Great news: our CMIRC School Vision Screening Program is being funded for next year, so we can proceed! We just learned from our partners at the Rotary Club of Spokane 21 that we can rely on them for at least US $2,000 for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year. They are also seeking additional funds from their Rotary District for our SVSP. Many thanks to their International Committee and Rtn. Fred Peck at RC-Spokane 21!
More great news, we just received a shipment of almost 500 New Balance children’s eyeglass frames. These are high quality, stainless steel, flexible spring-hinged frames. These frames were donated by Eyewear Designs of Bethpage, NY through a former student of mine, Steve Horowitz and stored and shipped by my daughter Anne Schorr and her partner John Schultz. Many thanks to them all!!
Finally, we just learned from Charter President Pong that the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai-Wattana will once again this year support the SVSP project at the Wat Suan Dok School. And, the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai-North has pledged continued support for those children needing ophthalmological surgery.
So, we can now proceed with planning for next year, probably beginning our screenings of 3rd and 5th graders in May or June, at the start of the new school year. The screenings next year will also include a follow-up examination with the children who received glasses in 2020 (most will be 4th and 6th-graders at the same schools) and then screen the new 3rd and 5th-graders at each of the twelve schools.
Finally, while our plans are coming together nicely for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year, we have not yet found full funding for the project. The program cost per prescription including the optician’s fees, frames, and lenses this past year was about 600 Baht (US$20); the glasses are provided for free to the children. The total program budget for next year is estimated at about US$3,000.
If you wish to learn how you can help, please contact Project Champion John Schorr at email@example.com or tel.: 66 (0)8 5030 2143
Our 2020 School Vision Screening Donor Team: