How it all started

From left, Dr Elimeleki Katani and Benjamin Grossmann. Photo by Karolina Skagerberg, 2007-12-08.

From left, Dr Elimeleki Katani and Benjamin Grossmann. Photo by Karolina Skagerberg, 2007-12-08.

The foundation of the organization was set after a trip I made to Tanzania in 2005, during my years in nursing school at the the Red Cross university college.

During this trip, I got a chance to visit the KCMC hospital. With the Swedish health care system as a frame of reference, it’s safe to say that the visit was shocking. When the hospital’s field workers arrived at the different villages, the areas were immediately filled with hopeful people. They all hoped for, and believed in, alleviation of the difficulties and discomforts they suffered from. A lot of the cases didn’t seem too complicated, but for many of the patients, the possibility to receive adequate treatment turned out to be far from obvious.
The reasons were many; a lack of possibility to pay for ones health care, shortage of medicin and equipment and an overstressed health care system, among others.

During one of these field visits, the locals of the most remote villages got a chance to get their visual defects rectified with the aid of glasses. To be present and witness how the life of a nearly blind person changed as she got her seight back, was an indescribable but fantastic experience.
Unfortunately, this was not the case for everyone. Some of the aid seekers had to leave us in despair as they, due to the earlier mentioned reasons, could not get a hold of a pair of glasses. This, on the other hand, was a terrible experience. The look in those people’s eyes made me wish for an opportunity to help all of these individuals create a better every-day life.

– Benjamin Grossmann, founder Involvaid