Essilor Vision Foundation, ARCOD, India Vision Institute bring cheer to Krishnagiri children with severe health conditions and their caregivers
Over 500 HIV infected children & affected community benefit from initiative
Over 300 children and 200 caregivers (parents and guardians) of Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu have benefited from a vision screening initiative by Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) in association with ARCOD and India Vision Institute (IVI).
The program has come as a timely help to these children and their caregivers afflicted with severe health conditions through a detailed vision screening and free spectacles for the needy on 16 and 17 February in Krishnagiri town.
Through a program called Children of Krishnagiri, ARCOD works with over 300 children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and their care-takers.
Around 160 people with refractive error have received free spectacles. “We are happy to collaborate with ARCOD and IVI to bring good vision to the children of Krishnagiri. Essilor Vision Foundation aims to bring Better Life Through Better Sight,” said EVF Head Mahesh KV.
“EVF is particularly pleased at being able to support the initiative as several members of the Essilor family got the opportunity to participate in it,” he noted.
“IVI is very pleased to be able to work with EVF and ARCOD in this worthwhile initiative as it reaches out to children and their caregivers with severe health conditions such as HIV/AIDS,” said IVI CEO Vinod Daniel.
ARCOD Executive Director, Keshava Raj, said “tie ups and collaborations such as these help us multiply benefits to people with whom we work as also expand our outreach.”
“It is my privilege to serve the needy through the initiative. avery employee in Essilor has an opportunity to participate in EVF activities that is truly improving the lives of people,” said Vinayaka Raman, Business Head, Key Accounts, Essilor India Private Limited
The Association for Rural Community Development (ARCOD), a voluntary organization, works towards achieving social, economic, political, and health empowerment of women and children in areas through sustainable programs.
About Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF)
Essilor’s Essilor Vision Foundation is committed to eradication of poor vision and its lifelong consequences, and to providing underprivileged people the opportunity to live a better life through better sight.
About India Vision Institute (IVI)
India Vision Institute (IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2012. It is focused on supporting and promoting eye health awareness, research, education and technological development in Indian Optometry to advance capacity in vision correction, and prevention of eye disease and blindness. (www.indiavisioninstitute.org )