Have you replaced your specs recently and don’t know what to do with your old pair? Then hand them into a local optician supporting Vision Aid Overseas, who provide free eye tests and affordable glasses for many people living in Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Zambia. The charity recycles glasses for their precious metal content, and any vintage or retro specs are sold online. The income generated through this process is then used to support its valuable work overseas.
On average, Vision Aid Overseas recycle 3.5 million pairs of glasses each year, and the money raised through this has helped them to carry out an impressive 53,592 eye tests in the last 12 months.
Seven-year-old Catherine, who lives in Zambia, is just one of the children who has benefited from the work of Vision Aid Overseas.
With an eye test and a new pair of glasses, she is now able to see the blackboard clearly at school and she’s on track to achieve her dreams of becoming a nurse.