640 million people worldwide can’t see properly to learn and earn simply because they need glasses. Vision Aid Overseas exists so that children in Africa who can’t see can learn and get an education, and adults who can’t see can earn to support their families and contribute to their communities.
Ruth Davies first went on a Vision Aid Overseas project to Uganda in 1998. Since then she has led 10 projects in Malawi, and one each in Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia. She will be returning to Zambia in 2019. The projects have included setting up optical workshops in Malawi as well as training and being involved with examining students. Nina Newsom has been on a project to remote villages in Uganda.
Dispensing Optician, Sharon Williams, put her name forward as a volunteer and was accepted on a Vision Aid Overseas assignment to Zambia in May 2019. She assisted in training Optical Technician students in a centre just north of Lusaka. She was able to share the experience and expertise that she has gained while studying hard to qualify as a Dispensing Optician while working full-time at Newsom & Davies
Donations to support the work of VAO are always welcome and we are a collecting point for unwanted spectacles.
We are always very happy to talk about the work of VAO and you can find out more by visiting the website www.visionaidoverseas.org
As well as donations of unwanted spectacles VAO needs money to fund its work. Ruth has raised nearly £10,000 with a solo parachute jump and by running the Great Ethiopian Run of 10K in Addis Ababa.
The next challenge will be the 2020 London Marathon! She has been overwhelmed by the many offers of sponsorship that she has received and is training hard to achieve her goal. Please contact us if you would like to help.