There are few places that I love more than the small village of Dera, the people there are the most kind and welcoming people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Learning about the problem of Trachoma gave me a chance to do something for a community that welcomed me without reservation. My eyesight is awful, in fact without glasses or contacts I'm legally blind. I know what it's like not to be able to see, but I'm lucky enough to live in a nation where there are resources to help me. Being able to empathize with people on a sensory level has only strengthened my desire to help. The presence of Trachoma, a disease that hasn't existed in the United States since the early twentieth century, was another thing the spurred my desire to help the people of Dera.
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