Dr. Helena Ndume is a Namibian ophthalmologist who is internationally renowned for her humanitarian work. To date, she has performed sight-restoring surgeries for over 35,000 Namibians, completely free of charge.
“There’s no money in this world that can pay the joy of someone who was so blind for so many years and then suddenly they regain their vision,” she says.
Dr. Ndume’s motivation to serve those less fortunate than her stems from the civil unrest that she witnessed as a child. Forced to flee her homeland at the age of 15, Helena lived in Zambia, Gambia (where she completed secondary school), and Angola, before attending medical school in Germany. She joined SEE International’s roster of over 600 volunteer eye surgeons in 1995.
Dr. Helena Ndume sat down with Ghanaian YouTuber, Wode Maya to talk about the journey, challenges and future plans.