Optometry Giving Sight is farming out its fund-raising activities in the U.K. to Vision Aid Overseas, a UK-based international vision care charity, founded in 1985, which has already helped more than one million patients in emerging countries. The two charities have been working together since last year.
Under the new structure, Vision Aid Overseas will coordinate and run two initiatives that have been organized by Optometry Giving Sight in the U.K., the World Sight Day Challenge and Cycling for Sight. The donations will be given to education and training projects agreed by Optometry Giving Sight, which will focus its efforts at the global level.
David Shannon, who has been coordinating Optometry Giving Sight's efforts in the U.K. lately, will now concentrate on developing its initiatives in the rest of Europe. The charity already has a presence in Italy. It has reactivated its presence in the Netherlands, where it is sponsoring projects in Vietnam, and it is boosting its present in Norway, where the focus is on Moldova.
Since 2003, Optometry Giving Sight has funded 72 projects in 38 countries that have resulted in basic eye care services being provided to more than 7.6 million people. It has just opened a new optical lab and service at hospital in Lima, Peru, in collaboration with Vision for the Poor. It palns to give 8,000 new pairs of eyeglasses to poor patients in the capital and the Amazon rainforest.
The U.S.-based organization recently announced that it had reached the goal of increasing the amount of funds available to support its projects around the world through the Vision Source Million Dollar Campaign, initiated in 2014. The focus of the funding is a proposed new School of Optometry in Haiti.