Friday, January 26, 2018

Donations gratefully received for Oak Tree trust 87 Belvidere Road Walsall WS1 3AU at Lloyds TSB sort code 30 93 75 and account number 00364963. we can reclaim gift aid from HMRC
Many thanks
Ian Robertson

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kashmir project for cataracts and oral health lessons in schools

 donation to the cost of running this eye camp

The eye camp team including Dr Usman who gave their services to perform cataract surgery

 Some of the many patients treated
 children is many schools visited to do dental checks and instruction on tooth care

These pictures show Kasguma Hospital in Kashmir that Ian visited and supported a free eye camp performing 78 cataract operations and seeing over 400 patients for eye advice. Also visited over 10 schools and 2 colleges to give oral health advice and check their teeth. Picture of the team including brothers of Adam who contributed to this eye camp.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Trip to Zimbabwe

Successful trip to Zimbabwe where we distributed over 7 tons of food to really needy families, gave dental health instruction to 4 schools, visited the new school we have helped to build at Falcon near Harare and donated to an old people's home which had been opened and built by Princess Diane in 1998 and was now in imminent threat of closure.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

on going projects

A new year with plans for continuation of the work. More eye camps are planned at the start of March in Pakistan and Kashmir( provision of free cataract operations to give sight back to those who currently have to beg to survive and so allow them to get back to providing for their family ) . I have got a new passport after the old one got stuck in the visa department .
There is also a joint project with another charity ' Children of Adam' to provide and distribute basic food in two Countries Malawi and Zimbabwe... where the economies have collapsed leaving many very poor people. We would be also so pleased to visit the primary school we helped to build in the outskirts of Harare. We continue to support a teacher there as the local people have hardly enough money for food never mind school education. The little boy who suffers from illness when exposed to sunlight continues to receive a supply of special cream that allows him to go outside and play with his friends.

That should happen in March also.. again dependent on others who have the direct contact to set up the details.

 Meanwhile the dental work continues in Gurjrat and Kasguma. There has been considerable reorganisation in the 'Smile Train' organisation but the lobbying to the USA controlling group has continued and I hear from Professor Bedi that a plan to ensure proper dental assessments and follow up for all cleft lip and palate patients worldwide is progressing .. a goal that will produce wonderful benefits to the 100,000 patients who receive a cleft lip or palate operation each year.
Completed Hospital in Gurjrat
                                                     Dental surgery in Kasguma Kashmir

Friday, November 25, 2016

More Free Cataracts Sponsored update 20th November 2016
We are pleased to report that this month of November Oak Tree was able to provide over 300 free cataract operations in the poorest area of Pakistan controlled Kashmir.. There simple operations are performed by Dr Usman who donates his time and we provide the eye drops, the diabetes blood test material and provision of lenses and dressings. These total £30 per patient.. to enable a patient to see again and so able to look after themselves and support their family by working seems an excellent deal and very well worthwhile. There operations were done deep in Kashmir where access to other medical care is very difficult.
Also the dental surgery in Kasguma has been very busy ... treating many patients free of charge.. a large number of blind patients from the nearby Orphanage in Didyal

Saturday, September 3, 2016

update september 2016

3rd September
Frustration at having a delay in issue of a visa for Pakistan has resulted in a delay to get over to check on dental surgery now operational in Kasguma. Kashmir... however now hoping for October departure!
However made contact with a number of dental colleagues who are keen to go and help out at this new surgery and at an orphanage established at Mirpur close by.
I am pleased that at least this surgery is now serving the local community and look forward to visiting and engaging in local schools with a diet and oral hygiene talk to promote good dental health