Lunch with Joyce Samoutou-Wong, Founder of New Sight

Doing it afraid, stepping out of your comfort zone, making a difference, no-frill parenting, eating humble pies.  If any of these interest you, come and embrace a piece of African jungle over lunch!

Hear the story of how an ordinary girl in Hong Kong changed the lives of thousands and more in Congo, Africa. Dr. Joyce Samoutou-Wong is a winner of Women of Hope Award (2017) and the International Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (2012).  She will share with us her personal journey in Africa —  leaving behind the prospect of a bright, professional career, uprooting her family from the UK to move to Africa, and homeschooling 3 young children in Congo.  Joyce’s experiences have forever changed the perspectives of many who have heard her.

New Sight Congo operates in the Republic of Congo to restore and protect sight, thus transforming lives and communities in the region.  Currently, the Samoutous operate an eye clinic and are working towards building an eye hospital to give hope to more people.  The meaningful work of Joyce and Henri has been featured in the BBC and South China Morning Post, and was the subject of a documentary series by Cable TV. See Joyce’s biography below.

Events Details

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Time: 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Venue: Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House Street, 27/F, Central, Hong Kong

Cost: $780 (includes a 3-course meal where wine will be served)

Organizer: Harvard Club of Hong Kong

RSVP: Required. Please click here to RSVP and pay via Harvard Club HK.

Event Contact: Cindy Hung at


About Dr. Joyce Samoutou-Wong

Dr. Joyce Samoutou-Wong BSc (Hons) MBChB DRCOG DTMH MRCGP and her husband Henri are the founding directors of the charity New Sight Eye Care, and the 2012 winners of the Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA). Joyce, a recipient of the Women of Hope Award (2017), has been involved in several humanitarian projects across the globe, including running a mobile clinic and creating a successful first aid program along the ancient Silk Road in Uzbekistan.

An inspirational and sought-after speaker known for her sincerity and natural ability to make the audience both laugh and cry, Joyce has been invited to speak in several countries to audiences such as the Royal Geographic Society and Harvard Club. In 2017, the Samoutous were invited to the Forbes Philanthropy Summit in New York.

Joyce, a Hong Kong native, graduated from Diocesan Girls’ School and received the Hong Kong Outstanding Students’ Award before winning a full scholarship to study at the United World College of the Atlantic in the UK. She then read medicine at the University of Edinburgh, which was followed by a stint as a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

The meaningful work of Joyce and Henri has been featured in the BBC and South China Morning Post, and was the subject of a documentary series by Cable TV.

About New Sight:

New Sight transforms lives by giving the priceless gift of sight.

In 2006, Joyce and Henri Samoutou relocated from the UK to develop a non-profit eye centre in a missionary hospital in the rainforest of Gabon. The eye centre has since become self-sufficient and continues to help around 6000 patients a year. In 2012, they founded New Sight Eye Care, and together with their three young children, moved to the jungle in the Republic of Congo to pioneer its first non-profit eye centre with surgery.

New Sight provides comprehensive non-profit eye services, including consultations, glasses fitting, medical and surgical treatments, as well as free screening and community eye care education. It also empowers the local community by training nurses and administrative staff.

New Sight is currently working towards a new eye hospital in the town of Ouesso, where the strategic location will extend its reach to the whole of Congo, as well as neighbouring countries.

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