Here’s what some of our partners are saying…
RestoringVision recently received a number of testimonials from a mission trip to Cameroon. They are quite remarkable and give a good understanding of what a pair of reading glasses can mean to people. We encourage you to share your experience with our users. Please click on the link below and fill out the form.
I thank God for your wonderful work for mankind. My reading glasses were not adapted to my present eye situation like these new glasses. My vision has improved greatly as I read very tiny letters with ease now. May God bless you and replenish your treasury.
I am a school teacher and for quite sometime now I have been straining to write and read from the board, prepare my lesson notes, check children’s written work etc. With this pair of glasses I will do my job even better. God bless you all.
I am blessed with these lenses for reading much smaller prints of the Bible for research work in Evangelism. Before then I had much problems straining to research on material for outreach. God bless everyone who in any form contributed to making them available at our level here in Cameroon.
This is a miracle for me because I lost my clerical job in an office five years ago as I couldn’t read and reply correspondences or use the keyboard on my typewriter well. My head ached whenever I read. I came to the village to do farming which is not paying me well. I must go back to look for work in the city.
I am a very good and experienced tailor who for many years supported my immediate and extended family with income from this trade. My business has fallen because I cannot even treadle a needle and make simple stitches like hemming or sewing on buttons.
I used to help many in this village who could not read and write do such things as: reading and writing letters, reading doctors prescriptions and helping sort out medications for patients, filling out forms to save or withdraw money from the village credit union and served as secretary in the village council. I stopped doing a lot of it because I couldn’t see well. This pair of glasses will give me a right-round about turn in life. Thanks you very much
I gave out my Bible and Church Hymnary 12 years ago because I could not read well. I must get new ones and join my church choir with the help of these reading glasses. Thank you very much. I will always pray for you and all those who have sent us the gift.
I left the Christian Women Fellowship group of the Presbyterian Church in Awing because they did a lot of Bible study. I was frustrated because I kept asking people to read passages for me. With this glasses I will know the Bible better and help others understand it too. Thank you very much.
I lost my job as a storekeeper because I could not keep better records as a result of poor vision.My quality of life reduced greatly. I hope to do better things to improve on my life. Thank you a lot.
My children do not believe that I am literate because I no longer read and write. I will do more and even help with their homework.
The group of translators from America is helping to translate the Bible into the Awing language and is giving classes to villagers. I will surely join the class with the help of these glasses.
Just being able to read the numbers on my cell phone and watch are enough for me. Thank you very much.
I, with some members of my congregation have very highly appreciated this wonderful gesture of these glasses you have donated. I hope others will benefit from this great gift from our friends of Cameroon.
My greatest problem was staying out in the sun. The sunglasses will help me a lot. I am very grateful. God bless you all.
We were informed of your donation and we appreciate the effort and many thanks to its effects to Awing and its neighbors. It lifts the life of everyone, one moment at a time.
The testimonies from beneficiaries demonstrates the life changing effects of your kind efforts. The outpouring response also shows the magnitude of the need thus, while giving you our gratitude, we also would love to request that you kindly consider other trips, and if possible, establish a schedule of tours by volunteers on an annual basis. Blesses as you continue to give to the needs of the poor and needy of the world.
Thank you very much for your kind donation to my people back home. We have heard from our families back home that the help is going a long way to lift up lives. Much blessings in your activities.
Each day of clinics [in Uganda], we allocated 30 pairs or reading glasses. The demand was always greater than the supply. One of our young men on the team, a recent college graduate who aspires to medical school. was in charge of fitting the glasses and giving instructions. He carefully tried the different strengths on each person until they could read clearly. He then taught them how to clean and preserve the glasses. They always left rejoicing. School teachers, other professionals, Pastors, Priests, Religious showed up in large numbers. We gave out glasses to many non-professionals as well. All needed reading glasses but had no source. Many walked miles and waited hours to get a pair. They were always so happy to be able to read clearly again.
This trip to Uganda we served about 2,400 people with eyeglasses. You just can’t imagine the expression on their faces when they could read. Some of them would even turn the pages to see if they could read the next page as well. The women would get on their knees and thank us for them. It was a very humbling experience once again.
In Haiti, patients would walk for hours through rugged mountains to get to our clinics. They received treatment for a variety of problems including; five babies delivered, broken bones, parasites and minor surgeries. Malnutrition has become a major problem in Haiti. Cookies made out of dirt, lard and honey are given to the children to eat, since rice and flour is not available or too expensive. This contributes to vitamin deficiencies as well a parasites. Even though they are desperately poor, the people are happy and caring for one another. They come to the clinics in their best clothes. We will see a young girl in a pretty dress one day and the next day another girl in the same dress. It is such a thrill to see the look on the face of a person who is able to see clearly for the first time in many years. It is such an honor to be able to make their lives a little better.
Without RestoringVision.org, quite honestly, launching a community program for readers in the Department of San Marcos would have been extremely difficult if not impossible. Many thanks on behalf of these many poor communities in Guatemala.
Let me report on how we distributed the donated eyeglasses in Malawi. Approximately 700 have gone to Lighthouse, the big outpatient HIV clinic in Lilongwe where many mature patients have been having trouble reading educational material, medication instructions and labels. Another 700 have gone to NAPHAM, the National Association of People with HIV/AIDS Malawi, who will distribute them to patients in Lilongwe and through NAPHAM offices in the north at Mzuzu and the south at Blantyre. The remaining have gone to three pastors at churches around the village of Chiwere, south of Mvera and near Kaso Hill, the monument to the translation of the Bible into Chichewa. There are many older people living here and the church elders will distribute them to members who have trouble reading.
There was great joy in all cases when the glasses were distributed and even a few tears. One old woman, an elder gogo, or grandmother, in Chiwere ran away to her house and came back with her Bible and started reading very loudly to show everyone that she could read the Bible again. I gather that it has been several years since this was possible.