Optometry Giving Sight Grants Over $800,000 in Project Funding for 2021!

Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) is pleased to announce that for 2021 it has awarded over $800,000 in grant funding for eye care projects around the world for communities in need.

In a joint statement from Juan Carlos Aragon OD, Chair of the U.S. board, and Susan Cooper OD, Chair of the Canadian board, “We are delighted that we were able to designate funds for 26 projects in over 21 different countries, including the United States and Canada, during our Spring and Fall funding cycles. We want to thank all our donors for their incredible support this year.”

Anne Marie Hand, Executive Director at Optometry Giving Sight, stated, “Our donors truly make a difference in the lives of thousands of people every year and we are so grateful for their support. All the projects we funded represent our dedication to the three pillars of OGS:

  • Train community members to become eye care professionals
  • Establish and support schools of optometry and vision centers
  • Deliver eye care services to communities in need ”

Starting in 2022, and in subsequent years, OGS will move from two funding cycles per year to one, which will occur each summer. More information will be available early in 2022 on our funding page.

The following table provides the names of all our implementing partners who received a  grant in 2021.

Organization Project Location
Asia Pacific Council of Optometry Worldwide (virtual)
Brien Holden Foundation Tanzania
Brien Holden Foundation Vietnam
Ecole d’optométrie de l’université de montréal Mali
Global Ophthalmic Institute South Africa
India Vision Institute India
Mzuzu University Malawi
Ohio Optometric Foundation United States
Operation Eyesight India
Penonome Lions Club Panama
Restoring Vision Dominican Republic
Right to Sight Ghana
Saving KidSight United States
See Better. Learn Better Jamaica
Seva Foundation Nepal
Siloam Mission Canada
Special Olympics Kenya, United States & Virtual
Symbiosis International Bangladesh
Ver Bien para Aprender Mejor Mexico
Vision Aid Overseas Sierra Leone
Vision for the Poor Guatemala
Vision Institute of Canada Canada
Vision Spring Ghana & Vietnam
VOSH California Nicaragua
VOSH International (2) Worldwide