National Vision Supports Vision Clinics in Haiti

Group of volunteers in Haiti

Group of 10 volunteers in Haiti.

National Vision had the opportunity to support the Life for Haiti Foundation during a recent mission trip to Haiti in August, 2017.

We were connected to the group through an Optometrist practicing in multiple America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses offices in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, and thanks to our partner, RestoringVision, we were able to make a donation of reading glasses and sunglasses.

Over the course of just a couple of days, 10 volunteers traveled to

Nurse with local Haitians

A nurse taking vital signs.

five impoverished locations in Haiti – Aux Cayes, Fond Blanc, Jacmel, Cité Soleil, and Fontamara. They distributed 300 glasses and 100 pairs of sunglasses to local Haitians who did not have the financial means to buy eyewear.

Supporting this group’s mission to help the people of Haiti with essential vision care aligns with our company Vision: “We believe everyone deserves to see their best to live their best.” 

 

Testimonial

A woman being fitted for new glasses.

A woman being fitted for new glasses.

“Giving the glasses out was the most wonderful experience and this was evidenced by the receipts’ smiles,” says Nurse Jean Carlos Sylvain, Vice President for Life for Haiti Foundation.

Nurse Sylvain adds, “For many people, receiving the reading glasses or sunglasses was a life changing experience from a health perspective. Sunglasses are so vital in this tropical country and reading glasses allow people to read and do work up-close.”

 

More About the Life for Haiti Foundation

A woman with her new sunglasses

A local woman with her new sunglasses.

The Life for Haiti Foundation is a nonprofit organization located in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The organization aims to end the cycle of poverty by running and supporting educational projects for impoverished children across Haiti.

With the belief that education is at the heart of everything they do, the organization supports learning programs with food banks, health and nutrition clinics, bible studies, music education, minister training, and skills-based classes, such as textile and craft-based lessons utilizing recycled and re-purposed materials.

Jessica Altamirano

Jessica Altamirano

Communications Specialist at National Vision, Inc.
Jessica Altamirano is a proud Veteran spouse who has worked for NVI since 2014. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. Jessica is passionate about corporate-nonprofit partnerships, philanthropic efforts in developing countries, Veteran recruitment, and creating a culture of health and wellness in the workplace.
Jessica Altamirano