The OneDollarGlasses for schoolchildren
In a school in Malawi, 220 first graders sit on the floor of their classroom. The teacher complains, „The children in the first three rows never pay attention, they just look out the window.“ The eye test reveals that many children need glasses. For example, one student says she could never do her homework by herself because she couldn’t see. So her friend read everything to her and wrote down the answers for her.
The team from OneDollarGlasses does an eye test with every child at schools, especially in rural areas. Afterwards, the students with defective vision are fitted with glasses in the color of their choice. Smiling happily, the students then look through their new glasses. In many cases, they can all see the material on the blackboard for themselves for the first time.