Worldwide, the most common eye problem and a big contributor to school drop out rate's and unemployment is uncorrected vision, with millions of adolescents in the most vulnerable areas lacking sufficient eye testing and necessary care. Children are falling behind in school, therefore leaving them uneducated, unemployed and falling into the cycle of poverty and locking them into a lifetime of disadvantages. By providing children with the gift of vision, they will be given another chance at life
Poor vision is a clear barrier to education and employment, and most children and their families in the poorest areas of the world are often unaware of their difficulties. Because of little to no access to opticians and/or glasses, the most common global eye problem is uncorrected vision. 2.5 billion people, 80% of them in just 20 countries, need a simple pair of glasses.
We intend to identify individuals in rural and disadvantaged communities across Africa and create a link with eye specialists to provide vision testing and necessary eye care, giving children in need a new chance at life, further promoting the health of the broader community. Screening by professionals will allow us to identify a child's individual need and training will be provided to the child and their family to ensure proper use and maintenance of the device.
This presents a major opportunity for change, as 80% of all causes of visual impairment are curable or preventable. Children that lack adequate vision, fall behind in school and are often eventually left unemployed. By tackling the root cause of their learning difficulties, the donation will not only provide children with the ability to live life to the fullest, but to reduce inequalities they face on a daily basis and include them in the development process.