JDC Field Blog

Giving the Gift of Sight in the Maldives

It’s been said that vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. And recently we teamed up with the Israeli humanitarian organization Eye From Zion and MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, to actualize just that.

Eye From Zion sends teams of volunteer ophthalmologists to train local medical personnel and treat patients in an innovative portable clinic. JDC recently supported a delegation of doctors who traveled to the Maldives. The team traveled around in a mobile clinic boat that JDC donated to help victims of the Tsunami. As the team came on shore they set up a special traveling operating room and altogether operated on 300 blind or nearly blind people. Spreading Jewish goodwill, technical training, and the gift of sight, Eye From Zion gets our kavod!