Where We Serve
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Of the 8 optometrists in Uganda, 7 practice in Kampala. Uganda has one of the world's lowest ophthalmologists per capita ratios, 1:1.5 million. We recognized this need and began running vision clinics in Bwindi in 2017. The outpouring of love and sense of community inspires us to keep returning. We look forward to hosting a permanent vision clinic soon!
In 1961, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was officially named an animal sanctuary, causing the Batwa pygmies to be evicted from their home, the forest. Families in this community now live as squatters on the edge of the forest. The Bwindi community faces many challenges in this way of life. Their lack of access to even basic healthcare is a significant concern. Many villagers have to travel long distances to get medical treatment. However, they have a strong community spirit. They come together to support each other in times of need.