Vision for the Poor is a non-governmental organization dedicated to developing social service eye clinics in Latin America and Haiti by empowering local eye care providers to offer their services to the poorest of the poor. Along with our partners, most notably the International Eye Foundation and Optometry Giving Sight, our goal is to establish sustainable eye care facilities. The first sustainable eye care network was established in Guatemala in 1997, and it now serves as a model for future development in other countries.
...to reduce human suffering and improve quality of life through the recovery of sight by building sustainable eye clinics in developing countries, empowering local eye specialists, funding essential ophthalmic infrastructure and establishing partnerships with like-minded agencies.
Vision for the Poor cooperates with a worldwide program known as Vision 2020 – The Right to Sight. VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is a global joint initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), with its international coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), professional associations, eye care institutions and corporations. VISION 2020 aims to eliminate avoidable blindness worldwide by the year 2020, in order to give everyone in the world "the Right to Sight."
Douglas Villella, OD
Optician, Business Owner
Mariano Yee, MD
Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Visualiza
To learn more about Vision for the Poor, visit www.visionforthepoor.org.
Just back from my second Climb for Sight! Less than 2 hours to the top of the mountain, I had to turn back. Yet, it was another life changing adventure. I reached the summit on the first climb 7 years ago. On "Kili" I experienced the agony and the ecstasy of completing a goal and falling just short. I think I need to try it once more. Between the two climbs I raised enough money to fund the sight-saving surgery for 150 Guatemalan children. For that alone I will climb again.Fr. Joe Coffey, Catholic priest from Philadelphia, PA serving on active duty as a Navy Chaplain