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Misean Cara CEO Heydi Foster delivered RTÉ Radio 1’s A Living Word programme from 18th March to 22nd March 2019. Heydi highlighted the work of Misean Cara members in Ghana, Haiti, Sierra Leone, and the Lebanon.

In this episode, Heydi speaks about a project that gives the gift of sight back to people in Ghana, supported by the Sisters of St. Louis.


A Living Word – Heydi Foster – The Gift of Sight

This episode was aired on RTÉ Radio 1 on Tuesday 19th March 2019.

In the town of Pramso in Ghana, about five hours’ drive north of the capital, Accra, the Sisters of St. Louis set up an eye clinic 19 years ago. It has received funding from Misean Cara, so I went to visit it late last year. They showed me where it all started, in what looked to me like a tiny storeroom in the local hospital, St. Michael’s. The Sisters had a vision for an eye care service that would prevent people losing their eyesight because of the neglect of treatable conditions. They took the first step, with faith and courage, and the fruits of their efforts are visible today. There is a fully-equipped unit dealing with eye conditions including glaucoma and cataracts. The benefits are also visible, in a very real way, in the lives of people whose sight has been saved and whose lives have been transformed. People now come from far and wide, and the clinic sees up to 70 patients each day.


In the town of Pramso in Ghana, about five hours’ drive north of the capital, Accra, the Sisters of St. Louis set up an eye clinic 19 years ago. It has received funding from Misean Cara, so I went to visit it late last year. They showed me where it all started, in what looked to me like a tiny storeroom in the local hospital, St. Michael’s. The Sisters had a vision for an eye care service that would prevent people losing their eyesight because of the neglect of treatable conditions. They took the first step, with faith and courage, and the fruits of their efforts are visible today. There is a fully-equipped unit dealing with eye conditions including glaucoma and cataracts. The benefits are also visible, in a very real way, in the lives of people whose sight has been saved and whose lives have been transformed. People now come from far and wide, and the clinic sees up to 70 patients each day.

The key to the success of the whole venture lay in earning the trust of people. The Sisters needed to persuade people, who were already worried about their failing eyesight, that the procedures were safe and would, in nearly all cases, be successful. Missionaries develop this trust over many years of living in the heart of a community, sharing challenges and joys, woven into the fabric of daily life. Missionaries believe that better lives are possible for the people they serve. In Ghana, the work starts and ends with vision.

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Featured Image: Sr. Mary Frimpong and Misean Cara CEO Heydi Foster stand outside the Sisters of St. Louis convent in Pramso in Northern Ghana. Photo:Sam Whelan-Curtin.