Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has praised East Kilbride charity, Sight Aid International, as they set their sights on their latest Kenyan project that will see over 1000 schoolchildren benefit from free eye care.
Linda said “Sight Aid International do wonderful work bringing eye care to children over the world and particularly in Kenya.
“I would encourage people to look at their website www.sightaidinternational.org to find out more about the work they do and ways they can get involved and support the charity.
“I wish them well on their latest trip to Kibera and look forward to hearing about their successes upon their return.”
February 15th 2012 will see Sight Aid International embark on of its biggest project to date where they will be providing free eye care to over 1000 school children in Kibera, Kenya. The team from Sight Aid International, including two East Kilbride opticians will travel to a number of local schools in Kenya where they will be carrying out the eye tests in the week they will be there.
Since its formation in 2010, Sight Aid International has provided over 3000 free eye tests to people in Kenya and also supplied over 700 free pairs of prescription spectacles to those who have been diagnosed as needing them. Previous projects have seen Sight Aid International carry out an average of 300 eye tests using local optician Dr Njeru from the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), but this February will see 2 Glasgow based opticians and optical assistants working in partnership with Dr Njeru to increase the number of eye tests carried out to over 1000.
Co-founder of Sight Aid International Sean Walls said “We are really excited about this latest project being able to test over 1000 school children. It will be a great experience and we estimate that around 250 of the 1000 school children will require glasses which will have a positive impact on their education”.
This project is being carried out in conjunction with Vision Africa which is a UK based children’s charity working with orphaned and destitute children in Kenya.
As well as sight tests, Sight Aid International will also be forming a football team who will play under the charity name and will be provided with the necessary kit and funding by the charity to play in the local league.
For more information visit www.sightaidinternational.org
This will be regularly updated during the project
Sight Aid International
Contact: Sean Walls
Phone: 01355 247581
27 Tennant Avenue
East Kilbride G74 5NA