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About Our Charity Organization – Orbis

The leaders of the aviation and medical industries brought the charity organization Orbis to life through their collaborative efforts. Eventually, their collaboration yielded Orbis' mobile teaching hospital, which allowed experienced and highly-trained doctors to share their knowledge with doctors from low-income nations. The hospital of the charitable organization was originally housed in a DC-8 aircraft. However, over time, a wide-body DC-10 came to replace it, following which the hospital started performing eye surgeries as well. The success of the mobile teaching hospital led to the charity organization in Hong Kong adding fellowships and hospital-based training programs as well. The long-term programs, across countries such as India, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Ethiopia, and regions like the Caribbean and Latin America, have proved successful. The efforts of the charitable organization in Hong Kong have led to improved quality of eye care for residents of these countries and regions. Accessibility to eye care services is also better now, particularly for impoverished urban communities and rural areas. Right now, Orbis also offers online consultation services, which includes education, real-time consultation, and professional mentoring. The initiative, titled Cybersight, was launched in 2003 and it operates 24/7, which has played a key role in improving the skills of developing countries' eye care professionals.

About The Work of Our Charitable Organization:

1. What is Orbis involved in as a charity organization?

Right now, Orbis is working across the following fronts as a charitable organization:

‧ Flying Eye hospital (mobile teaching hospital)

‧ Country programs

‧ Cybersight - Telemedicine

‧ Volunteer facility

‧ Advocacy

‧ Community outreach

‧ Eye care technology and innovation

‧ Collaborations and partnerships

2. In which countries is Orbis active right now?

Orbis is presently active in various continents. In Africa, the charity organization is active in the countries of Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, and Ethiopia.

In Asia, the activities of the charitable organization have made a difference in the countries of China, Bangladesh, India, and Vietnam.

In Latin America, Orbis' activities are prominent in the countries of Guyana and Peru.

3. What eye conditions does Orbis focus on?

While Orbis' focus is on enhancing all types of eye care services in low-income countries and regions of the world, the charity organization in Hong Kong prioritizes spreading awareness about particular eye problems, such as:

‧ Glaucoma

‧ Diabetic retinopathy

‧ Childhood epiblepharon

‧ Strabismus

‧ Eye allergies

‧ Eye floaters

4. How have Orbis' partnerships helped to improve eye care?

Orbis partners and collaborates with a variety of organizations, both government and non-government, across the 74 projects that the charity organization is undertaking in 19 countries around the world. The collaborations have yielded numerous successes. For instance, Orbis partnered with numerous Ethiopian hospitals in 2019, and the partnerships helped to take 13.5 million antibiotic doses to the masses of Ethiopia. The antibiotics were aimed at the treatment of prevention of a bacterial infection that can cause blindness, known as trachoma.

5. Is Orbis a member of any global initiative to improve eye care?

Yes, Orbis is a charitable organization that's a member of multiple global initiatives such as the G4 Alliance, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. The charitable organization in Hong Kong also has cordial relations with the WHO.

6. What are the ways to support Orbis?

As a charity organization, Orbis offers a variety of ways for interested individuals and businesses to support its projects around the globe, such as:

‧ Charity sales

‧ Event sponsorship

‧ Joint fundraising events

‧ Donation boxes

‧ Corporate partnerships

‧ Sight-saving project

7. How can I support Orbis through direct deposits?

You can either support Orbis through direct deposits, or contribute to the charitable organization by credit card or cheque.

To help to the charity organization in Hong Kong through a direct deposit, you can use the following bank account details of the charity organization:

‧ Citibank 006-391-91060869

‧ Hang Seng Bank 258-206333-001

‧ HSBC 600-656565-001

8. How can I support Orbis by credit card or cheque?

To contribute to the charitable organization in Hong Kong by cheque, you need to fill up the form. Once you've completed filling up the relevant form, please return it to the following address:

G.P.O. Box 7419, Central, Hong Kong

The cheque should be made payable to:

Project Orbis International, Inc.

To support the charitable organization in Hong Kong by credit card, fill up the relevant form and either fax it to the following number:

(852) 2858 8888 / 2505-5179

Or, you can send the completed form to the following email address:

[email protected]

9. Can I play a voluntary role in Orbis' projects?

Yes, Orbis offers volunteers in the field of eye healthcare multiple opportunities to play contributory roles across all its projects. You can join the charity organization in Hong Kong as an individual volunteer or a group/corporate volunteer. You can also enrol as a co-organizer of eyecare events.

10. What roles are volunteers assigned in Orbis' projects?

Volunteers are assigned roles based on their strengths. For instance, if you have photography skills, you may be assigned the role of a photographer who covers all the events of the charity organization.