SeeKenya currently run twice yearly eye care clinics in Kenya, caring for around 2,500 people each year. However the demand far outweighs the current provision and, distressingly, many people are turned away due to the restrictions of our current resources.
The vision is to build a high quality, permanent, sustainable optometric and ophthalmic eye care clinic which will meet the medical needs of the majority of eye health conditions experienced by the local people to ‘Restore the sight of the blind’ in Central and Northern Kenya.
PROPOSED EYE CARE CLINIC
Our immediate next stage is to build an eye care clinic in Meru, Central Kenya, so that the rural area, inhabited by 8 million people, can access all-year-round eye care, for the first time. A permanent SeeKenya eye care clinic open throughout the year, at full operating capacity, with five optometrists, would have the ability to see up to 21,600 eye patients annually. In addition, those who have received treatment can be followed up and reviewed more easily, increasing the effectiveness of the treatment provided. The impact for this part of Kenya is immense, enabling children to learn to read, write and grow to participate in society, and for adults to maintain their independence and livelihoods.
Plans have been drawn up to remodel the ground floor of Isiome Hope Centre in Meru. Our local partner, Edfri International, owns this building and is enabling the space to be used for SeeKenya’s permanent clinic. The floor plan can be seen below and includes;
Creating fit-for purpose consultation and treatment rooms, waiting areas, secure drug store, glasses dispensary, office space and toilet facilities
A glazing laboratory for the making of prescription glasses
Building a new staircase, to enable independent access to the rest of the building
The total estimated cost to fully refurbish, re-fit, provide furnishings and specialist equipment is £584,400. This figure also includes solar panels costing £100,000 that will provide a sustainable and long term electricity supply. Building work is planned to begin in 2020 and will take around 10 months to complete. To date, £45,500 has been raised. It is intended that building work will begin when £250,000 has been raised.
Significant funds still need to be raised to make this a reality. Could you help? If you would like to know more details about this work please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like to specifically support this building project, please click here and mark your donation "Building Project".
Proposed ground floor layout
Isiome Hope Centre