01.06.2009

Optician to install glasses-producing equipment in Ethiopia

Optician to install glasses-producing equipment in Ethiopia

By Alexa Kaczka

Ethiopian people are set to benefit from a UK optician"s efforts to set up a workshop to produce glasses in the country.

David Hollander of New Malden and Worcester Park has raised over £1,300 for the project under the auspices of Vision Aid Overseas, reports the Surrey Comet.

He organised a raffle before going out to the country to set up the equipment and provide training so that bespoke glasses can be created.

The workshop is situated at the Menlik II Hospital in Addis Ababa.

Patients will be able to purchase their bespoke glasses at prices they can afford.

Vision Aid Overseas works to help people in developing countries on matters of eyesight.

It sends volunteer optometrists abroad to carry out activities such as providing glasses, setting up clinics and conducting eye screenings.

More than 300,000 people in the developing world have been given glasses that they need under the charity"s projects since its inception in 1985.

by Emily Tait


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