Founded by a former Australian educator, The John Fawcett Foundation (Yayasan Kemanusiaan Indonesia) has been providing a mobile eye clinic for cataract surgery on the island since 1991. It achieved Yayasan status in 2000. John Fawcett has since received many awards for the humanitarian work of the organisation that bears his name. Cataracts have rendered 4 million Indonesian people blind – a needless toll with access to surgery. The foundation aims to eradicate curable blindness in Indonesia, but this can only be achieved with ample financial support.
The program includes sight restoration and blindness prevention through field eye screening, school screening and free cataract surgery. As well as vision, the foundation identifies and facilitates corrective surgery for children with facial deformities.
Few things are more distressing to a child than disfigurement. It can cause social dislocation and personal despair. The aim of this program is to alleviate the distress and suffering of children from poor families who suffer from easily repairable genetic deformities or conditions resulting from accidents such as burns which prevent them from having a normal life. The children often require a series of operations, well beyond the means of their families.
The operations are performed in local hospitals by Indonesian surgeons. Visiting volunteer consultants transfer their skills and knowledge to Indonesian medical personnel in special surgical training sessions. The Foundation also works in cooperation with the humanitarian programs of the Indonesian Armed Forces, supporting cleft operations and conducting surgical training sessions for their surgeons. JFF website.
The work of the organisation can be found on the website. The ‘adopt a mobile eye clinic’ program will be of particular interest to schools and service organisations seeking large projects to support.
The John Fawcett Foundation
JL. Pengembak 16, Blanjong, Sanur, 80238, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
PO Box 1101
Nedlands WA 6909