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May 19, 2016
Press Release

SAN DIEGO - May 19, 2016 - A team of volunteers sent by San Diego-based International Relief Teams (IRT) will head just south of Ensenada, Baja California on Sunday, May 22 to provide eyeglasses to residents of Maneadero, one of the poorest communities in the area. In partnership with the Ensenada Rotary Club, five volunteers on the team will screen about 125 people throughout the day and provide distance and reading glasses as needed.

Due to poverty and a lack of access to eye care, many of our neighbors in Ensenada, suffer unnecessarily from bad vision, making it impossible for them to read, to learn, and to provide for their families. 

 “These eyeglasses are small miracles for the poor,” says Rose Uranga, IRT Director of Operations & Program Development. “They enable school children to learn, and give adults the ability to work and provide for their families.” 

Rose Uranga will lead the team on Sunday; she has previously led volunteer teams to more than 10 countries over the past 25 years. The crew includes Kelly and Erin Hardiman, Bonita; Marjorie Sanchez, Chula Vista; Kimbie Palacio, San Diego;  Marty Fowler, Jamul.

IRT is committed to helping vulnerable and marginalized families in our neighboring region of Baja California have a chance at a successful future by providing eye glasses and life changing support.


Contact info:

Jenna Montgomery, Communications Manager




San Diego-based International Relief Teams works to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and disaster around the globe, from the forgotten corners of the world to right here at home, by sending volunteer teams and medical supplies to make immediate change for the world’s most vulnerable people. For more information visit: http://www.irteams.org. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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