In 2008, many students in our project schools were found to have eye problems with no treatment. The worse thing is that many parents and teachers discouraged their children from wearing the glasses due to a prevalent misunderstanding that wearing spectacles at young age is detrimental to the development of children's eyesight. However, children would like to attend classes & achieve good grades, but that is only possible if they can see clearly.
Since 2008, Stepping Stones started the Eye Care Project, providing eye screening services & spectacles to migrant children by working with hospitals. Eye operation will be provided to the children. Besides, we have trained groups of volunteers to deliver an interactive, fun class on eye care to the students at every school. To improve parents, teachers & the public's understanding, we made an audience-friendly cartoon, which will be played at schools during parents' meeting or other trainings.
Until now, this project has provided screening services to 21,500 migrant children, distributed 3,345 spectacles and did 26 eye surgeries. Our goal is to provide healthcare services to those children so that they could have the opportunity to pursue further educational success, as well as job opportunities. Also, we are aiming to change the mindset of their parents, teachers and public about the importance and correct way of wearing glasses.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
The official website of the project
Project informational video-I Wear Glasses!
Impact evaluation study report