Eyes of Hope® is a global charity platform supporting activities that directly impact communities to give the gift of sight. United with one mission, multiple programs within the Eyes of Hope platform take on challenges involving access to eyecare around the globe.
The platform focuses on four main program areas: a global charitable fund to provide monetary support to vision related projects around the world; eyewear collection and donation; mobile eyecare clinics and eyecare gift certificate programs.
To date, Eyes of Hope outreach programs such as VSP Mobile Eyes® and Sight for Students®, and through relationships including those with the American Red Cross and Optometry Giving Sight, VSP has invested close to $155 million in free eyecare and eyewear for more than 825,000 adults and children in need.
We See, A Child Eye Health Project
A young girl in Soweto, South Africa, sits in a chair as an optometrist changes lenses and other settings in front of her eyes. He asks for feedback on what looks clearer. She responds tentatively, as this is her first time receiving an eye exam and she’s mesmerized by what she can see. Up until this moment, she has not seen anything clearly past the end of her arm. And like most children in her community, she never realized this wasn’t normal.
For billions of people across the globe, lack of access to routine eye care and eyewear hinders learning, which reduces their opportunities for success in school, work and life.
In response to this need, over the next three years, VSP Global companies are collaborating with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Optometry Giving Sight on the We See Child Eye Health Project. The project includes the opening of an eye health clinic at the Soweto Nike Football Centre, funding for health promotion and advocacy, and in-school eye screenings and referral pathways for children whose visual problems need outside care.
Our goal is to provide 30,000 children with free eye care and eyewear, donated by Nike Vision, reducing uncorrected visual impairment among Soweto schoolchildren by 90%.
Stay up-to-date on the project, meet the partners, and meet the kids who are experiencing clear vision for the first time, on the VSP Blog.