As I am short sighted, I know how dis-advantaged you feel not being able to see clearly; your ability to take part in simple tasks is impaired. Even something as simple as swimming or reading the board in the class-room. I am fortunate to have my eye sight corrected with glasses and contact lenses and I am sad that other children do not have the same opportunity. They must be scared sometimes and it can be dangerous if you cannot see clearly when crossing roads. I want to help them see clearly and I would like you to help me achieve this. I would like to re-cycle as many pairs of unwanted glasses/spectacles as I possibly can. I want to make a difference. Please help me and be part of making this change to people's lives.

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the world’s poorest people to see clearly for over 30 years. Whether you are a teacher in Ghana, a seamstress in Zambia or a school pupil in Ethiopia, poor eye sight can have a devastating impact on your life and livelihood.

• 1.2 billion people worldwide can’t see properly simply because they need glasses
• 12 million children worldwide struggle to learn simply because they need glasses
• 55% of visually impaired people are women
• 89% of visually impaired people live in low and middle-income countries
• 75% of all visual impairment is preventable or curable
• $200 billion worth of productivity is lost every year because so many people do not have the glasses they need to see clearly

Laurel Brown