Our dear friend Micheal Knipe passed away the morning of 7 February 2019, after a long and courageous battle with illness. Micheal was dedicated to his humanitarian work, a staunch and significant stalwart of the East Timor Eye Program. Through his efforts, significant work has been done in reducing vision impairment and refractive error throughout Timor-Leste. This article published a few years ago gives us an idea of the many contributions made by Micheal:
Joana started an organisation in Timor-Leste and called it 'Fuan Nabilan' which means ‘See with the Heart’ since 2001, has assisted people who are either blind or vision-impaired to function normally in daily life.