Vision Aid Overseas

Restoring sight is the single most cost effective health intervention to reduce poverty, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Vision Aid Overseas have been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see clearly since 1985. Whether a teacher in Ghana, a seamstress in Zambia, or a school pupil in Ethiopia, poor eye sight can have a devastating impact on a persons life and livelihood.

The Vision: No one lives in poverty because of poor eyesight; no one lives with poor eyesight because of poverty.
The Mission: To enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eye care.

640M people worldwide can't see simply because they need glasses £200BN worth of productivity is lost every year because so many people do not have the glasses they need 80% of all vision impairement is preventable or curable

Vision Aid Overseas deliver their mission through:

  • Mobilising Professional Volunteers to use their expertise in eye care
  • Building the capability of local and national institutions through training, education and developing infrastructure for the supply of affordable glasses
  • Providing additional capacity to local agencies in the delivery of eye care directly to patients

Vision Aid Overseas works with Professional Volunteers in the countries that we work in to provide training to local eye care workers, to establish Vision Centres where patients can access eye care services and to support outreach services in rural communities. Their Professional volunteers are integral to Vision Aid Overseas and help them achieve their mission to fight poverty by transforming access to eye care and affordable glasses in Africa.

Recycle your old glasses!
and help those in need...

Step 1: Visit any Barracloughs store and pop your old and unused specs into the VAO bin provided

Step 2: VAO receive and sort the glasses for recycling.
They are no longer sent overseas, they are recycled for their precious metals.

Step 3: Income generated from recycling is used to support VAO's programmes overseas.
1 in 10 people in Africa can't see properly to learn and earn simply because they need glasses.

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