How to Support an Eye Camp?
Who can be a community partner (Sponsor) to conduct a camp?
Any individual or voluntary social service organization – such as Lions, Rotary, religious groups, industries, trusts, banks, hospitals, community based NGOs, recreation and welfare clubs, farmers associations, village presidents – interested in the community welfare may sponsor an eye camp in terms of partnering with service providers. Aravind expects the sponsors who are self motivated aiming to serve the community.
The sponsors have the primary role of setting up campsite preferably a school venue with the necessary support facilities viz. furniture, electricity, water etc. and also to care of the publicity needs. They are responsible for assembling patients and providing lodging and food for the medical team.
How to select an ideal place for a camp?
A village with a population of ten to twenty thousand including the surrounding areas in an accessible radius of 5 Kms is selected for conducting an eye camp. A convenient venue (such as a large school building in the area) and a suitable date (which does not interfere with local festivals, marriages and other functions or with other camps) will be selected for conducting the camp. The village should have good access to the nearby villages to benefit the patients around the main village.
The sponsors are supposed to:
- Delegate a separate team of members and volunteers to look after the community mobilization
- Arrange boarding and lodging for the medical team if the location is beyond 125km from the base hospital
- Arrange local transport facility for patients between the villages and the site of the camp, if the camp venue is not accessible within a radius of 5 to 10 Kms.
- Plan for manpower and finance to prepare the camp venue and conduct widespread publicity through all possible media. The camp organizer from Aravind Eye Hospital works along with sponsor for effective execution of promotional activities
If you are interested in supporting our outreach activities, please contact
Manager – Community Outreach
Aravind Eye Care System, 1, Anna Nagar, Madurai – 625 020
Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: 91 452 4356100