Home to six of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa still finds that 500 million of its 1.2 billion inhabitants are in need of vision correction.

With a widespread population mostly located in rural or remote areas, access to basic eye
care services is one of the biggest problems. Take a closer look at some of the countries Vision For Life has helped on the African continent.


A sponsorship meant that orphaned children living in The Tree of Life Children’s Village were gifted with free glasses, changing the lives of many with complex and standard prescriptions. Gift, a boy living at the orphanage, is one of the children who benefitted a great deal from the free pair. Before, his vision was so bad that he was unable to get around by himself. Now that he can see clearly, he has said he experiences freedom and comfort like never before.

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast

Vision For Life worked with local organisations and volunteers to screen and equip school children. One organisation screened over 1500 people and gave 900 adults and children free glasses.


In a nation where eight million people cannot see, Vision For Life’s long-term partnership with a local branch of charity Lions Club, has helped bring good vision to children thanks to screenings and the giving of free glasses. To commemorate the beginning of this program, 200 primary school children living in poor neighbourhoods in the capital, Nairobi, were screened for vision problems. Most of these children received glasses on the spot.


Due to a shortage of eye care facilities and a lack of infrastructure in rural areas, many in Nigeria cannot have direct access to eye care in the country. However, this has slowly started to change. Vision For Life launched a partnership with the Eye Foundation Hospital in Lagos to coincide with Essilor’s expansion into Nigeria. Through this partnership, 550 adults and children were screened.


Teachers have received training in vision screening to help reduce the number of children likely to become blind.

Learn more about Vision For Life’s activities here.


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