Vision Aid Overseas

640 million people worldwide can’t see properly to learn and earn simply because they need glasses. Vision Aid Overseas exists so that children in Africa who can’t see can learn and get an education, and adults who can’t see can earn to support their families and contribute to their communities.

Ruth Davies first went on a Vision Aid Overseas project to Uganda in 1998. Since then she has led 10 projects in Malawi, and one each in Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia. She will be returning to Zambia in 2019. The projects have included setting up optical workshops in Malawi as well as training and being involved with examining students. Nina Newsom has been on a project to remote villages in Uganda.

Exciting news – Dispensing Optician, Sharon Williams, put her name forward as a volunteer and has been accepted on a Vision Aid Overseas assignment to Zambia in May 2019.

She will be giving training to Optical Technician students just north of Lusaka. She worked hard to qualify as a Dispensing Optician while working full-time at Newsom & Davies and is looking forward to sharing her experience and expertise.

Sharon is currently fundraising for her assignment and encouraging her work colleagues and friends to join her on a 5-kilometre Glow in the Park Course. Sharon is intending to run it as the pinnacle of her “Couch to 5K” training.

Donations to support the work of VAO are always welcome and we are a collecting point for unwanted spectacles.

We are always very happy to talk about the work of VAO and you can find out more by visiting the website

As well as donations of unwanted spectacles VAO needs money to fund its work.  Ruth has raised nearly £10,000 with a solo parachute jump and by running the Great Ethiopian Run of 10K in Addis Ababa.  We are waiting to see what the next challenge will be!