Helen Keller International recognizes unmet needs for vision care among low-income communities in Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Today, on World Sight Day, the global health charity Helen Keller International began delivering services in schools in Saint Paul and Minneapolis to help improve the vision of vulnerable children. Recognizing the unmet needs for vision care among vulnerable, at-risk youth in the U.S., the organization is expanding its 24-year-old ChildSight program to reach children in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, starting in Saint Paul.
On a beautiful fall day in Gary, IN, a pair of former Major League baseball players returned to their roots bearing the gift of vision.
Northwest Indiana natives, LaTroy Hawkins and Kenny Lofton represented all Major Leaguers, when they participated in a free World Sight Day (October 13, 2016) vision event co-hosted by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and the Sydney, Australia based global campaign, Our Children’s Vision.
The event was held at Williams Elementary School, in Hawkins’ hometown of Gary, and a long-toss, baseball throw from his grandmother’s house.
Former Major Leaguers and Indiana Natives LaTroy Hawkins & Kenny Lofton to Host Free Vision Screenings in Gary, IN on World Sight Day
NEW YORK, October 4, 2016/3BL Media/ - Baseball and kids are a classic combination, but what happens when those kids struggle to see? When they can’t see clearly enough to catch a fly ball, connect with a pitch, or read the scoreboard? But it isn’t just about their performance on the field, children with uncorrected vision are hindered in the classroom and in every aspect of their lives.
PT Freeport-Indonesia’s Partnership Fund for Community Development (LPMAK) funds free eye treatment and cataract surgery for the community of Mimika Regency in Papua, Indonesia.
Papua Province has a high cataract prevalence. Therefore the LPMAK has engaged a number of entities including Mimika Regency’s Health Office, RSUD Timika hospital, and the foundation Yayasan Kemanusiaan Indonesia to provide free eye treatment and cataract surgery for the community.
Celebrate World Sight Day and watch a video of Enactus students who help provide affordable eye care
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“By training villagers to diagnose common vision problems, you effectively create a dedicated workforce of micro-opticians that can make and sell glasses to people in their communities, while also providing for their families.”
-Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, talking about the project OneDollarGlasses by the Enactus Technical University of Munich team in Germany.