Shaping Vision - From seeing well to doing well
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In India, 41% of children (under 18 years) are estimated to need visual correction but they either don’t get access to screening, forget the treatment and affordability. Usually in such areas, undetected poor vision is mistaken for a child’s inability to read and write. It is then very difficult for them to even see the blackboard in class which in turn leads to lower grades. This problem is more prevalent in schools where children from lower income group come to study.
We have collaborated with a hospital partner that provides testing equipment and machines and a wholesale vendor to provide us with spectacles (frames with lenses) at reduced costs. The format is to conduct eye check-ups for an entire group of students. Those diagnosed with vision anomalies are provided optimal eyeglasses without charging them a single rupee. We have partnered with 5 government schools with and are now targeting approximately 4500 students. Several nearby corporations come forward to take up the responsibility of one or more schools.
This project is expected to increase the children's average performance in school equivalent to half a year of extra schooling. So far we have tested 3000 students out of which we have given spectacles to 500 of them. They were handed their spectacles by the donors themselves who were able to see a direct impact of the intervention and found themselves connected to the cause. These children were unable to read the blackboards earlier but were able to do so perfectly afterward and had a distinct glee on their faces.
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A solution by: Global Shapers Chandigarh