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Meet – Dr Helena Ndume, Namibian born award-winning Ophthalmologist and Humanitarian, notable for her charitable work among sufferers of eye-related illnesses in Africa. To date, she has performed sight-restoring surgeries upon 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,” said Dr. Ndume. 

Her motivation to serve those less fortunate than her stems from the civil unrest that she witnessed as a child. She was forced to flee her homeland at the age of 15, she lived in Zambia, Gambia (where she completed secondary school), and Angola, before attending medical school in Germany and returned to Namibia after obtaining her Medical degree. 
Dr. Ndume is currently the Head of the Ophthalmology Department at Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia’s largest hospital. 
In 2009, she was honoured with a humanitarian award by the NRCS for her work in restoring sight to those blinded by cataracts. In 2015, she became one of the first recipients of the United Nations Nelson Mandela Prize. In 2018, she was listed as one of BBC’s 100 WOMEN. 

Join us in celebrating her

Every day, the media tells us that the most successful, balanced, and progressive people in the world are white.
As black women, we are often portrayed as (or, as we see with Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama and Serena Williams, to name just a few, reported by the media as) sassy, or aggressive. 
The bigger picture is that when we go out into the world, the lack of positive representation in the media and the lack of any representation in industry, makes coping with intersectionality and coping with the thousands of macro and micro aggressions we encounter even harder. 
What do you think?
#representation #diversity #womenofcolour #minorities

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