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.

It is our mission... 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 2020 ~ The Right to Sight

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."

Board of Directors

  • Executive Director:
    Douglas Villella, OD
    Erie, PA

  • Linda Boss
    Optician, Business Owner
    Pittsburgh, PA

  • Christian Wurst
    Business Owner
    Hatboro, PA

  • Mariano Yee, MD
    Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Visualiza

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I love this charity with all of my heart. They see a need in Latin America, address it, and go straight to the people that need them the most. No bureaucracy. No BS. Free medical care to give eyesight to people who, if left untreated, would go blind for the rest of their life. And they empower the locals to step up and take part in helping themselves and their community. It should always be that simple. On my Climb for Sight I raised $22,000 US, enough to provide over 100 surgeries free of charge to poor Guatemalan children going blind.

Cathy Brown