SKF - ORBIS Project
In November 2011, SKF partnered with ORBIS to invite doctors to give eye examinations to children from the SKF Hope School and locals from Mali Village, Lancang County, Yunnan Province. The SKF and ORBIS teams arrived to a warm welcome by the Mali villagers.
Li Xinhua, a teacher at the SKF Hope School said: "SKF's charitable action fully expresses its concern for education in remote areas of China and children development. It is also a way to encourage students to study hard, to be helpful in the world in the future and to help more people in need of help."
During the visit, doctors together with SKF volunteers examined the eyes of pupils and local people. These doctors are trained and developed at the SKF Paediatric Eye Care and Training Centre in Yunnan Red Cross Hospital in the past 4 years. With the examination result, SKF supported 28 pupils to obtain further treatment, including surgery, further optometry and new spectacles.
SKF also brought books, footballs, badminton gears and various stationery to the Hope School pupils and enjoyed a few sports games with the children.
ORBIS is a non-profit humanitarian organisation devoted to the prevention and treatment of blindness in developing countries. SKF began to support ORBIS in 2008 and has become one of the two main company sponsors to ORBIS in China.
Thanks to the trained medical personnel, more and more people are benefiting from SKF's sponsorship. The training part of the project includes hospital-based training programmes, fellowships, pediatric ophthalmologist training, hands-on training, training other healthcare professionals, and community health worker training programme. So far, more than 1,500 medical workers have been trained with the programme.