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)
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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

Peter Hua

EVF Ambassador

“Besides connecting with positive and proactive co-workers, we gained a sense of purpose as a team. In turn, I personally appreciated people’s differences while building empathy and social awareness in the process."

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Trey Eng

Beneficiary, Retired Dressmaker, 72

“Can you see my pretty eyes now? With this pair of glasses, I’m able to see all my lovely grandchildren!”

Juliana Chua

EVF Ambassador

“Influence positively, inspire and retain great volunteers. Recruiting volunteers is only a start. Keeping the team motivated and inspired is the real difference."

Sunil Bhangale

EVF Ambassador

"Helping provide good vision to the underprivileged certainly boosts their confidence in managing their routine activities and brings smiles to their faces."

Weng San

Beneficiary, Driver, 58

“I’m just so happy to see my family members smile today with their new pair of glasses!”

Moe Hwet

Beneficiary, Field Worker, 65

“With these new pair of glasses, now I can see how beautiful the world truly is!”

Bao
Tram

Beneficiary, Student, 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

EVF Volunteer Lead Optometrist

“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