the VOA Special English Development Report.
of people need eyeglasses to see clearly but lack the resources to get them. A
group called Give the Gift of Sight provides free eye care and glasses in
nonprofit organization is based in the United States. The executive director,
Greg Hare, says clear vision is a basic human right.
Give the Give of Sight has helped poor
communities in Central and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. This
year, the group is planning to visit thirteen countries. These include
Thailand, Mexico, Cambodia, Romania and Guatemala. About twenty thousand people
are expected at each clinic.
professionals hold clinics for two weeks. Patients receive an eye exam and a
used pair of glasses, if needed.
Gift of Sight held its first clinic in nineteen ninety-one in Costa Rica. More
than eight thousand people came. Since then, the group has helped two and a
half million people in thirty-two developing nations.
Give the Gift of Sight uses volunteers.
It works with Lions Clubs International and other groups in each country. These
partner agencies help collect and restore used eyewear. They also identify
where clinics will be held and prepare for them. The group depends on local
Lions Clubs to identify people in need and to transport them to the clinics.
Italy's Luxottica Group, a leader in
prescription eyewear, launched Give the Gift of Sight twenty years ago. The
company collects used eyewear donated at its stores worldwide. Volunteers clean
and sort the glasses. Greg Hare says Give the Gift of Sight hopes to collect
more than one million pairs of eyeglasses this year.
there is a plenty of need. The World Health Organization estimates that more
than one hundred fifty million people live with three common eye disorders.
Their poor vision is uncorrected but completely treatable. They are
nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism.
nearsighted person has difficulty seeing objects clearly in the distance. A
farsighted person has trouble seeing things up close. For a person with
astigmatism, objects appear blurry at any distance.
that’s the VOA Special English Development Report, written by Jill Moss. For a
link to Give the Gift of Sight, and to learn about the work of other
nonprofits, go to voaspecialenglish.com. I’m Steve Ember.