Hope is building will provide the access that Me Mantsane and others like her need to receive this kind of treatment and live full and healthy lives without devastating disabilities that are easily correctable.