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Former Cathlamet resident to lead group to Tanzania


November 16, 2017

Wahkiakum High School graduate Ashley (Silva) Calvert will lead a group of six optometry students and one optometrist to Tanzania, Africa this December to provide eye care to people in need. Calvert traveled as a team member last December, and will be returning this year to continue serving the people of Tanzania, who otherwise would receive no eye care.

The people of Tanzania whom this group will help are primarily nomadic people of the Maasai tribe. These people not only need glasses, but they suffer from various infections, diseases and injuries to their eyes. Many of them have never had any eye care, let alone medical care. Last year the team was able to help over 500 people, but there is still much work to be done.

Without the support of kind donors, this trip would not be possible. This trip is completely funded by the generosity of the community, and serves to provide free eye care to the people of Tanzania. Over the last three years, this trip has helped many people in the short time that the students are able to take time away from their studies. The time spent in the country leaves a long term effect on the lives of the patients and does not go unnoticed.

For those who would like to make a charitable donation to this group’s effort, contact Calvert at or 360-431-3839. For information about the organization, the team members, and other ways to help, visit their website at


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