A few experiences in Cambodia are burned into my memory forever:
- The overheard conversation of a madam and a sex tourist negotiating over what type of girl and for how much.
- The 3 interviews I conducted of girls who had been either raped, trafficked, or were in extremely impoverished conditions. The bravery, the innocence lost.
- Speaking with a staff member at Hagar International. Her advice: a doctor, lawyer, or other highly trained professional should use his or her skills to help, not just serve soup...
As an optometrist, I practice in a seemingly comfortable private office in Manhattan. But I can't stop thinking about these girls. How can I help from over here?
After months of praying, searching, pondering, I have decided to leave my job for more public/community health related optometry. Maybe if I can learn what mobile optometry looks like, on our next trip I can help these girls see better by giving them eye exams and getting them glasses! After all, these girls are learning to read, write, sew, work.
Imagine that: The Blind Project helping rehabilitated women and children to see better!
Wish me luck on my job search.