PazSalud Health Missions

PazSalud, or “PeaceHealth” is an organization affiliated with PeaceHealth Hospitals and the Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Peace. Their ideals surround promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way.

PazSalud Health Missions have served rural El Salvador communities since 2002. Volunteers serve on PazSalud medical missions typically every February followed a few months later by a cataract surgical mission. The general health mission includes an eye, gynecology, pediatrics, and a general medicine clinic.

The patients are offered eyeglasses, sunglasses, medications, and other miscellaneous necessities. Cataract candidates are identified at the eye clinic and offered cataract surgery which is co-sponsored by SEE, International.

Recently a new program was added to the mission, the instillation of water filters. After physicians have diagnosed likely cases of parasites and water-borne bacteria in children, the overwhelming need for clean, safe drinking water was realized. At a cost of $60 per filter, a Sawyer Water Filter can filter a million gallons of water and serve the needs of an entire community for years.

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FACE (Foundation for African Children’s Education)

All year round we enjoy supporting FACE (Foundation for African Children’s Education) with monetary donations and supplies. We are excited to join the organization in 2016 on one of their trips to Ghana to provide complete eye care to the villages they travel to.

Foundation for African Children Education (FACE) was started in 2006 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. It is a subsidiary of Focus on Africa Society which is a registered Canadian charity (CRA). FACE aims to provide opportunities for children in rural parts of Africa, who could otherwise not be able to go to school, to attend school.

FACE believes that every child should have the opportunity to attend primary school as a starting point. FACE is convinced that education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty for children in rural areas of Africa. It is well understood that poor uneducated children grow up to be poor uneducated adults. Children of poor families are less likely to enroll in and complete schooling because of the associated costs of attending school.

FACE mission:

To work to break the cycle of poverty through primary education. Focus on primary school children in the rural areas of Africa. Focus on getting 100% of sponsors’ donations to children through the use of volunteers and direct access.

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SEE International

At the invitation of eye surgeons in developing countries, and with the approval of local health and civic authorities, SEE International recruits, organizes, and deploys numerous small surgical teams worldwide to restore sight to under served populations. Since being founded in 1974, SEE’s eye surgeons have examined more than 3.6 million patients and performed over 440,000 sight-restoring operations.

SEE International is the link that connects volunteer ophthalmologists to host clinic sites that are in desperate need of help alleviating the overwhelming number of people living with cataract induced blindness, around the world. SEE International organizes the clinics and provides most of the equipment and supplies that are needed. SEE’s volunteer eye surgeons donate their time and pay for all their own travel expenses. During each clinic (approximately five days long), sight is typically restored to 50 to 200 people.

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US and Canadian Lions Clubs

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.4 million members perform valuable service in 210 countries and geographic areas around the globe.

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VisionPros is a family-owned and family-run online optical store offering you and the ones you love incredible prices on all contact lenses, eyeglasses, and sunglasses. All products are up to 70% off retail store prices and include the name brands you know and trust such as Acuvue, Alcon®, Bausch & Lomb®, CooperVision®, Tom Ford®, Guess®, Hugo Boss® and many more.

VisionPros donates a portion of their profits to Eyes for the World every year as well as donates eyeglasses and sunglasses to each mission.

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