2018 is here and rolling right along. We held our very first Children’s Eye Clinic in San Antonio, TX on February 24, 2018. Dr. William E. Sponsel, Dr. Duncan Friedman, and Optometrists; Susan Johnson and Amy Schnegg along with various other volunteers made this a huge success! We saw 16 Children and were able to pass out vouchers for eyeglasses that were generously provided by Prevent Blindness Texas (PBT). We hope to increase our impact and improve our next clinic by helping PBT with eye screenings at San Antonio schools in the fall and subsequently holding another free Children’s Clinic for those that need comprehensive eye exams… Stay Tuned!!
The grand opening of the Roger William Lytle Eye Clinic in Chichicastanengo Guatemala was on March 22, 2018. It was a beautiful sight to behold. The Sponsel Foundation sponsored a team of 11 volunteers to work on this very successful mission trip. A total of 164 patients were examined and 43 surgical procedures were performed in 3 days with 1 surgeon, Dr. Sponsel. Amy Schnegg, O.D. Was able to assist with the patient exams along with our ophthalmic technicians, nurses and other volunteers. The RWL clinic is housed in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Chichicastenango. Thanks to the gracious Mark Snoddy and family for providing the space and hospital staff support. The RWL clinic will be a permanent Ophthalmic clinic/surgical area for Ophthalmic teams worldwide to utilize for their mission work in Guatemala. We already have a team from Arkansas in July 2018 that will be utilizing the clinic. Dr. Sponsel will also be visiting in June to run a small clinic/surgical trip with 2 optometrists from Lloyal University as well. I was able to work with 2 amazing young women, Naomi Bauman, RN a newly graduated nurse living in Guatemala and Mayra Sofia Duran, a psychologist from Guatemala who worked with our team as translators. They will be working with the small team in June and July. They will allow for smooth operation and continuity in the RWL clinic to keep up the standard of care that mimics our care here in the U.S.
A successful eye camp was performed at the Eyes of Africa Clinic in August 2017. Our team of 12 to include Dr. Cook from South Africa and his nurse Jenny and Ophthalmic technician Ashley, saw 230 patients and performed 58 surgical procedures. Of course, our EOA, OCO Richard Chitedze and RN, Vincent Saka championed running the clinic and OR along with the local Ophthalmologist Dr. Masosa. Dr. Sponsel was able to train many of them in multiple procedures to include lasers. We have plans to return in August of 2018, but with a small team. 2 of our board members Cliff and Mary Moses have graciously offered to sponsor 2 medical professionals to join Dr. Sponsel at the EOA eye camp in August 2018. Thank you Cliff and Mary for your kind donation. Dr. Sponsel purchased 2 motorcycles for the EOA clinic for them to utilize for transportation to perform eye screenings and care in the surrounding villages. Thank you Dr. Sponsel for your kind donation!
At our very first board meeting of the year, back in February, the Sponsel Foundation hired a part time administrator, Arivai Dunn. She has previous experience working with non-profits and has been volunteering with the SF over the last year. This is exciting news as together we will now be able to accomplish so much more to continue to grow and put the Sponsel Foundation on the map!
The Sponsel Foundation will hold their 4th Annual Gala on October 13, 2018 at the Pedrotti's North Wind Ranch in Helotes, TX. This year we are switching up the theme to Masquerade Eyeball! Tickets will be one for $100 or two for $175 and various sponsorship opportunities are available as well. We are also in the process of asking for donations for our raffle, Silent & Live actions. If you would like to reserve your tickets or have an item you would like to donate please contact Arivai Dunn at (210)267-7238 or email@example.com.
There are so many exciting things happening with the Sponsel Foundation this year. We rely on the support of our donors to expand our clinic here in San Antonio with comprehensive eye care for underprivileged children and to treat the people of Guatemala and Africa. We would love for you to join the fight! Donate today and help them obtain Sight For Life!