Optometry Giving Sight is helping to support an entrepreneurial micro business project in Haiti, and in doing so, promoting training and access to high quality eye care services for the local community. Through funds provided to VOSH for the Haiti EyeGlass Vision Entrepreneurs Project, 24 local people received training in 2012 to help sell reading glasses and sunglasses to those in need.
Additionally, these new ‘vision entrepreneurs’ are trained to help identify people who require prescription glasses or need further ocular treatment, and refer them to a local participating hospital or vision centre.
The enthusiasm of those involved has been remarkable, with many others wanting to become involvedClive Miller CEO Optometry Giving Sight
Joseph Telemaque is one of the newly trained vision entrepreneurs, and has said it is hard to describe just how much the readers program is helping people in his country.
“It is a pleasure for me to participate in the program, because it gives me an opportunity to help many folks who otherwise would not be able to afford buying a pair of glasses,” he said.
“Helping my people make me feel that I’m serving a purpose, that’s saying a lot. I will never stop thanking you for giving me an opportunity to fulfil this purpose!”
David McPhillips, from VOSH, has reported that the achievements and outcomes of the project so far have been very successful.
“The enthusiasm of those involved has been remarkable, with many others wanting to become involved,” he said. “Expansion of the program is very possible.”
Clive Miller, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight has noted the urgent need in this part of the world.
“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and historically, access to high quality optical goods and services for those living in low income communities has been very limited,” he said.
“On behalf of our donors, Optometry Giving Sight is proud to support the work of VOSH in establishing sustainable eye care projects that are helping to train local people.”