Relief for Human Suffering Foundation

Vision Quest Blog

Mission to Restore the Gift of Sight and Relieve Human Suffering

August 14, 2022


Rui Babilonia, Non-profit Blogger & Volunteer, R4HS Foundation

Hello and welcome, everyone! First and most importantly, thank you for gifting your time to our organization. It’s so nice to have you here visiting us. I am excited to use this blog to introduce you all to the who, what, why, how, when, and where of the Relief for Human Suffering (R4HS) Foundation. Each blog post will cover some aspect of these seven questions. My name is Rui Babilonia. I am humbled to be a contributing member of an organization passionately working to make the world a better place.

This blog post is the first and one of many you can expect to find here sharing about who we are as individuals and organization, what we do, why we are passionate about our mission, how we do what we do, and who are the beneficiaries of our services, and much, much more. While the ultimate dream for all helpers around the globe is to live in a world where suffering such as the one that fuels our mission does not exist, we will work relentlessly in the meantime to reach as many people as possible.

Mr. Rogers, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”


As with most goals in life, the beginning of our journey started with the vision of our future, and from there, we worked backward to accomplish each task. So without further ado, allow me to begin by taking you five years back to the future of our vision quest journey. But do not be confused thinking the five-year mark is an ending because it is only a tiny portion of our continuous timeline to restore the gift of sight and reduce the suffering caused by easily treatable medical conditions in developing countries.

It is 2027, and I could not be more pleased to share the exponentially growing number of individuals who have benefited from the services funded by our generous donors, which are also increasing day by day. You can find some of their life-changing stories highlighted by the blog as you join us on our journey to provide services to the suffering. One of the main secret ingredients behind our success in reaching those who are in need is YOU (our donors and supporters) and people like you. Our ability to increase the frequency of relief operations and expand the coverage of our mission is possible because of the steady stream of generous donations from one-time and residual supporters.


Photo: One of 13 outreach centers across Nigeria, impacted by the Foundation’s work in June 2022

Our ever-expanding network of carefully selected local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across Africa has increased the ease of getting help from our organization for so many people who were suffering because of accessibility-to-care issues. Now, you might be wondering exactly how our organization can achieve these wonderful accomplishments within such a short time. Our dedicated volunteers in and outside of the United States are the source from which all things accomplished by the organization are possible. We started with only a handful or so of volunteers but quickly grew our ranks by attracting people who are also passionate about helping people.

Mr. Rogers, “Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”

Our day-to-day operational functions are all done by volunteers who generously give their time and dedication to continuously improving our organization. Many of our volunteers have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work dedication. Within the short five-year span, our amazingly capable, creative, and innovative volunteer team has increased organizational efficiency and successful completion of numerous missions, small and large. I am truly amazed how a group of people powered by the goodness in their hearts and a genuine passion for making the world a better place can consistently meet and surpass every organizational goal in keeping with our mission. Our volunteers mean everything to our organization, and we are immensely proud of them because they possess giving hearts. Click here to check out the smiling faces of our volunteers and read about why they are so passionate about this important work!

Mr. Rogers, “I hope you’re proud of yourself for the times you’ve said ‘yes,’ when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else.”

Without our volunteers, we could not have achieved all of the wonderful things within these last five years we are so excited to tell you about! Come back and visit our blog so we can properly share with you the wonderful stories and behind-the-scene details that have made all the successes we have had at R4HS foundation possible! I look forward to sharing so much more with you! Come back soon to read about Dorothee and others like her who have benefited from the services provided by R4HS Foundation.


Dorothee: Cataract surgery recipient, Cameroon

Until next time, come and explore our website, join us on our mission, or donate! Lastly, thank you for gifting your time!


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