Over 1,000 People Helped in India
Earlier this year we were able to support a mission trip to Maharashtra, India where over 1,000 people were helped with their vision needs.
E3 Partners Ministry, a non-profit organization focused on making a lasting difference around the world by securing networks of local partners who lay the groundwork for short-term mission teams, organized the mission trip. With the help of 42 volunteers, they were able to distribute 600 glasses during their time in India.
E3 Partners Ministry also shared with us a wonderful story of a local family they helped in Maharashtra. The husband/father was being fitted with glasses when the team realized he needed a stronger prescription. He asked them if they would allow his wife and daughter to try on some glasses, and they both found a pair that worked for them. The women were so excited about their new glasses and the father’s joy was quite noticeable – something that is not common in India as men do not show emotion toward women. This made a lasting impression on the team.
Thanks to our partnership with Restoring Vision, we were able to support this mission trip with a donation of a glasses pack containing 300 glasses.
“Oh, how we in the USA take for granted the ability to read, sew and do menial tasks until our vision slowly diminishes. But for many of the people we met, their livelihood is at stake when they can’t see. Some of the people we met didn’t know how to read but they couldn’t see to sew or even work the fields properly. There were a lot of ‘squinting’ people in the remote villages we visited.
The joy on the faces of those that received glasses never gets old. What a huge blessing National Vision has been to us. We sincerely thank you for your generosity in providing the gift of sight and livelihood to so many!”
– Mary Wagner, E3 Partners Ministry
India, a country in South Asia, is the seventh-largest country by area and the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people). It is bordered by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast.
India has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Its telecommunication industry is the world’s fastest growing, and its automotive industry is the world’s second fastest growing. However, despite impressive economic growth in recent years, India continues to face socio-economic challenges.
Unfortunately, there are a hundred million people in India affected by uncorrected refractive error. The Vision Impact Institute reports that the prevalence of childhood blindness in India was estimated at 0.17% of which 33.3% were caused by refractive errors alone.