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About PJ Saine
ORBIS is a non-aligned, non-profit global development organization. Their goal is to preserve and restore sight by strengthening the capacity of local partners to prevent and treat blindness. I have been privileged to work with Orbis as Volunteer Faculty, as a Telemedicine Consultant, and as a PR Photographer.
At the same time, I have been pursuing a long term personal photographic project documenting Orbis' work in blindness prevention. The official story (capsualized below) describes Orbis as a many tiered, multi-national effort. There is, of course, much to this perspective. It takes significant effort to transport a modern Flying Eye Hospital to countries with less advanced eye care.
However, my personal perspective is that the Orbis experience is strongest when individuals from very different backgrounds use eye health as a common ground for communication. I'm interested in how Orbis enables interactions between individuals of various cultures. I'm interested in showing each person's expression of care: interactions between patients and professionals, between colleagues of different philosophies, and between learners and mentors.
Best known for their flying eye hospital, ORBIS delivers eye care and blindness prevention resources in four distinct ways:
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