And The Winner Is…
Dr. Andrew Bastawrous
The Mazda Rebels with a Cause grant goes to the Eye Bake Program, led by Ted Fellow Andrew Bastawrous.
“The community has spoken and the verdict is out – the project to win the Mazda grant is the Eye Bake Program, led by Ted Fellow Andrew Bastawrous.
In September, Rebels With A Cause introduced its community to four extraordinary Ted Fellows and their projects. From Cesar Harada’s project to create a manned Protei, to Andrew Bastawrous’ project to deliver affordable eye care in hard to access areas, to Ryan Holladay’s location aware music and finally Robert Simpson’s First Responders program.
The votes are in and Andrew Bastawrous’ Eye Bake project is the winning recipient of the Mazda grant. Congratulations to Andrew and his entire team for their splendid efforts, but also a big thank you to you, our community for listening to our challenger stories and for participating with us.
Andrew Bastawrous is a research fellow in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research work has included stints in Sierra Leone, Peru, Belize, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Uganda. His work started out small, testing the revolutionary Peek app in real world settings and establishing best practices for its use in the field. The enormous success of the trial in Nakuru, Kenya is a harbinger of even greater things with over 3,000 organizations from 170 countries hoping to use Peek as a way of reducing blindness worldwide. Andrew is now exploring scaling up and deploying the technology in other areas in the world.
His current project, Eye Bake, started as a blog, a way for friends and family back in the UK to keep up with the couple’s experiences and adventures in Africa with their one year-old son, Lucas. The website, www.eyebakekenya.com, provided pictures of life in their new home, as well as the baking recipes Madeleine was developing in her Kenyan kitchen. Now, it has evolved into a way of funding the continued treatment and surgery for Kenyans who wouldn’t be able to access either otherwise. The project, a health-conscious bakery, will occupy a small structure inside the front gate of Mali Saba, a tent-camp located on the edge of the Menengai crater a few miles outside of Nakuru.
Stay tuned to the community in the coming months, for more updates and developments on Andrew’s Eye Bake Program.”
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