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 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 9,000 people provided with glasses
  • Headquarters: Pyimana Township NayPyiTaw
  • Project responsibility: OneDollarGlasses Switzerland
  • 2018: Training of monastery staff in the manufacture of glasses and performing the eye tests
  • 2019: Foundation of an own organization
  • Successful implementation of first eye camps
  • Project name: GoodVisionGlasses
Basic data - Myanmar
  • Population: 53 million
  • Population density: 82 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: USD 1,300 (162 of 193)

Ethiopia - 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:  109 million
  • Population density: 95 inhabitants per km2
  • GDP per inhabitant: 772 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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