Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf MSP visited the Optical Factory in East Kilbride with local MSP Linda Fabiani, to learn more about their charity Sight Aid International.
Owner and co-founder Sean Walls said:
“We were delighted to welcome the Minister to East Kilbride to show him the work Sight Aid International have been doing to improve optical health in Kenya.
“The Minister was impressed by the work that has been carried out by Sight Aid International over the last 3 years in Kenya and was surprised by what we had actually achieved over this period.
“He was also delighted to hear that so many young people from East Kilbride have been involved in supporting the charity and thanks to their hard work we are now on the brink of opening our first Eye Clinic in Nairobi where we can offer free eye tests and prescription glasses to school children from some of the poorest areas of Kenya on a full time basis. The clinic should conduct around 500 eye tests per week.”
Ashley Gallagher from Calderglen High School said:
“It’s been great to have been involved with Sight Aid International as it is an amazing charity that really makes a difference to the lives of people they help in Kenya. The work they do is fascinating and I look forward to working with them more in the future.”
Minister for International Development, Humza Yousaf said:
“I very much enjoyed meeting with staff at Sight Aid International and hearing about the excellent work that the charity carries out in providing free eye tests and glasses to children in Kenya.
“We know that Scottish-based NGOs do an excellent job in supporting vulnerable people in the developing world, much of which goes unreported and unrecognised. This government has given an unwavering commitment to international development and is focussed on a number of priority countries where we can make a meaningful difference. Since being set up, Sight Aid International has provided over 3500 eye tests and distributed 1200 pairs of glasses around Kenya – vital and valuable work which helps so many. I wish them continued success in helping the world’s poorest to see a brighter future.”
Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride said:
“It was wonderful to be able to share with the Minister this East Kilbride success story. Sight Aid International is so successful because of Sean’s infectious enthusiasm. He encourages everyone to get involved in the project, especially young people.
“Our office have been doing our part by collecting old glasses that Sean is going to repair and send to people in Kenya. I was delighted to hand over a box of glasses to Sean today and would encourage people to drop their old glasses into the collection box in my office and we’ll hand them over to Sight Aid International to help them to continue their fantastic work.”
For more information on Sight Aid International visit www.sightaidinternational.org