The projects we are working with are mainly in rural towns, and remote villages, where the national healthcare system does not reach adequately. Knowledge of glasses is widespread, but access is not, particularly to prescription distance eyewear.
Each volunteer set up a project in their area in collaboration with a local organisation, for example the local Dar Shabab (Youth Centre). Local organisation and community leaders were asked to come up with screening lists of those who have previously had issues with poor vision. Each site received Eyejusters in different colours as well as a small selection of reading glasses. In some locations the distribution was expanded to older people served by the local organisation.
Volunteers often set up development projects in their communities, in response to local needs. We were approached by one volunteer who wished to bring Eyejusters to her village, to help those she worked with day-to-day see clearly. Thanks to interest from other volunteers, the number of sites expanded - a great example of grassroots development in action.