Yesterday Sam headed out to a rural area of Nepal to have a look around one of the pop-up eye clinics. He shared about his experience and how it’s actually been pretty different from what he expected.
“We’re seeing some beautiful things happen. We’re at this eye hospital, I’m seeing all the great things that are being done. So I get that side, it’s very heartwarming, it’s a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of that. But then conversely, there is a heartbreaking reason for all that to happen.”
After meeting some of the locals who are going to have this eye surgery Sam was surprised by their responses. He asked what they’re most looking forward to seeing. He expected them to say their partners or their kids. But, actually, the number one thing all these people are excited for after they receive this eye surgery, is to go back to work.
“There is no one giving out benefits (healthcare), there is no one they can rely on, they just need to get back out there because they have to fight to live. Which is so powerful.”
Morro asked him, what is it about poverty that really gets to you Buttsy?
“You get mixed emotions, to a certain extent it makes you feel horrible about yourself, Sam replied. We’re talking about asking people to give $33 for eye surgery, so every time I buy a pair of shoes for a hundred bucks, am I taking eye surgery away from 3 people? So I find it really challenging.”
Sam says he’s lucky to be a part of the WCE who gives him a platform to influence the people in his circle. He’s excited to take on the responsibility to use that to get a good message out there.
The Brekky Team are off to watch some of the cataract operations today, so hopefully, Sam Butler is braced for that! He says he’s really excited to see some of the eye patches come off and watch the reactions.