bayernhafen supports ‘OneDollarGlasses’
Worldwide, more than 150 million people desperately need glasses, but cannot afford them. As a result, many children cannot learn and adults are not able to provide for their families because they can only find unskilled work, or even none at all. This terrible situation is what motivated the Erlangen-based teacher, Martin Aufmuth, to develop OneDollarGlasses. OneDollarGlasses consist of a lightweight, flexible spring steel frame and prefabricated lenses made of polycarbonate. They are produced and sold by local people in developing countries using materials that only cost around 1 US dollar.
bayernhafen Gruppe is supporting the OneDollarGlasses Association with a €5,000 donation. Joachim Zimmermann, the Chief Executive Officer of bayernhafen Gruppe, presented the cheque to Jonas Chen of the OneDollarGlasses Association. The university student actively supports the OneDollarGlasses project as coordinator and trainer in both Germany and in the countries where the association operates and has recently returned from a three-month assignment in Malawi. The association is also active in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Benin, Rwanda, Brazil, Bolivia and Mexico.
The association trains local people to produce the OneDollarGlasses. As the robust glasses are sold for only two or three times the customary local daily wage, even very poor people can afford them. Opticians trained by the association visit the villages and carry out eye tests. Once the test is completed, the glasses are adjusted. Practice in the field has shown that the principle of ‘helping people to help themselves’ really works.
For more information, visit http://www.onedollarglasses.org/