HI Iceland supports a humanitarian project in Brazzaville in Congo
HI Iceland assist in collecting glasses for orphans and people in need of glasses, in Brazzaville in Congo, Africa.
Sæmundur Jóhannesson works as an air mechanic and has travelled all around the world due to his profession.
When travelling through Brazzaville in west Congo he heard of a great lack of glasses for the people and that a hospital that is run by two nuns in the city, collect old glasses and distribute them to the ones in need.
The founder of the hospital is Brigitte Yengo and is a doctor.
The function of the hospital is threefold, partly for poor sighted, partly for general nursing and partly a home for orphans.
The nuns welcome and take care of everybody that comes into the hospital gratuitously.
Sister Yengo has dedicated her life to help orphans and disabled children and is called the Mother Theresa of Congo. A lot of poverty is in Brazzaville and the hospital receives no government help.
Children from 6 months to 16 years old were very happy when Sæmundur brought the first shipment of glasses to Brazzaville. A professional helps selecting and distributing correct glasses to the ones who need them.
Sæmundur started his collection in the summer of 2015 and has collected 1400 glasses in Iceland. Most of the glasses come from clinics in Reykjavik that carry out laser eye operations. Clients leave their glasses after receiving better sight after an operation.
Now HI Iceland has teamed up with Sæmundur and for those who have extra or old glasses not in use, can bring them to any of our HI hostels.
There are three hostels in Reykjavik, Loft Hostel, Reykjavik Downtown Hostel and Reykjavik City Hostel. There are also 30 hostels all around Iceland. It is also possible to bring them to the office of the Air Mechanics Organization at Borgartún 22 in Reykjavik.
Facebook page for Collecting glasses for people in need in Brazzville, Congo.
Sister Yengo's Children