There has been a very enthusiastic response to my post with my mother’s drawings of the eye-camp at Dera Baba Jaimal Singh. So here are ten more drawings from the series, in no particular order.
A lot of food has to be prepared to feed the large numbers of blind people, their families and attendants, the volunteer workers and the medical staff.
Self-reliance is important.
There’s a silicaceous dust that pervades the area, and a lot of the elderly end up with cataracts.
My mother had an eye for the logistical aspects of the project.
One of my favourite pictures.
Part of the free service.
In spite of the primitive conditions, the success rate is phenomenal. I think the communal nature of the thing, the fact that it’s done out of a spirit of service, helps the healing.
As you can see, she spent a lot of time at the eye camp. She got to know several of the doctors, nurses and helpers fairly well over the time. But it seems to me that she didn’t really have to know people to be able to produce incisive and sympathetic portraits.