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CIERC opens new optical clinic

- Joseph Direkoro

Gerehu, Port Moresby: The Callan Inclusive Education Resource Centre (CIERC) in Gerehu officially opened their optical clinic on Friday, February 9th 2018. 

With the purpose to serve children including adults with visual impairment, the optical clinic is unlike other optical service providers that have fixed eye glasses. The CIERC clinic have been provided with machines and equipment from Nepal that can cut, grind and adjust the eye glasses according to the need of the clients.

Thus, the simple opening signifies a milestone for the Centre which was achieved through funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DEFAT) with the assistance of Strongim Pipel Strongim Nesin (SPSN) & Callan Service National Unit (CSNU).

Present to officiate the opening was Acting assistant secretary, Nopa Raki and Arnold Koima from the Teacher Education Division of the National Department of Education (NDoE). 

Also present at the ceremony was Catholic Education Secretary of Port Moresby Archdiocese, Danny Kepui, a representative from the Catholic Bishops Conference and the Callan Service Personnel from Kaindi, Wewak, Port Moresby and other Centres.

Among them were Bro Kevin Ryan from the Christian Brothers’ Congregation, Director of the Callan Services, John Kaisek, the Principal of Callan Service National Institute and Martin Brash the new chairperson of CSNI.

Mr Nopa Raki did the ribbon cutting while Fr Vincent blessed the Clinic. The key note address highlighted that such initiative is the efforts of the heroes or idols as in distinguished guests who can be of service to others. It also reflects true Government and Church partnership. 

The Optical Clinic and its work according to the biblical perspective is the continuation of Jesus’ ministry to heal the blind. 

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