The collaborative efforts of the Ermitage International School of France, The Emerald Heights International School, Choithram Netralaya, Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust (ICF) and all other stakeholders helped ICU2 Eye Camp 2019 to reach more under privileged compare to the last one. The students, teachers and other staff of the Emerald Heights and Ermitage contributed to the huge success of our 2nd annual ICU2 Eye Camp held from 23-26 February, 2019, wherein 21,000 patients were diagnosed, 20,650 spectacles were distributed, 400 received free cataract treatment and 750 were checked for oral cancer. The camp was organized in collaboration with Friends of Round Square (FRS) and ICU2. The project aimed at providing free-of-cost eye check-ups and cataract operations to the underprivileged.
The camp was held at three different locations. On the first two days, there were two camps running simultaneously at the Emerald Heights School campus and in Khajrana, a locality in Indore and on the last two days the camp was at Dewas, city near Indore.
The second edition of ICU2 was a tremendous success both as a charitable opportunity and a learning experience for the students. Throughout the course of the camp, the students were involved in registration of the patients, vision testing, assisting the optometrist and distributing prescribed spectacles with the help and guidance of doctors from Choithram Netralaya. The patients who were detected with cataract were sent to the hospital for further check-up. This year camp also included a dental check-up for oral cancer by dentists.
Forty-five students and eight teachers from Ermitage School and fifty students from the Emerald Heights were part of this community service project. Prior to the camp, practical training and informative sessions were arranged for the students for vision testing and cataract detection at the Choithram Netralaya with the specialists and witnessed live eye surgery. During the camp also the students screened the patients under the guidance of doctors and specialists.
Before the camp there was a lecture given by Dr. Digpal Dharkar of Indian Institute of Head & Neck Oncology, cancer hospital run by Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust (ICF). In the session the students were educated about the habits and lifestyles causing cancer and how to prevent it. They were also told about the symptoms of mouth and throat cancer and how the students should be dealing with these people. After the training Hindi classes were arranged at the school for the French students so that they can communicate with the patients during canvassing and camp.
All the students and teachers went for canvassing in villages, slums and other places in the adjoining areas of Rau wherein they distributed pamphlets and informed the people about the eye camp being organised.
The students also visited Choithram Fountain School and the Bilingual Academy. At Choithram school our students interacted with children, helped the staff in serving lunch and visited organic farm and at Bilingual Academy they learned sign language and they took art and painting classes for the students.
After the camp, the French students visited Mandu, an ancient fort city located 100 km away from Indore known for its architectural glory. During their stay for the camp, all the French students stayed with the host families.
Community Service at the Emerald Heights is given utmost importance as the school believes that it is an integral part of a student’s development. The school is also an active participant of various Round Square community service initiatives.