His Majesty King Constantine of Greece recognized Ermitage students who participated in the ICU2 Eye Camp in India during a special presentation to the Round Square Board of Trustees on Saturday, March 15, 2014. HM King Constantine presided over the annual Round Square Board of Trustees meeting, which was held at Ermitage from March 14 - 16, 2014.
Student leaders presented an overview of their two-week adventure in India to His Majesty and the Round Square Board of Trustees. The students, ranging in nationality from French to Argentinian and Singaporean, took the audience on a journey through their eye camp project, where they successfully screened 9159 patients over a span of four days. The mission of ICU2 is to detect any eye care problems that may exist, ranging from nearsightedness, farsightedness, strabismus, cataract and more.
Of the 9159 patients screened, over 8500 pairs of free glasses were distributed, 325 free cataract surgeries were conducted and 400 doses of free antibiotics administered. The response from the community was overwhelming and the students enjoyed the personal interactions they shared, whether offering water to those waiting in line, receiving a blessing as a sign of gratitude or just sharing a smile. The transformative project challenged students to push themselves beyond their physical and mental limits. Students were equally rewarded by developing a new global perspective and by gaining new connections with international peers and memories that will fill their hearts for a lifetime.
For the past seven years, Ermitage students have been returning to the city of Indore, India in partnership with the Daly College. In recent years, the Choithram Nethralaya Eye Hospital has become a partner, enabling ICU2 to provide free cataract surgeries and follow-up care. This exceptional opportunity is student-led, with students school-wide raising funds throughout the year as well as a variety of different roles throughout the project ranging from campaigning, crowd management, detecting cataracts, conducting eye exams, distributing glasses and more.
His Majesty presented the following students with awards and Round Square badges, including: William Allen, Thomas Bolze, Christine Cobaugh, Axel Farhi, Aswin Sri Kumaran G, Marianne Gazet, Ulysse Ha, Sofia Hardoy, Tyrah van Berge Henegouwen, Alexia Koch, Paloma Labbé, Louise Lalande, Adam Mur, Ophelia Sanderson, Ines Speight, Ines Suarez, and Rowena Waldron.
Two student ambassadors from the Daly College of Indore participated in Saturday’s presentation via Skype. Dr. Sumer Singh, Principal of Daly College, was also in attendance as a member of the Round Square Board of Trustees to recognize the students’ achievements.
Following the ICU2 Eye Camp, Ermitage students continued onto Mumbai where they connected with correspondents at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School and were hosted in families. During their time in Mumbai, students volunteered with various NGO groups, attended classes and explored the city.
Additional guests during Saturday’s event included representatives from the Ermitage Round Square Student Government as well as students from the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, who are participating in the second phase of the exchange and who are currently being hosted by Ermitage students.
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