Happy International Women’s Day!

03.08.2016

Today is the International Women’s Day (IWD)! On this day we celebrate women and their social, economic, cultural and political achievements around the world. This year, the IWD campaign theme is ‪#‎PledgeForParity‬. According to the World Economic Forum, it would take until the year of 2133 to achieve global gender parity.

At RestoringVision, we believe that access to vision correction plays an important role in gender parity. Women with near vision impairment that have access to vision correction can improve their lives by:

-Being able to read = improving/continuing their education.
-Being able to work = becoming financially independent and providing for their families.
-Being able to become fully productive = participating in the daily well-being of their communities.

With a clear vision women can fulfill their potential and contribute their best to society.

New Video Series: Stories of Hope from Around the Globe

We have exiting news! Today we are launching the first episode of a new video series called “Stories of Hope from Around the Globe.” The goal of this series is to raise awareness about the need for and impact that reading glasses and sunglasses have on people’s lives by featuring the work of our partners.

We begin the series with Episode 1: “A Rewarding Experience” featuring Helping Haitians in Need, a non-profit dedicated to providing help to Puit Chacha, a small rural area in Haiti. In this episode Paul Hubert, Founder of Helping Haitians in Need, shares his experience dispensing reading glasses and sunglasses in an extremely underserved area. Paul describes how reading glasses and sunglasses impact people’s lives, and how easy and rewarding it is to give the Gift of Sight.

Like the video on YouTube and share it on your social media so that more people can learn about how reading glasses and sunglasses positively change the lives!

THANK YOU for a Great Year!

 
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A Message from the Founder

Dear Partners and Friends,

Welcome to 2016!

Looking back, 2015 was an amazing year for us. We shipped nearly 2.5M glasses and exceeded 5M glasses since we began in 2003. To date we have worked with over 1400 organizations that have provided glasses to people in 115 countries around the globe. Of course, the numbers are only significant in what they represent. Literally millions of people around the world who can keep doing what they love or what they must. And we couldn’t have done it without you. Many thanks to our partners in the 4th Quarter of 2015. And thanks to all of you for your help in letting us continue to do what we do.

Warm wishes,

Mark Sachs, Founder, RestoringVision.org 
 

10th year anniversary

2 million strong in reader and sunglass donations for RestoringVision! In partnership with over 750 humanitarian groups in over 75 countries, RestoringVision changes lives!

This month, RestoringVision.org, a small nonprofit based in San Rafael, CA. will celebrate their 10th year anniversary and the charitable distribution of 2 million pairs of reading glasses and sunglasses in developing countries around the globe. RestoringVision works to change the lives of those unable to read, maintain a job, or remain a productive member of their community because they can’t focus close up and lack access to a simple tool; reading glasses.

“It is estimated that about 800M people in the developing world are unable to see clearly simply because they do not have access to glasses. About half of these people only need a simple pair of reading glasses to read or see up close. RestoringVision is solving that problem.” says Mark Sachs, CEO and Founder of RestoringVision.

Generous donations of excess inventory of new readers and sunglasses from eyewear companies make this effort possible, as well as a network of humanitarian groups who distribute readers and sunglasses on their mission trips. Reading glasses enable individuals to improve productivity and generate income for their families and sunglasses are an important preventive tool in fighting corneal and cataract damage from excessive exposure to UV light.

“The reading glasses and sunglasses were a big hit. We were on the southern island of Kadavu in the small village of Drue. Of the 300 pair of glasses & sunglasses that we took, we gave away about 225 or so. The balance were taken to the hospital’s vision doctor for distribution. Everyone was so thankful for the glasses so they could read their bibles. A BIG thank you to RestoringVision. God Bless you! We hope to return next year to a different village.” ~ Pastor Dan

“Without the ability to focus close up and see clearly, an individual loses their livelihood and self esteem, a family loses much-needed income and a community loses a productive member of their society.” says David Chute, Board member and CEO of i2C Ventures in Atherton, California.

“2 million is a fantastic number; we are very happy to have made such an impact in our first ten years, but there is much more work to be done and we need to spread the word to mission and humanitarian aid groups who work internationally to help us in this effort” says Sachs. “Right now, we have thousands of pairs of new readers and sunglasses from leading eyewear companies in warehouses ready for good Samaritans to distribute in developing countries. Adding the distribution of readers to their mission is an easy, inexpensive and rewarding way to dramatically change lives.”

“It was so gratifying to watch as many saw clearly for the first time in years. Many shouted “normal” and “clear” in Creole at the top of their voice!” ~ Dr. Kastner

Sachs continues: “We want more groups to be aware of how simple it is to get the glasses, learn how and then set up a simple dispensary. We provide everything they need.”

Sight can make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity. For more information on RestoringVision, please contact Mark Sachs @ mark@restoringvision.org and visit https://www.restoringvision.org/ RestoringVision video https://www.restoringvision.org/mission-videos/