12 year-old Yasmeen Aslam wears her stylish new glasses with pride, and is overjoyed that she can now see clearly. Only a month ago her poor eyesight had severely affected her performance at school and was making her depressed.
Education has always been important to Yasmeen and her family. Her father is a schoolteacher. He works at the public primary school in their village on the outskirts of Lahore. Though his income is low, he’s strived hard to ensure all his children receive a good education and are studying hard. But when Yasmeen’s deteriorating eyesight started hindering his daughter’s studies, he was distraught.
Yasmeen’s father could not afford to take his daughter to an ophthalmologist. So the family sought aid at AMWT’s eye-care clinic in Lahore. Yasmeen required corrective glasses, and would have to come in for regular check ups. AMWT offered her a free eye-screening as well as the spectacles she needed. She was especially happy to be able to choose the frames she liked.
Like Yasmeen, many children in the developing world are held back by a want for the simplest of life’s essentials: Like the ability to see clearly. One small donation of £35 can change that for good.