Vision Source Supports Optometry Giving Sight.
In 2009, Dr. Moes Nasser went on a medical mission trip to Tanzania with Optometry Giving Sight to provide free eye exams and glasses to those in need. When he arrived, he was forever changed as he saw not only the living conditions of the people there, but the extreme lack of optometric care, facilities and supplies necessary to help the hundreds of people appearing daily to get vision care. What left the deepest impression on his heart, was the sincere gratitude and appreciation of the people, who under extreme conditions traveled miles upon miles to get an eye exam and glasses.
Upon his return to the US, Dr. Nasser resolved to raise the sufficient funds to build clean, well-supplied clinics that would allow not only him, but many to deliver the gift of sight to the people of Tanzania. Dr. Nasser, who is also from Tanzania, began working in earnest, talking with vendors, staff, patients and his peers about the dire need of those who were on the other side of the world.
The Bariadi Clinic
In October of 2010, after 1 year of fundraising through the Texas to Tanzania project, and with the contribution of vendors, staff patients, Optometry Giving Sight, The Brian Holden Vision Institute and Cooper Vision, the Bariadi Clinic opened up in Tanzania. This facility had equipment, lenses, frames, medicine and most importantly, staff who were trained to be able to help the people of their community. Located just 30 minutes from the town that Dr. Nasser was born, the site represents the immense humanitarian efforts of our global community.
The following year, Dr. Moes Nasser returned to Bariadi. Accompanied by his father, he was able to see his vision become a reality. He and his team, performed exams on hundreds of people in a matter of days. The most moving story was of a farmer, who had been unable to work due to a foreign object that had lodged itself in his eye. Dr. Nasser removed the foreign object, gave medicated drops to the farmer and continued seeing other patients. The following day, the farmer returned bringing gifts for Dr. Nasser to show his appreciation. His vision was being restored and he now would have a way to feed his family again.
We Can’t Stop Now
Dr. Nasser tries to go annually to the Bariadi Clinic to provide free exams, medicine, glasses, and hope to those in Tanzania. But his fundraising efforts have not stopped! The clinic requires a certain amount of money each year to continue providing much needed eye care. In Tanzania, there are only 14 vision centers in the country, which means that people travel from all over to receive much needed eye care. The various centers area also actively training local optometrists and there are still new projects to come! For this reason, we continue to talk about Optometry Giving Sight to all those we meet, and our passion for helping others see. Dr. Nasser has also participated in vision clinics here in the U.S. in partnership with VSP in order to help those here in the U.S.
Every year, on the 2nd Thursday in October, World Sight Day Challenge takes place. The goal is to raise money to get people eye exams and glasses world-wide. Why is this necessary?
- There are 600 million people walking the earth that are functionally blind, who simply need a pair of glasses. The World Sight Day Challenge funds projects around the world to deliver eye care and training to the people who are desperately in need.
- A donation of $5 can give an eye exam and glasses to a child in need.
- Give up a Starbucks or a pint today and give a person the gift of vision for a lifetime.
- The gift of vision can make all the difference in someone’s live. Making a donation to those in need can turn a life of poverty into one of opportunity.
We humbly ask you to consider making a donation today to Optometry Giving Sight’s World Sight Day Challenge. We have our own fundraising page – Team Nasser! Please click on the image below to make your donation today. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!