Care Netram India

India is huge – 1.3 billion people, including more than 300 million who need glasses.

Kantilata – the first glasses at 70 | © Antje Christ

ODG Brazil - Facts

  • Started work: 2014
  • More than 200,000 vision tests performed
  • Over 62,000 people provided with glasses
  • 25 employees on site
  • Main location: São Paolo
  • Eye camps in the favelas and the Amazon
  • 3 social-optics shops
  • Project name: Renovatio
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 66,000 people provided with glasses
  • Over 100,000 vision tests performed
  • 25 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 (Bolivia)
Basic data - Bolivia
  • Population: 12 million
  • Population density: 10,8 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 3,625

ODG Malawi - Facts

  • Started working: 2014
  • Over 44,000 people provided with glasses
  • More than 135,000 vision tests performed
  • Main location: Lilongwe
  • 34 employees on site
  • Around 1,200 eye-camps
  • Four eyewear centers
  • Project name: GoodVision (Malawi)
Basic data - Malawi
  • Population: 20 million
  • Population density: 203 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 431 (rank 174 of 189)

ODG Burkina Faso - Facts

  • Started working: 2013
  • Over 87,000 people provided with glasses
  • More than 222,000 vision tests performed
  • 70 employees on site
  • Central production in Ouagadougou (capital)
  • More than 20 spectacle centres as permanent contact points
  • Project name: GoodVision (Burkina Faso)
Basic data - Burkina Faso
  • Population: 20 million
  • Population density: 76 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 790 (rank 182 of 189)

ODG India - Facts

  • Started working: 2017
  • Over 40,000 people provided with glasses
  • More than 120,000 vision tests performed
  • about 90 employees on site
  • Headquarter in the state of Odisha
  • Over 2,700 eye camps with small mobile teams
  • Project name: CARE Netram
Basic data - India
  • Population: 1.4 billion
  • Population density: 464 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 1,965

ODG Peru - Facts

  • Started working: 2019
  • Over 8,000 people provided with glasses
  • Main location: Lima
  • Eye-camps in the poor outskirts of Lima and numerous peruvian regions
  • Project name: Lentes al Instante (Perú)
Basic data - Peru
  • Population: 33 million
  • Population density: 25 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 6,700
  • About one third 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: Nairobi
  • Project name: Tuone Vizuri Miwani, GoodVision (Kenia)
Basic data - Kenya
  • Population: 50 million
  • Population density: 95 inhabitants per km2
  • PDP per inhabitant: USD 2,000

ODG Myanmar - Facts

  • Started working: 2018
  • Over 10,000 people provided with glasses
  • Headquarters: Pyimana Township NayPyiTaw
  • Project responsibility: OneDollarGlasses Switzerland
  • 2019: Foundation of an own organization
  • Project name: GoodVision (Myanmar)
Basic data - Myanmar
  • Population: 53 million
  • Population density: 82 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 1,400 (147 of 189)

Ehtiopia - Facts

  • Started working: 2013
  • Working with Alem Katema e.V. Partnership
  • Main location: Alem Katema, Region Amhara
  • One Dollar Glasses production and optical tests
Basic Data - Ehtiopia
  • Population: 100 million inhabitants
  • Population density: 95 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitan: 950 USD

Land of contrasts

Traffic chaos in the extremely densely populated metropolises (here in the old town of Delhi), great nature and traditional rural lifestyle.


Prashant Pachisia is our partner in India. He runs a company in the training sector and had been looking for a project for which he could get involved socially for years. As an entrepreneur, he thinks big: after our start in the state of Odisha, he wants to establish Care Netram all over India.

Mobile Teams

The optical teams in India travel in small groups of 5-6 people from village to village and run eye camps there. A camp organizer prepares the campaigns with the local authorities.


The patients are registered at the entrance, then the vision tests are carried out.

Needle and thread

If people cannot read, a reading test also makes no sense. It is often much more important, especially for women, whether they can thread a needle.

Optical training

The optical professionals are involved in practical exercises and experiments with incredible enthusiasm, which is often missing in many traditional learning curriculums. In the photo, they are experimenting with a paper eye model that Martin Aufmuth developed especially for training purposes.


Kaushalya, a successful graduate of our first training course, is now a trainer for young women.

Professional support

Debasis is a state-certified optometrist. He attends the training courses regularly, is available for technical questions and has overall responsibility for the success of the training and the quality of the eye tests.


Production of glasses

The production of glasses takes place centrally in the city of Bhubaneshwar. From there, the optical teams are supplied with frames. Tapan (in the middle with the month’s production of glasses frames) is the production manager and therefore also responsible for regular quality control.

Women as producers

Married women in the village traditionally have to take care of family and household. They hardly have any opportunities to earn money themselves. With OneDollarGlasses, they can now produce glasses for a few hours every day and thus make an important contribution to household income. This also increases their reputation in the family.


Everyday life

Hairstylist can see again to cut hair – farmer doing housework – woman can sort stones out of rice again

Holy cows

You meet cows everywhere in India – here on the street in front of our training center.

In the slum

Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state, has several slums. The school in the Salia Sahi slum endures very difficult conditions. A teacher is responsible for several classes at a time. None of the children ever visited an optician. The children eagerly wait for their eye test.

Photos: Martin Aufmuth and Antje Christ, story: Martin Aufmuth

Our projects worldwide

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




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