Every donation brings us closer to being able to make eye care accessible to everyone in Ghana, especially children. Long-term sustainability of eye health care in Ghana is driven by education which is always included in our projects.
Why is your donation so vital?
Early detection and treatment of eye conditions could mean the difference between someone learning how to read and write or remaining illiterate their entire life.While an education cannot overcome all social and economic problems, it is one of the best defenses against poverty.
Authorised Fundraiser Status
The Optical Foundation has been officially added to the Charities and Not-for-profits Commission registry as a charity authorised to fundraise by the (Dutch) tax authorities since February 15, 2011.
These charities and Not-for-profits organisations on the registry are termed “Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling” (ANBI) [translation: General Necessity Benefit Institution], so your donations are tax-deductible.
New unused Frames
The Optical Foundation’s invites opticians, frame suppliers and manufacturers to donate any frames that are not likely to get sold.
If your company would like to donate frames, please contact us using the form on the right and provide as much information as possible.
The Optical Foundation cannot accept used glasses and frames. We understand that many people would like to donate their used glasses to charity because the frames may still look fine. However especially in the case of children’s spectacles, even though the frame might still look alright, everyday use will have caused structural changes and metal fatigue, making them more at risk of breakage when mounting new lenses in them. If the frame breaks during this process, than the made to size customized lenses can also no longer be used.
Only 7% of the tested second-hand frames are suitable for re-use. This is a relatively low percentage that does not outweigh the high shipping costs to Ghana. Not to mention the time involved in sorting though the second hand frames to determine which can be re-used. A one off contribution of €14 will achieve more than a donated pair of second hand glasses.
All in all, it works out to be far more economical to send new frames to Ghana, which are stronger and allows children to get a much longer use out of them.
The Optical Foundation works closely with the Optometry Schools at the Universities in Ghana to support and drive the education in optometry. These relationships help to build and sustain a skilled pool of specialists for the long-term sustainability of eye health care in Ghana. One of the ways that we help is by facilitating donations of equipment to assist education programs at the Optometry Schools. The donated equipment supports hands-on training and education for the Ghanaian optometry students.
The Optical Foundation’s Equipment Donation Program is also designed to make equipment available for collaboration with locally driven rural community eye examination projects.
How Can I Donate?
The Optical Foundation’s Equipment Donation Program invites schools to request equipment that would benefit their curriculum, and invites companies to donate equipment when and where it makes sense for their business.
Following is a list of items that are always needed: equipment, since we will always need that:
Retinoscopy Rack Lens Sets
Visual Acuity Charts
Colour Vision Tests
If you or your company would like to discuss donating any of the above listed items or other equipment, please contact us and provide as much information as possible.