Who can be a community partner (Sponsor) to conduct a camp?
Any individual or voluntary social service organization – such as religious groups, industries, trusts, banks, hospitals, community based NGOs, recreation and welfare clubs, farmers associations, village presidents – interested in the community welfare may sponsor an eye camp in terms of partnering with service providers. Retain smilez expects sponsors who are self motivated aiming to serve the community.
The sponsors have the primary role of setting up campsite preferably a school venue with the necessary support facilities viz. furniture, electricity, water etc. and also to care of the publicity needs. They are responsible for assembling patients and providing lodging and food for the medical team.
How to select an ideal place for a camp?
A village with a population of ten to twenty thousand including the surrounding areas in an accessible radius of 5 Kms is selected for conducting an eye camp. A convenient venue (such as a large school building in the area) and a suitable date (which does not interfere with local festivals, marriages and other functions or with other camps) will be selected for conducting the camp. The village should have good access to the nearby villages to benefit the patients around the main village.
The sponsors are supposed to: