My mother dragged me in to the opticians and insisted that I was going home with a pair of glasses. My teacher had told my parents that I was struggling to see the board even though I was sat at the front of the classroom. If I’m honest with myself I hadn’t been able to see the board for a couple of years but I got away with it by copying the guy sat next to me. Eventually I got to the point where I could not even see his book well enough from just a few centimetres away and conceded that I would need some help.
I will never forget that feeling, stepping out in to the car park with my new glasses. Looking up at the trees and seeing leaves, not the usual green smudge but individually defined leaves and branches. The journey home was incredible; car lights were no longer orbs but sharply focused red and white lights of different shapes and sizes. I no longer needed to sit at the front of the class and my schoolwork started to pick up. Madeleine another specky had a similar experience and also experienced the revelation of leaves on trees!
This memory and experience has never left me and his been influential in shaping my passion for all things eye related.
- 19 million children under the age of 15 classified as seriously visually impaired.
- 1.4 million of which are blind.
- Many children do not achieve their educational potential due to poor sight.
- The chances of effectively treating children for many conditions decreases as they get older.
There are 700 times fewer trained optometrists in Kenya than in the UK therefore detecting children with sight problems a huge challenge.
A trial has been officially launched today in Kitale, in the west of Kenya: Schools teachers have been trained to use Peek to assess their class and notify the local eye hospital of any children with a sight problem. If the kids don’t come after a certain time the hospital can chase them up to ensure they are seen and treated. If the pilot project proves a success it has the potential to be rolled out across the region and then nationwide.
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Recipe – Beef and Olive Sausage Roll
- 1kg lean beef mince
- 3 small onions finely chopped
- 1 chilli pepper finely chopped (optional)
- 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 150 g sliced green olives
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Mixed herbs
- 1 x egg
As the Chicken pie recipe (yes I’m crazy enough to do it again)
For the filling, put all the ingredients in a bowl and get your hands stuck in – not one for the vegetarians. Mix all the ingredients together till they start to knit together.
Take a piece of clingfilm, lay it out on the surface and spoon the contents on to the cling film. Roll it in to a sausage and twists the end tight.
Place in the fridge for 30-60 mins.
Roll the pastry between two baking sheets with a little flour on it (a tip from the boss – it worked a charm). Roll so it is the right size for the sausage. I folded it several times to get nice neat edges.
Line up the sausage on the pastry and using the baking parchment fold the pastry over the meat and tuck the edges together.
Glaze with a beaten egg
Cook at 180-200ºC for 45 mins