Where Do The Glasses Go?




"Warm greetings from Okinawa, Bolivia. Okinawa is a very, very rural and poor community in Bolivia. So many people in Okinawa have poor vision and have suffered from it for most of their lives. They never thought it possible to correct their vision with glasses because they could not even afford the transportation costs to get to the big city where eye exams are given. Unable to see things, they are forced to discontinue their studies, regular reading, and any other work requiring the ability to see up close.

With your generous donation, so many of the people in our community are being given the chance to see things clearly for the first time in their lives!!! I wish you could see their faces light up right after they put on the glasses and realize that they can see the words in front of them! They giggle like children they are so elated! One woman got so excited she tried to read every little piece of paper on my desk!

I have enclosed some pictures showing some of the patients and their happiness upon receiving the glasses. The pictures really only capture half of their excitement. Each person extended such a big thank you to me and I in turn tell them that all of the credit goes to New Eyes for the Needy, Inc.”

Kathleen, a Volunteer from Quinta Terra, Inc.




“A woman came into clinic one morning and began to tell us her story. She had married a man from a very small village in China. They had many children and worked very hard through the years in the field. Since it was not a wealthy village they had very little and lived very simple lives. The woman is now quite old with several great-grandchildren and her and her husband still work in the fields doing all they can to live. She said they did not have much money but wanted to be able to see, if we could please help her.

I found that she had cataract surgery and could not see much at all. I gave her a pair of cataract glasses and as she placed them on her face she began to weep. She could see my face, she saw her own hands much clearer, and after a short adjustment period, she was able to read for the first time in a number of years. It was more than she hoped for. She was so grateful and could not wait to go home and tell her husband and to see his face, something she was unable to do for many years.”




“I just returned from Ghana. The mission there was a big success, we were there for 2 weeks, saw 1575 patients, and distributed 4 boxes of glasses. Your generous donation of eyeglasses definitely made a difference in many people’s lives! We went to visit the local school for more than 1,000 children, and the principal wore the readers donated by you. He said he could finally see well to do his work!”

Judith, an Ophthalmologist




“We often refer to our Eye Clinic as the “Joy Clinic” because the reactions are always joyous. Few things are as rewarding as seeing the face of a young child light up as they can finally see to read in a book or watching the face of a mother light up because she had never clearly seen her child’s face.”

Erin, from Friends of Barnabas




“Would you believe that we had taken a digital picture of her and showed her herself and she did not know who it was? She had not seen her reflection in the mirror or a picture of herself for many years. Now with her eyeglasses she can see her picture and now be able to read her Bible at night.”

Michelle, Caribbean American Medical Educational Organization




“I write to you from Cay Paloma where Harold was responsible for the delivery of New Eyes for the Needy glasses to the Ngobe Indians of the most rural parts of Panama.

Through Peace Corps-Panama, I have been working to promote the advancement of rural women by teaching business skills and applying those skills to their new artisan trade, jewelry made of coconut shells. The women wanted to find glasses for the farsighted elderly of the village. With your donation, glasses reached far more abuelitos than they ever could have imagined. I assure you the used glasses you collect make true differences in the lives of those who could never afford such a luxury.”

Elyssa, a Peace Corp Worker in Panama




“There was one deaf mute whom I was particularly happy to get a pair of glasses to. He is a very talented artist and had stop drawing because he could not see. When we gave him the glasses, he sat down and did a drawing of me in a matter of minutes. He had stopped drawing about six months earlier because his eyes were so bad, so it was very special to give him some sight again.

We plan another trip in a couple of years. It was truly a life-moving experience. I am very, very grateful to this wonderful organization for being so helpful. It would take the average Filipino twenty years to make what I make in one year.”

Dennis, A Missionary in The Philippines



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“Imagine being a blacksmith who can no longer see his work. Imagine spending all your life doing traditional embroidery, then finding the stitches too tiny to see or make. We hear story after story about what people will do now that they can see clearly again.

Bottom line:  You have never brought more joy.  Thanks a million!”

Susan, a former nurse in a refugee camp who brought glasses to Thailand




"The women do beautiful bead work which is a form of income they need. However, age and environmental conditions affect their eyesight making bead work difficult. When Dr. Bob provides a prescription for their vision, eyes light up and joy spreads across their face as he points to their beads and asks if they can see better.

Thank you for serving the Lord with us by financial and prayer support. Our last day of clinic is always filled with emotions as we say goodbye for another year."

Dr. Bob and Sandy Purnell