In 2009, I spent a month living on the small island of Taveuni, Fiji working alongside social entrepreneur Geoffrey Amos and his team, whose health, education, and social projects are changing thousands of lives on some of the most remote islands of this isolated South Pacific country.
I was there to observe his annual eye project, that works to bring vision to some of the country’s poorest villagers, most of whom would never have access to, let alone be able to afford, such life changing procedures. Beyond building a world-class eye clinic in the middle of the tropics, the project brings surgeons and ophthalmologist to the islands to check people’s vision, prescribe glasses and when necessary perform cataract and pterygium surgeries at no cost to the patients. Beyond studying the operation and participating in everyday Fijian life, I spent time photographing participants and designed a booklet to assist in sharing the project’s story with potential supporters and donors.
Thank you to Geoffrey, his wife Joey and the rest of the Taveuni team for allowing me to participate in such an amazing program.
You can download a PDF version of the booklet I created here.
For further information on how you can support Geoffrey and his work, please contact The Rotary Club of Taveuni, PO Box 1 Matei, Taveuni Island, Fiji. phone: +679 888 0371, fax: +679 888 2371, debra[at]textilecentre.co.nz.
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