Ganga's new glasses are making a world of difference

May 2019

16-year-old Ganga loves cooking, playing and reading with her older sister – but before an Orbis-funded school screening revealed she had high myopia, this enthusiastic young student found it difficult to see clearly enough to enjoy her hobbies.

Ganga goes to a mixed primary and secondary school, not far from the home where she lives with her family. She has always worked hard at school, sitting at the front of the classroom in most of her lessons – and not just because her high myopia diagnosis meant she was struggling to see the board.

She used to take a long time in solving maths problems. She used to write randomly...

Ganga's teacher

Ganga and her friends at school in Nepal

When Orbis met Ganga to talk about how her new glasses have transformed her life, she was taking part in a mathematics class. She sat next to her friends, concentrating hard so as not to be distracted by the attention, before walking home to her family home to tell us about her experiences.

The first person Ganga confided in about the problems she had with her vision was her older sister Bimala. The two girls have a strong bond, and when Ganga told Bimala about the issues with her sight, Bimala knew her sister needed a check-up. So when the Orbis-funded REACH programme visited Ganga's school, it was Bimala who encouraged her sister to take part in the screening process.

Ganga with her older sister Bimala

Ganga was already sharing with me that she cannot look at the board and also can’t read small letters and I came to know that the screening will be held at school. I also later felt that it had become difficult for her to deal with school.

Bimala

Ganga's sister

After the school screening, Ganga was prescribed glasses. Now, she wears them all the time – she can fully participate in school and enjoy herself at home: reading, cooking and spending time with Bimala and the rest of her family.

Without her glasses life would be very different, and Ganga is so grateful to everyone who helped her.

After receiving glasses, it has been easier for me to look at the board which was difficult before and at home I can see farther things which is now easy... I want to thank all those people who have helped me get glasses, I can now see properly.

Ganga

Age 16

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