Orbis Ambassador Francis Ng and Feynman’s Sight-saving Visit to Bangladesh
To create more vivid memories for his 9-year old son, Feynman, Francis Ng, Orbis Ambassador, decided to take advantage of the recent Easter Holiday to join our most recent sight-saving mission.
As Francis hopes Feynman can emulate him in growing up independently and self-reliantly, he understands that his son must first learn how cruel fate can sometimes be. “For those in the Third World, daily life is a non-stop struggle and living conditions are unimaginably harsh”, Francis said. “My aim in joining Orbis overseas was to show Feynman just how fortunate he is compared to those in poverty-stricken Bangladesh”, he added.
When asked where he would like to travel, Feynman instantly rejected the idea of visiting somewhere luxurious in favor of an impoverished country where he could try to help the needy. Now safely home, the boy appreciates why us Hongkongers should “never take things for granted”.
During their time in Bangladesh, Francis and Feynman not only visited patients, but also shadowed 8 year-old Bithi’s eye surgery. Francis described a particularly unforgettable scene with the girl’s Mum, “Before Bithi’s operation, she was naturally afraid of the pain she might experience. Remarkably, her mother remained calm and tightly held her daughter’s hand without shedding a tear. As a Dad myself, I can understand how she surrendered her fears about Bithi’s surgery because of the brighter future it would ensure for her little girl in later life.”