60% of people in El Salvador’s rural areas live below the poverty line and 85% have no access to visual health services.
For the children who suffer from untreated poor vision the effects can be devastating. Without vision services these children will forever be at a disadvantage.
Twelve year old Luis (pictured) from a village in El Salvador was struggling to see the chalkboard at school. “I could not see very well,” he relates. “It was hard for me to see the small letters on the chalkboard.”
FUDEM’s “Windows of Light” mobile eye screening program, which is funded with support from Optometry Giving Sight, visited Luis’ school. His life was transformed when he received an eye exam and glasses.
“Now that I have glasses I am doing really well in school.”
FUDEM believes with timely intervention the future for the children of El Salvador will be filled with light and hope.
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