VisionSpring launches ‘Livelihoods in Focus’ in Assam, will screen the vision of tea workers in 2023

Industry Watch | January 20, 2023 | News

VisionSpring Livelihoods in Focus

In Assam, VisionSpring launched ‘Livelihoods in Focus’, a campaign that will unlock $13.5 million in income earning potential this year for tea garden workers, artisans and micro-entrepreneurs who gain clear vision with eyeglasses. Through Livelihoods in Focus, VisionSpring, together with corporate, NGO and government partners, will screen the vision of 1.05 lakh people who need to see clearly to sustain their incomes. They expect 63,000 people will acquire eyeglasses in 2023 so they can see well and do well. The 2023 commitment is part of a larger aspiration to reach 10 lakh low-income people in tea growing regions and establish Assam as a clear vision state.

VisionSpring celebrated the launch of the movement with an event attended by Joydeep Phukan, Principal Officer and Secretary Tea Research Association of India; Bhanu Saikia, State Programme Officer and Joint Director Health Services (Ophthalmology), Government of Assam; Harkirat Singh Sidhu, Consulting Program Coordinator India, Rainforest Alliance; Atul Singh, Vice President CSR, Emami Group among many other senior dignitaries.

Ella Gudwin, CEO, VisionSpring said, “60 crore (600 million) people in India need eyeglasses to earn, learn and drive safely. This is a solvable problem. By serving low-income workers whose occupations require clear vision, especially at near distances, we can help people maintain their livelihoods and provide for their families. Focusing on districts in Assam with large numbers of tea workers and artisans will also improve productivity in sectors responsible for a majority of the state’s GDP.”

Anshu Taneja, Managing Director, VisionSpring said, “We have witnessed first-hand a huge unmet need for eye-screening services and eyeglasses, and we know that Livelihoods in Focus in Assam will help close this gap. Everyone can play a role in solving this problem—corporates, hospitals, government agencies, and others. This is joyful work and we invite you to join us.”

VisionSpring will be expanding Livelihoods in Focus to other parts of India, as well as tea, coffee, cocoa and artisan regions of Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.

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The 2023 commitment is part of a larger aspiration to reach 10 lakh low-income people in tea growing regions and establish Assam as a clear vision state.

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