Project information

Improving livelihoods through eye care

Vision Aid Overseas relies heavily on Team Leaders who take on an enormous amount of personal work to support us. Our teams rely on their passion and expertise in the field to ensure that assignments are successful, safe and enjoyable.

January 2014 - April 2014

Charity information: Vision Aid Overseas

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  • Need


    670 million people in developing countries face avoidable visual impairment due to a lack of eye care services. Untreated eye health issues can lead to disability, unemployment and poverty; parents can struggle to find work and provide for their families and children can fall behind or be left out at school. The severe lack of affordable eye care services in developing countries hinders opportunities for employment and education for those desperately in need.


    It costs Vision Aid Overseas £1,500 to send a Professional Volunteer on an international assignment. All of our volunteers already make a donation of £600 to the charity in order to work with us. This means that we need to raise an additional £900 for every Team Leader we send. We aim to raise £10,00 this Christmas, so that we can send over 10 Professional Volunteers at the beginning of the new year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure 10 Professional volunteers improve eye care facilities for hundreds of thousands of people.


    » With the funds we raise, we will be able to send Professional Team Leaders to help us lead and manage our overseas team.

    Success will be demonstrated through the number of eye examinations taking place as well as spectacles given out to patients.

    Aim 2

    Encourage professional and experienced volunteers to sign up as Team Leaders and Deputy Team Leaders


    » By subsidising the cost of volunteering as a Team Leader, we will encourage more individuals to take on the role

    Success will be demonstrated and measured through the number of team leaders placed and patients reached.

  • Impact


    This project will enable more people to gain access to good quality and affordable eye care. By recruiting and funding strong and capable Team Leaders, Vision Aid Overseas can ensure that all the volunteers who work on projects are able to be as effective as possible, which in turn will create improved services to our beneficiaries. Success will be demonstrated through more Vision Centres being established and greater patient numbers in each country we operate in.


    There is a risk that we could be unable to find 10 suitable team leaders however, this is a very low risk as we have a number of established and qualified volunteers ready to take on these roles. In addition, we are regularly recruiting and investing in the development of new volunteers.


    Donors will receive our twice yearly magazine ‘Outlook’ which will include stories and case studies from the projects funded through the Big Give. Project news and information will also be published on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,350 Flights Subsidised flight costs for 10 team leaders
      £6,000 Food and accommodation Costs for 10 x 2 week projects
      £650 Internal Travel Hire cars to reach remote areas
  • Background


    The Team Leaders this funding will support will work in eight target countries: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Zambia and Uganda. Six of the eight are ranked as ‘low’ on the UN Human Development Index with the other two considered ‘medium. In each country, eye care facilities are either exceedingly poor or non-existent. Poverty and unemployment rates remain high meaning that individuals cannot afford the expensive private eye care which is often the only option.


    Vision Aid Overseas purposefully targets areas that are in most need of eye care services. All locations for Vision Centres and outreach projects are selected based on low income and employment levels. The majority of our beneficiaries live on or below the poverty line ($1.25 a day) and are in desperate need of affordable eye care. Student optometrists and eye care workers will also benefit from improved training opportunities, providing ongoing services in their country.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Vision Aid Overseas has over 28 years experience in improving standards and access to eye care facilities in developing countries. We have strong connections with local communities and governments in all of the countries we work in, ensuring that we provide the best service for individual needs and requirements. All of our team leaders are experienced volunteers who understand the challenges of working in developing countries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nigel Wilson

    International Programmes Director. Nigel will manage the programme and assist in selecting suitable team leaders