A home, a family, and a future
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Vincent, from Uganda, was once almost blind, having had cataracts in both eyes. In May 2009, as a young child, he had surgery supported by CBM at Mengo Eye Hospital in Kampala. He is an orphan, being looked after by his Aunt Milly.
One year later, in March 2010, the team from CBM and CoRSU (Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for Uganda) take up Vincent's story again. It shows us his struggle to find a suitable school and to get used to using glasses and a bicycle. He inspires others on his journeys and finally he realises he has a true home and a good future.
Going to a new school
In March 2010 Agnes Nabawanuka (the CBR staff member from CBM-partner 'CoRSU' responsible for Vincent) looked for another school. She knew that Vincent definitely needed to continue with his education – especially after his successful cataract surgery.
She found one seven kilometres from his home, and Vincent was happy going there. "I especially like my mother tongue Luganda and maths."
Tough Vincent gets new bike
But only three of the children travelling to this school had a bike, and seven kilometres is a lot for an eight-year-old twice a day. So, CoRSU then decided to give Vincent a bike of his own. It was a man’s bike - still a bit big - but it is easy to get spare parts for this kind of bike in his area and the plan was for his uncle to take him as passenger.
School is important
Strong advice and new glasses ordered!
Mr. Bernhard, the visual therapist, said he was used to stories like Vincent's, where children were not allowed unlimited access to their glasses.
A perfect fit
Vincent already knew about the telescope. He had had one before. In the end Mr. Wambuzi also gave him a new case for his glasses.
Another change of school
Broken glasses lead to chance meetings!
"How could this happen?", Agnes asked. Vincent looked down, concerned.