British American Foundation Charity No. 1132736
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Tree Planting Project

Rain Forest

Carbon Credits

Carbon Footprints

Emergency Transportation

 

Special Needs

Medication

Hospice Care

Health and Hygeine

Impaired Vision

Portable Generators

 

The British Are Coming

Hospice care

Recycling

Recycling Plant Waste

Recycling Food Waste

Recycling Clothes

Recycling Tools & Equipment

Recycling Domestic Waste

Recycling Animal Waste

 

Darién School

 

Solar Powered Living

Solar Panels

Honey Production

 

Bee Production

Honey Production

Honey Marketing

Honey Distribution

School in Darien

School Equipment

Water proof building

disabilites

EYES ON THE DARIÉN

Panamá is a well-known but sadly neglected part of the world where most of the people who populate Darién are in very high risk of permanent eye damage. As with all areas so close to the equator, the effect of the sun's rays has devastating effects on the eyes of those working in the jungle during the day to eke out a living, causing long range vision to be impaired. Dark descends quickly near the equator and the lack of artificial light means that whole families rely on candlelight. The children, who are eager to learn, have to study texts just a few inches from their eyes, which creates huge strain and affects most of them causing headaches and migraines.

Apart from this, the use of candles in such dry conditions is a highly dangerous fire hazard, with some of the huts burning down. Due to shortage of facilities, the schools in Darién are used into early evening as all age groups can not fit into one class , and without artificial lighting the children strain to see the board and can barely see to take notes.

For a very small income, the women work long hours to weave tiny fine baskets, putting immense strain on their eyes, which results in permanent short vision damage. This small income is vital to subsidise basic provisions. It would not take a large fund to pay for the regular visit of doctors (oculists) to test the eyesight of those at risk and write the prescriptions for sight aids and treatment, which we all take for granted.

With today's remarkable technology, solar power could be used to harness the dangerous sun's rays to produce artificial light. We could hardly imagine life without it but it would revolutionise life for the inhabitants of Darién.Please do donate whatever you can afford to help fund these vital aid programmes.

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