The amazing story of the hospital and it’s girls’ football academy…

 

SO WHAT IS COMMON TO THE HOKEY KOKEY SONG & CHRISTIANO RONALDO? Both are favourites of the girls of who play football at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital. The programme targets girls in age group of 12 – 16 years. It aims to finally become a hub and spoke model wherein football is used as an instrument of change – targeting gender based inequalities, economic exploitation, malnutrition and child marriage, all of which afflict girls in rural Bihar; in short provide equal opportunities to them. The hub is the main eye hospital center at village Mastichak – a 350 bed tertiary care center& Eastern India’s largest eye hospital, working for eliminating blindness in India’s poorest state, Bihar. This centre trains the girls to become either a professional footballer or an optometrist or both. Women’s football in India does not offer long term career opportunities; but in case a girl makes it to the national team she will be entitled to a government job in the sports quota. To gain this opportunity, the girl needs to break in to the national team by the age of 17 years. An Optometrist is the most crucial element in an eye care setup after the eye surgeon (ophthalmologist). The course they will go through is called Bachelors in Optometry and Ophthalmic Techniques, which is a 4 years professional degree course and which can be entered after completing the Standard XII (A Levels). The course is a combination of extensive theory and practical sessions conducted by in-house ophthalmologists as well as visiting faculty. After completing the course the girl is entitled to practice as an Optometrist and will easily earn £3600

 

 

AJEH IS NOT ONLY AN EYE HOSPITAL, IT IS A HUMAN GROWTH LABORATORY EXPERIMENTING WITH OPTIMISING UNBOUND HUMAN POTENTIAL,
PASSION AND SOLIDARITY