Lions Clinic at San Juanico
25 January 2017 | San Juanico, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
The whole area is part of a conservation/cattle ranch area (not sure how that works) and there is a hotel on the healand that is owned by the one consortium. We walked to the nearby ranchetta (sort of small ranch) and met the people working there and managed to fit everyone with glasses. There are two stories I want to briefly relate from the perspective of vision correction when living in a developing country to help put things into perspective for you. One guy told us that he used to work in construction in Loreto and his wage there was $1,000 (pesos) per week - that's about $65AU or $45US. One of his daughters was tested in Loreto as needing spectacles (which I must say is a step in the right direction) and without the glasses she was unable to continue at school. So he bought her the glasses which cost him the equivalent of 3 weeks wages.
Almost everyone at the ranchetta needed glasses and one guy was particularly keen to be helped. After a lot of testing he ended up with a pair of distance glasses which were -4.5 in one eye and - 4.75 in the other (and a pair of fitover sunglasses as well). I really don't know how it would be possible to cope without vision correction but he had been doing it for many years. There a was small fishing village a few kilometres away and one of the guys took us there in a pickup truck and with the help of our friends, Sandra and Tim on Canadian boat Kadens, we managed to fit everyone there with glasses courtesy of The Lions Club. On the way back we met a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, stopped, had a chat and fitted the husband and wife with glasses also. I had to include this photo of one of our new Mexican friends who was quite obviously enjoying the experience.