Burkina Faso

GoodVisionGlasses in West Africa

Burkina Faso means “land of righteous people”. Almost half of the population lives in absolute poverty.

The Team | © Michael Schubert

ODG Brazil - Facts

  • Started work: 2014
  • More than 145,000 vision tests performed
  • Over 50,000 people provided with glasses
  • 20 employees on site
  • Main location: São Paolo
  • Eye camps in the favelas and the Amazon
  • 3 social-optics shops
  • Project name: VerBem (Good Vision)
Basic data - Brazil
  • Population: 210 million
  • Population density: 25,6 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 1,868
  • 22% of school drop-outs due to children's sight defects

ODG Bolivia - Facts

  • Started work: 2014
  • Over 45,000 people provided with glasses
  • Over 60,000 vision tests performed
  • 22 local employees
  • Main location: Santa Cruz
  • Eye camps with mobile optical unit
  • Central production for South America: 75,000 frames manufactured
  • Project name: Lentes al Instante
Basic data - Bolivia
  • Population: 11,5 million
  • Population density: 10,5 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 3,566

ODG Malawi - Facts

  • Started working: 2014
  • Over 40,000 people provided with glasses
  • More than 100,000 vision tests performed
  • Main location: Lilongwe
  • 46 employees on site
  • Around 1,000 eye-camps
  • Five eyewear centers
  • Project name: GoodVisionGlasses
Basic data - Malawi
  • Population: 20 million
  • Population density: 10,5 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 350 (rank 190 of 193)
  • About half of the people live on USD 65 per year

ODG Burkina Faso - Facts

  • Started working: 2013
  • Over 60,000 people provided with glasses
  • More than 140,000 vision tests performed
  • 65 employees on site
  • Central production in Ouagadougou (capital)
  • Average of 30 eye camps per month
  • 20 spectacle centres as permanent contact points
  • Project name: GoodVisionGlasses
Basic data - Burkina Faso
  • Population: 20 million
  • Population density: 73 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 716 (rank 179 of 193)

ODG India - Facts

  • Started working: 2017
  • Over 17,000 people provided with glasses
  • More than 55,000 vision tests performed
  • about 60 employees on site
  • Headquarter in the state of Odisha
  • Over 1,000 eye camps with small mobile teams
  • Project name: CARE Netram
Basic data - India
  • Population: 1.3 billion
  • Population density: 455 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 2,719

ODG Peru - Facts

  • Started working: 2019
  • Over 2,000 people provided with glasses
  • Main location: Lima
  • 10 eye-camps in the poor outskirts of the capital Lima
  • Project name: Lentes al Instante (good vision)
Basic data - Peru
  • Population: 33 million
  • Population density: 25 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 7,007
  • About a quarter of the population lives in the region Lima
  • Peru is geographically the third largest country in South America

ODG Kenya - Facts

  • Started working: 2014
  • Main location: Kisii County
  • Focus of work: Improving eye care in the public health system in Kisii County
  • Project name: Tuone Vizuri Miwani (Good Vision)
Basic data - Kenya
  • Population: 49 million
  • Population density: 90 inhabitants per km2
  • PDP per inhabitant: USD 1,832

ODG Myanmar - Facts

  • Started working: 2018
  • Over 3,000 people provided with glasses
  • Headquarter: Sagaing
  • Project responsibility: OneDollarGlasses Switzerland
  • 2018: Training of monastery staff in the manufacture of glasses and performing the eye tests
  • Successful implementation of first eye camps
  • 2019: Foundation of an own organization
  • Project name: GoodVisionGlasses
Basic data - Myanmar
  • Population: 53 million
  • Population density: 82 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 1,300 (162 of 193)

Large team

With almost 70 employees, GoodVisionGlasses is already one of the large employers in the country. Once a year, all employees come together to share their experiences and to recharge their batteries and motivation as a team.

At the center of GoodVisionGlasses

The headquarters of GoodVisionGlasses is in the capital, Ouagadougou. Operations in the country are conducted from there. Production is also located there. Eye tests are also offered to walk-in customers.

In the village

The rural people are very poor and often cannot afford the trip to the city. That’s why GoodVisionGlasses teams comes to the people in the village.

Schoolchildren

The children queue in front of the school in a long line. Every child receives an eye test. Then the children receive the right glasses. In very poor countries, it is often difficult for parents to buy glasses for their children.

Hot meal

Every child brings an empty pot to school in the morning. For many, the food the children receive at noon is the only hot meal of the day.

Baguettes

Idrissa sells his delicious avocado baguettes “Pain-Avocat” very close to our headquarters. When he came to us, he complained of eye pain and bad vision. That is now over: Idrissa received his first glasses at the age of 30 – now he can even even ride a motorcycle and supply his customers with baguettes.

Photos: Martin Aufmuth, Isabella Bilger, Renate Eden, Michael Schubert; story: Martin Aufmuth

Our projects worldwide

Today we are active in eight countries worldwide.
Our goal: Establishment of an optical basic care for everyone.

Brasil

Bolivia

Malawi

Burkina Faso

India

Peru

Kenia

Myanmar

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“Thanks to these glasses, I can ride a motorcycle again and deliver my baguette.”

Idrissa Nana, takeaway owner – Burkina Faso