Help school children to see clearly this Christmas All donations raised between now December 31st will be doubled by Vision Aid Overseas’ pledgers Did you know, 80% of what a child learns is processed through the visual system yet over 12 million children worldwide are struggling to see clearly right now? Around 90% of the world's vision impaired people are located in developing nations, such as Ethiopia, where services are limited. Vision Aid Overseas is already working in Ethiopia. Here, the need for glasses causes blindness in over 112,000 people and impaired vision in 1.1 million people, severely limiting what people can do in their lives. Children everywhere deserve to see the world clearly. Do you agree? This Christmas, we want to raise £50,000 so we can support thousands of school children aged 5-14, in East Wollega, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. This is a rural area, with most people reliant upon smallholder farming. There is a high level of poverty and a woeful lack of eye health facilities and awareness. Last year, supporters like you helped to change the lives of thousands of children, and we want to do the same this Christmas. Make a start and double your impact today Remember, your donation will be doubled. This is thanks to good friends of our charity who have pledged to match every donation raised up to the first £25,000. This is all thanks to the following pledgers: Pala Eyewear and LIFElabs, The Chalk Cliff Trust and Scouloudi Foundation, and many other individuals, trusts, Rotary Clubs and other community groups who have pledged to double your donations this Christmas. Eevery £1 you donate until 31st December will become £2, every £50 will become £100 and so on! DONATE Let’s do some maths One school + two teachers + hundreds of children screened + thousands of family members reached with message about good eye health = a cost-effective way to help children in poor communities in Africa to see clearly. 1. Your donation will enable us to train schoolteachers to effectively screen all the children in their community and to identify those that need further eye examination. We will work with parents and the local community to reach those children not in school too, so they are not missed. 2. Then, a local Mobile Health Unit, led by government optometrists, will visit the school to provide full eye examinations (for both teachers and children), issue treatments like eye drops, and prescribe glasses to a child at no cost to their family. Optometrists will refer children and teachers who need more specialised care to other health facilities too e.g. treatment for more complex eye diseases. 3. Misunderstanding of eye health and stigma around the wearing of glasses can be damaging. So we will raise awareness in the community about the importance of good eye health and the need for children with visual impairment to keep wearing their glasses.Making a donation really adds up Children will be more likely to reach their potential in school, achieve better education, and in the long term have greater opportunities when they leave school. Teachers, with their own vision improved, will be able to stay in work. Restoring someone’s sight has been found to be the single most cost-effective health intervention to reduce poverty. Parents and neighbours will learn about good vision, not only to support their child but to seek out eye health services for themselves too. Ethiopia - we want to use this work to provide evidence for changes to national policy that will go on to reach every school child in Ethiopia.