Doha English Speaking School

Since 2016, the children and teachers from Doha English Speaking School (DESS) have been raising awareness and vital funds to help our fight against avoidable blindness.

Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha, where children aged 3-11 reach their full potential academically and beyond.

Following an Orbis presentation on World Sight Day in 2016 from Orbis volunteer, Louise Garnham, the children and teachers of DESS were inspired to support Orbis through a fundraising campaign led by Qatar Charity.

Since 2016, the school has organised many activities in support of our sight saving work, including lemonade, slime and cupcake sales, a sponsored dress-up day and much more. By 2019, children and teachers had raised an incredible QAR 92,319 (over £20,500).

Hrh the Countess of Wessex Visits Dess

In 2017, as part of her visit to Qatar, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, attended a school assembly at DESS to find out more about the multiple activities children and teachers had led to support the fight against avoidable blindness. The day was marked by a plaque unveiled in her honour.

Inter-school Competition

In November 2018, on the occasion of the Doha Healthcare week, a group of students took part in an inter-school competition hosted by us. The aim of the day was to raise awareness of preventable blindness and for the students to experience different senses while blindfolded:

  • Blind tasting watermelon jelly, puff pastry, guacamole and brie cheese;
  • Locating the voice of their team while blindfolded;
  • And navigating towards a board to try and put the glasses on the “surgeon”.

The colouring competition enabled them to “design” the plane, on the theme “what does the gift of sight means to me?”

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