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 in Vision Aid Overseas project to Uganda in 1998. Since then she has led 10 projects in Malawi, one in Ethiopia and one in Zambia. She will be going to Ghana in 2018. 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.
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 www.visionaidoverseas.org
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!