ABOUT THE PROJECT

As part of an initiative by Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) and non-profit organisation, Optometry Giving Sight in Singapore, around 600 foreign domestic helpers received free eye checks and sunglasses in October 2016.

Singapore

Date: October 2016
Duration: 1 day
People screened: 595
Eyeglasses given: 160

Volunteers participated: 15

EVF Eye Care for Domestic Helpers in Singapore (75)
EVF Eye Care for Domestic Helpers in Singapore (58)
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EVF Eye Care for Domestic Helpers in Singapore (16)
EVF Eye Care for Domestic Helpers in Singapore (10)
EVF Eye Care for Domestic Helpers in Singapore (15)
EVF Eye Care for Domestic Helpers in Singapore (13)
EVF Eye Care for Domestic Helpers in Singapore (3)

The event at the United World College of South East Asia campus in Dover Road was organised, with the help from volunteers at Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Health Sciences, together with non-governmental organisation Aidha.

Of the 595 who were screened, most of whom were from Indonesia and the Philippines and 30% were found to have uncorrected poor vision. Mr Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, Chief Mission Officer for Essilor International, shared that the initiative aimed to provide better vision to underserved communities here, as shared by The Straits Times: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/free-eye-checkups-for-domestic-workers


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MEET OUR BENEFICIARIES & VOLUNTEERS

Vitancur Severa
Mendoza

Domestic helper, 39

“These free eye check-ups and glasses are a great help to me as I could not afford them.”

Anouluck
Philavanh

Retired staff at Viengthong Village, 55

“In all my working life I have never seen any day like today.”

2. Anouluck Philanvanh circle

Bao
Tram

Student from Phu My Secondary School, 15

“When I got blurred vision, I always wished I had a pair of eyeglasses – they are like a friend of mine which I use everyday.”

Bao Tram

Wee Sing
Ong

Volunteer from Essilor R&D, 
Center for Innovation & Technology Asia

“This showed me the need for such outreach projects as people often don’t have access to the services we offered them.”

Wee Sing Ong