Tzu Chi Foundation distributed 120 pairs of eyeglasses to the students of The Sisters of Mary School Girlstown on August 30.
Students of The Sisters of Mary School Girlstown will be able to study well as Tzu Chi Foundation gives them a gift of clearer vision.
The Buddhist group gave 120 pairs of eyeglasses for high school students of the said Catholic school on August 30.
Aboard their school bus, the students arrived at the Tzu Chi Eye Center in Sta. Mesa, Manila. They came all the way from Silang, Cavite.
For 16-year-old Katelyn Bayudan, it was a great opportunity to receive free eyeglasses. Even though she’s very active in their school activities, her poor vision makes her feel that her participation is not enough.
“It’s more difficult in class because I can’t see the writings on the board clearly so I can’t take down notes.” she shared.
There were also times when she was humiliated because she couldn’t see clearly.
“I always thought someone’s waving at me because from afar, I can’t really make out someone’s face. I don’t know if someone is looking at me or at a different direction,” she said.
The students excitedly lined up when the distribution started. The group who were checked up on July 20, August 11, 18, and 23, wore smiles as Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) optometrist Dr. Adriene Elizabeth Lim fitted the new eyeglasses on them.
Katelyn, upon receiving her eyeglasses said: “I am very thankful and happy because at last I will be able to see clearly again.”
After the distribution, Dr. Lim gave them instructions on the proper use and care of the eyeglasses.
Before leaving, the students offered songs for the doctors and volunteers. They held a cardboard with the words “Thank you very much” throughout their performance.
The students sang “As I Sing My Heart’s Thanksgiving.” It is a song originally for their school but they somehow found a way to connect it to what they have received on this day. The second song is “I Can”, which tells their new hope and promise to do well in school with the help of their new eyeglasses. The last song “You’ll Be in My Heart,” they dedicated to Tzu Chi volunteers whose generosity and kindness they will forever remember.
“Eyeglasses are expensive and these children came from poor families. They have no means to address their problems with their visions. With the help of Tzu Chi Foundation, they were given this opportunity [to be aided with their eye problem]. In this way, I believe that they can do well in their studies,” said Sr. Amalia Bacuetes, of the Sisters of Mary School.