Michele de-Vaal

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Many of us don’t always appreciate the things we have and how easy it is to access a simple eye test and purchase a pair of glasses. Vision Aid Overseas is an international charity dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries.

In January 2018, I will be once again travelling to Northern Ethiopia along with a team of five optometrists. We will be working with final year optometry students at Gondar University. They will receive support,and 'on the job' training during their hospital based clinics. We  will also be accompanying them to remote towns and villages to provide a large number of locals with eye care as well as supporting the new Vision Centre where spectacles are  glazed. Here, affordable spectacles are  produced for the local population.


In Ethiopia eye care services are out of reach for the majority of the population. Having a pair of glasses or getting medical attention will help people to get an education, a job and care better for their families. There are 670 million people (10% of the worlds population) who have poor vision due to a lack of glasses.  


  • Just £5 can provide an eye examination and a pair of glasses

  • £10 can pay for the raw materials needed to manufacture 3 pairs of glasses

  • £22 can pay for a training day that will provide an eye care worker the skills needed to provide a service that will help their community all year round 


Donations are extremely important in providing these services. I would be very grateful if you could think about  donating no matter how large or small  to this incredibly worthwhile cause and help our team make a difference in Ethiopia.

Thank you for your help.


Michele de-Vaal