Thioro Ndoye joined RestoringVision in February 2023. She spent the majority of her childhood in Senegal, West Africa. Growing up in Senegal allowed Thioro to understand the needs of developing countries. Thioro developed a passion for helping underserved communities while completing an internship on the risks of vaping. After earning her B.A. in Health Services from Rutgers University, Thioro completed her Master’s in Public Health at Thomas Jefferson University and hopes to make a global impact. She most recently served as a Service Coordinator at AmeriHealth Caritas in Philadelphia. Thioro is passionate about public health, global health, and advancing RestoringVision’s mission to solve the global vision crisis.
What do you enjoy most about your work at RestoringVision so far?
One thing I enjoy and appreciate about working at RestoringVision is that everyone is passionate and believes in the mission. I love working closely with everyone to solve the global vision crisis and enjoy having meaningful conversations with coworkers about the positive impact we are making.
Why is this work important to you personally?
Growing up I have always dreamed of being in a profession that would allow me to feel proud of the work that I am doing. Coming from a developing country I understand the need and lack of access to basic things and how difficult it can be. Whenever glasses reach the faces of those in rural areas, I feel as if they have been given to those in rural areas back in my own country.
Who inspires you most and why?
I am most inspired by my mother. My mother came to the United States when she was only 20 years old – with no money, family, or knowledge of the language. She has worked hard to provide us with an education that she never received and also contributes to her own country.
What are you most looking forward to this year in your role at RestoringVision?
I am looking forward to reaching millions of people who need glasses. I am looking forward to helping people to do complex things such as going back to work or the simple joys in life such as reading the newspaper in the morning.
What do you do in your free time when you’re not solving the global vision crisis?
I spend time with my family and friends. I like to go out and explore new areas – especially new restaurants in the area. There’s nothing better than eating good food surrounded by the people you love and care for most.