Due to genetic problems, excessive use of digital devices caused by the pandemic and lack of health system coverage, our children have visual impairments that affect their school, intellectual and social development.
We will perform 2000 visual exams in rural areas of the department of Risaralda, to children between the ages of 4 to 17 years old, delivering 600 lenses instantly. With the support of the Universidad Andina we will provide attention to special cases, which will allow us to deliver 300 specialized lenses. These 900 children in need of glasses will be supported for the next 2 years to ensure their progress. And thus make a total delivery of 1,860 GLASSES during the project.
ACTIVITIES TO BE DEVELOPED:
- Implementation of the pilot project: This was carried out in November 2022, by 4 Rotary clubs and 5 Rotaract clubs of Risaralda, serving 350 children who were given an eye exam and 140 glasses.
- Identification of rural communities benefiting from the project: with the support of the educational community, identifying the population with visual impairment in these areas. In addition, a pre-selection was carried out to guarantee the best use of resources.
- Conduct of Examinations in the initial stage
- Instant delivery of glasses
- Scheduling of special cases with the Universidad Andina.
- Scheduling of follow-up for children with glasses for the following year.
SUSTAINABILITY AND WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The project will be extended to 3 years in order to perform annual reviews to children who received glasses in the initial stage and ensure their progress.
WE WILL ACHIEVE THAT THE CHILDREN HAVE A GREATER PROGRESS IN THEIR SCHOOL STAGE, IMPROVING THEIR LEARNING LEVELS, WITH A BETTER READING LEVEL AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.
COST OF THE PROJECT:
First stage: $20,347 USD
Second stage: $6,675 USD
Third stage: $5.942 USD
The total cost of the project: $32,964 USD
The members of the Rotary and Rotaract clubs of this project will carry out the planning of the activities for the realization of the examinations, logistics, delivery of glasses, and follow-up to the impacted children.