RPCV Adam Dowling is trying to secure in advance reliable transportation for an eyeglass mission to Tougue. See information below.
If you have any suggestions, please contact him directly at:
adimal32 @ hotmail.com
I wanted to let the FOG community know that Sharing Resources Worldwide (SRW) will be conducting a second (first was in 2006) eyeglass mission to Tougue this coming June.
Many of the required elements are falling into place with the help of many, including PC Guinea who graciously assisted in getting some of the eyeglasses to Guinea and is storing the boxes until our arrival. Hassan from Doucki has made contact with Sightsavers in Labe, which will be providing an eyecare professional to assist. Hassan will also help translate, as he did in 2006. There will be two opticians from the US going, my beautiful wife Hadja and one of her co-workers and an American ophthalmologist who is practicing in Tel Aviv.
The remaining element is the ever precarious transportation of people, equipment and supplies. In 2006 we received assistance from Helen Keller International and a contact with the DPSP.
However, this year we're having trouble securing transport ahead of time. I'm wondering if anyone out there is aware of a reliable and safe chauffeur with a good vehicle. Perhaps an ex-PC driver or even a company that's a step above the gare-routiere de Conakry. Any ideas or contacts from the FOG community would be much appreciated.