Abhiram Karuppur Collected and distributed glasses in India

I first became involved in New Eyes for the Needy when I began conducting eyeglass donation drives in my freshman year in high school. This was motivated by the fact that I saw several pairs of used glasses that were still in good condition being thrown away. Since then, I have been conducting biannual eyeglass drives during the fall and spring, and have collected many pairs of glasses that were donated to New Eyes for the Needy. In summer of 2013, I took a box of 200 glasses to the Opthalmic Center, which is part of the Sankara Nethralaya Foundation, located in Chennai, India. The glasses were to be distributed to needy villagers living far from urban areas. In addition, I shadowed an optometrist and ophthalmologist in order to learn how the prescription process works and how to diagnose cataracts and other eye diseases. During my Spring Break in March 2014, I had the opportunity to visit the New Eyes for the Needy center in New Jersey. I helped sort the glasses I collected during my school drive in addition to other donated glasses. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get involved with this organization and serve this noble cause.

Abhiram Karuppur, Junior at The Pingry School, Basking Ridge, NJ

Abhiram Karuppur, Junior at The Pingry School, Basking Ridge, NJ