Operation Ethiopia’s mission is to provide quality eyecare including treatment for and prevention of blindness and eye disease to poor people in Ethiopia. Additionally, we continue to facilitate humanitarian aid to the Jews in Ethiopia, which was our founding cause. In 2014 our family of six went to volunteer in the Jewish Community of Gondar, Ethiopia for one week. We were shocked by what we saw ?extreme poverty, visibly malnourished children, no medical care. On our last day they found out one of us was an eye doctor and lined up by the hundreds to have their eyes checked. We had no equipment but checked each person and did our best. We returned home deeply affected by our experience and decided to do something about it. We have since created an organization that provides medical Eyecare and feeding assistance to the Jewish community in Ethiopia, and Eyecare to the wider (non-Jewish) villages. Our activities include a feeding program for 500 malnourished children and 200 nursing mothers in the Jewish compound of Gondar that we co-run with SSEJ (Struggle to Save Ethiopian Jewry). We provide primary eyecare treatment at On-site Eyecare clinics we set up four times a year in both the Jewish community of Gondar and also in the surrounding villages. We run Cataract campaigns twice a year that perform hundreds of sight restoring cataract surgeries over one week on patients blind from dense cataracts. We started a doctor training program that brings Ethiopian eye doctors to Israel for advanced sub specialty training for four month periods. We do first aid and CPR training on site in Ethiopia in Gondar University hospital and soon to be in the Gondar Jewish community. We bring volunteers with us on our medical missions, which we run four times a year. Our Founder + Director Dr. Morris Hartstein, FACS is a Harvard trained oculoplasic surgeon who is the recipient of the 2022 Nefesh B’Nefesh Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion prize for Global Impact.
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