visionspring

Warby Parker is a company that sells boutique quality eyewear at a reasonable price, while giving glasses to those in need!

They have partnered with non-profits like VisionSpring to make sure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is provided to someone in need.

Check them out!

youtube

Project for Awesome 2012: Warby Parker & VisionSpring 

hey, listen to me say stuff about good things!

Team,

I remember the day I was told I need glasses. I was 16. There’s no way I need reading glasses, I thought. Boy was I wrong.

Glasses changed my life. Whereas reading once gave me migraines, I could now spend days soaking up knowledge and escaping to new worlds. Not to mention, I could successfully complete my homework.

Astonishingly, 703 million people around the world are not as fortunate as I am, and are unable to tap their potential because they have uncorrected vision. This affects their ability to become educated, get a job, and simply see the world as they should. The result is a tragic $202 billion loss to the global economy.

Which is why we are thrilled to welcome VisionSpring to the Charity Miles family. For only $1.50, they are able to purchase a pair of glasses to deliver the developing world. And they do so through a network of vision entrepreneurs that also provide valuable jobs to people in their own communities.

You often ask how we choose charities to partner with. We consider several criteria, but the most important is impact. And by walking, running, and biking for VisionSpring, you can have a huge impact. A short morning run is enough to provide someone with the glasses they need to change their life, and the community around them. Pretty amazing!

So let’s hit the streets for VisionSpring today.

Best,
Tara

Travel in India

Dhola Ri Dhani: Rajasthani Park in Hyderabad:

I met my cousin and aunt/uncle for the first time in over a decade! My sister has also come so it has been one family celebration. I went with my family to visit a Rajasthani recreational park in Hyderabad. The undeniable highlight for me was riding a camel! Actually, feeding the camel by hand afterwards! It had such a cute large grin. In addition, I had a Rajasthani Thali served by a gentleman with one of the more ridiculous mustaches I have seen.. A Thali is basically a plate with a large number of bowls with different Indian dishes. As Indian food is prepared to be shared, it’s a fantastic way for individuals to get to try a lot of different foods. My grandparents said it was authentic so it was nice to have it. We also saw a puppet show which was quite entertaining.

 

Kerala:

I traveled with an intern from LifeSpring and four interns from the Acumen Fund, a social impact fund, to Kerala for the weekend. I had the most amazing food I have had in India! As they are coastal, I was able to have fresh shrimp and fish prepared in Keralan fashion. The highlight as you might imagine for me was seeing an elephant by the road and stopping to pet it. We spent the first night at Allepey and the second at Kochi. At Allepey, I saw Chinese fisherman catch small shrimp and fish. I noticed immediately it was easier for me to communicate here. The Hindi was much more similar to mine than the one in Hyderabad. At Kochi, we kicked off our boat excursion with some nice fresh coconut juice. It was beautiful going through the water and seeing the rice patties on each side. At night, we watched the World Cup and talked about our experiences in social enterprises and India. The next day, we visited the city and viewed historical landmarks. Kochi is very diverse with a Christian, Hindu, and Muslim populations co-existing. It is also very tourist-oriented and advertisements abound in every direction.

 

VisionSpring:

I took a site visit to a rural village about 3 hours from Hyderabad to see an eye camp by the social enterprise, VisionSpring. I went with two other interns from LifeSpring for the day trip. VisionSpring is a non-profit that offers eyeglasses to low-income and rural communities for about $3-4 USD/eyeglasses pair. VisionSpring works as a microfranchise model where an entrepreneur can opt to sell the glasses. Using a team of community workes and the resources provided by VisionSpring, the entrepreneur can then travel to a village, conduct basic eye exams, and sell the glasses. Targeted to middle-aged individuals, the glasses essentially serve as reading glasses, greatly enhancing productivity and quality of life at an affordable cost. Individuals who require more serious eye examinations or have myopia are referred to specific hospitals following the eye examination. It was very interesting to learn how VisionSpring is transitioning from a non-profit organization with external funding to a self-sustaining operation. Traveling to the village was also a unique experience. As we were touring the village, a group of about 50 students or so made a huge circle around us. They were fascinated to see us. We took photographs and everyone loved to pose. It was very fun!  

Rajeev Saxena, LifeSpring Hospitals Intern

20 July 2010

tbh i don’t talk about my job enough on here but let me just real quick let y’all know how much I absolutely love what I do. My coworkers are amazing, sweet, funny, we have such a great time working together, and we all bonded so quickly that we were hanging out outside of work after just a few weeks. It’s insane!
The work environment is always positive and upbeat, always so solution-oriented, every single day I have customers telling me how thrilled they are that we found them some frames they love, glasses they can afford that are still awesome quality, how simple and quick the process is.
And on top of all that, we get to help people every day through the buy-a-pair, give-a-pair program and the company’s work with VisionSpring, teaching people in developing countries how to give basic eye exams and promote good eye health in their own communities. 

It’s such a fun, energetic, innovative company and it’s so weird to me to say that I wake up in the morning so excited to be on my feet and talking to people for 9 hours on a saturday when the entire Chicagoland area comes into my store, but it’s also awesome.