ABOUT THE PROJECT
In June 2018, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) and the Singapore Optometric Association (SOA) embarked on a mission to bring vision care to a group of Pa’O tribe coffee farmers in Pinlaung, Shan State, Myanmar. Many of whom have never had the opportunity to get their eyes checked nor are aware that they need vision correction.
Shan State, Myanmar
Dates: June 2018
Duration: 2 days
People screened: 497
Eyeglasses given: 442
Volunteers participated: 11
Pa’O is the seventh largest ethnic nationality in Myanmar and second largest ethnic group in Shan State with a population of around 1.8 million.
EVF and SOA partnered with social business company, Behind the Leaf Coffee, to reach out to the Pa’O farmers over a 2-day eye screening event which took place at the factory of Behind the Leaf Coffee. Close to 500 farmers got their eyes checked, with more than 400 of them walking away with a pair of glasses and sunglasses.
Pierre-Yves Leonard, SimplifEye Director – Essilor AMERA, who volunteered with EVF for the first time shared, “I never thought giving glasses would be such a life changing event. Elders able to read again, students able to see the blackboard in school. And what a fulfilling experience to work with volunteers from all backgrounds. From my heart – Thank you”.