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Starting today, over 5,000 people, including children, in Nigeria will receive access to vision resources free of charge through the partnership of telehealth technology company, Visibly, non-profit organization RestoringVision, and NewGlobe, a transformative learning expert supporting visionary governments to unlock potential through powerful technology-enabled education systems. Together, these three organizations are providing free vision tests and prescription eyewear to communities in the Lagos, Edo and Osun states of Nigeria, Africa, where access to vision resources is scarce and expensive. This vision restoring initiative is driven on existing education systems in Nigeria comprising a private school network located in Lagos and Osun states, as well as public, free education projects in Lagos and Edo State respectively.

Sharing the mission and belief that everyone should be able to see clearly, Visibly, RestoringVision, and NewGlobe are working hard to combat one of the world’s largest health problems: vision impairment. 

RestoringVision has dedicated nearly two decades of work to creating equitable access to eyeglasses around the world. Their work began with providing basic vision screenings and reading glasses. More recently the nonprofit expanded to serving children and adults with prescription glasses thanks to the support of National Vision’s Made Locally, Given Globally program. By partnering with Visibly, beneficiaries will be able to receive prescription eyewear after completing Visibly’s online vision test. The results will be clear, allowing children to see the chalkboard and their world.

“Our philosophy at RestoringVision is that by collaborating with partners and curating projects such as this, we can accelerate results,” says Pelin Munis, Executive Director of RestoringVision. “What better results than ensuring that 5,000 school children can now see clearly because of the collaboration between RestoringVision, Visibly, and NewGlobe. We are honored to be a part of this pilot program and believe the impact is only just beginning.” 

“Since day one, Visibly’s mission has been to provide vision resources to anyone, anywhere and at any time,” says Brent Rasmussen, CEO of Visibly. “Seeing clearly should be a right; we believe that vision prescriptions should be accessible and affordable to everyone, and we’re eager to provide these services to those in need around the globe.”

Specializing in creating powerful technology-enabled education systems, NewGlobe will be leading the facilitation of the event and the distribution of the eyewear in Nigeria. This initiative is geared towards helping previously undiagnosed as well as already diagnosed patients in NewGlobe’s Nigerian ecosystem of more than 30,000 teachers, more than 1 million pupils and others in the communities where our schools and education partnerships operate. 

While this is the first project that Visibly, RestoringVision, and NewGlobe are collaborating on together, the partnership is just beginning. The three organizations plan on continuing to make an impact by extending this project and providing vision resources to other communities in need.