On Thursday, October 6th, BelizeKids.org hosted a meeting at the Lions Den with members from the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) and members from the San Pedro Lions Club. The meeting served to discuss their objectives and upcoming plans to open a vision clinic in San Pedro Town. BelizeKids.org is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping children in Belize, and establishing this free clinic will allow children, along with members of the community, to receive an array of eye services.

In attendance was founder of BelizeKids.org, Don Listwin, Dr. Caroline Fisher, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford University in California, USA, Executive President of BCVI, Joan Musa, Executive Director of BCVI, Carla Musa, Gil Nuñez of Canary Coves, Lion President Nigel Belisle, Lion Jan Brown, and BelizeKids.org facilitators Jeff Spiegel and Rebecca Coutant.

BelizeKids.org remains true to their mission, and with much of its emphasis on education and healthcare, Listwin is confident that he will reach his goal of opening the eye clinic. “It is our intent to have a vision clinic built in San Pedro by early 2017. My ultimate goal is to radically improve the quality and quantity of eye care here on the island,” said Listwin.

The location of the clinic was previously undetermined, but at the meeting, it was confirmed that the clinic will be at the current BCI examination room at the Lions Den. Listwin says that equipment has already been ordered, and should be arriving in the coming months. Dr. Fisher will be bringing down volunteer doctors to San Pedro for advanced services, which include surgical procedures.

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