Over 400 people in Cape Verde undergo free cataract surgery

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• The project, boosted by Cavibel in collaboration with Elena Barraquer Foundation and Ruta de la Luz, seeks to improve the visual health of the citizens in the country.

• In total, close to 1,000 people were able to improve their sight thanks to this initiative.

Let Your Eyes Enjoy!, a project initiated by Cavibel – subsidiary of the Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company – in collaboration with Elena Barraquer Foundation and Ruta de la Luz, provided free cataract surgery in Cape Verde last week; from the 25th to the 31st of March. More than 400 people received free cataract surgery thanks to the initiative and more than 500 children received free eye tests. In addition, more than 360 glasses are being donated to those children who need them.

A team of 14 members took on the task of implementing the project in Cape Verde. Elena Barraquer headed a team of 10 volunteers from her namesake foundation, while Sonia Ventosa, Public Affairs & Communications Manager at Equatorial Coca-Cola, and two volunteers from Ruta de la Luz completed the team. Together, they worked to bring better eyesight – and smiles – to the people of Cabo Verde at the Hospital Agostinho Neto in Praia.

Let your eyes enjoy! represents the combined efforts of three key collaborators. The role of Cavibel; a subsidiary of Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the official bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products in 13 countries in North and West Africa; was to prepare all the necessary groundwork for the surgeries to take place smoothly. For its part, the Elena Barraquer Foundation, a non-profit organization on a mission “to return eyesight to the greatest number of people”, contributed its equipment and personnel to carry out the operations. Finally, Ruta de la Luz of the Cione Group of Opticians, a foundation that seeks to improve the visual health of disadvantaged populations, gave free eye tests and donated glasses to those who needed them.

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