January 18th, 2012
30 pairs of glasses were hand delivered to Accra, Ghana. They were given to an eye doctor to distribute to patients connected to clinics on the outskirts of Accra. This was the first batch of glasses distributed.
January 27th, 2012
20 pairs of glasses were hand delivered to Moshi, Tanzania and given to
Dr. Goodluck Kessy (pictured, holding bubble-wrapped glasses and a Gracie’s Glasses newspaper article), the Medical Director of The Women’s Education & Economic Centre of Moshi Tanzania (weece.org). He distributed the glasses through the medical center KCMC (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center) in Moshi.
March 19th, 2012
50 pairs of glasses were mailed to Njombe, Tanzania, a rural and impoverished village of around 6,200 people. There is a convent, school, and orphanage there. The nuns who run the orphanage and school need glasses, as well as the students, many of which are orphans of AIDS.
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Serabu, Sierra Leone
March 20th, 2012
60 pairs of glasses were shipped to Memphis, Tennessee to the Southern Eye Institute (southerneyeinstitute.org). From there, they were shipped to Serabu, Sierra Leone.
20 pairs of glasses were hand delivered to a leprosy colony in India. Once one is diagnosed with leprosy, they are an “untouchable” or outcast of Indian society. Rising Star Outreach (risingstaroutreach.org) helps these colonies, and the lady who took the glasses with her is working with Rising Star Outreach.
May 10th, 2013
110 pairs of glasses were shipped to the Rotary Club of Kiwatule, in Kampala, Uganda. The glasses were distrubuted in a medical outreach program hosted at the Kisowera Primary School.
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Letter of Thanks (translation below)
Subject: To thank the person who got us the glasses.
I would like to thank you very much for all that you have done for us when you gave us glasses.
Now I can read very well as a result of the glasses and I am now a new person.
Mr. Semakadde is an honest person to have helped you distribute these glasses. I am praying that God blesses you and rewards you.
188 pairs of eyeglasses were delivered to Kathmandu, Nepal. This was possible thanks to the generous donation of eyeglasses from Next Generation Nepal (www.nextgenerationnepal.org). The glasses were sent to Dooley Intermed International (www.dooleyintermed.org) and then given to Mission Himalaya (www.missionhimalaya.org) to be distributed to people who need them.
July 22nd, 2013
October 10th, 2014
80 pairs of glasses were sent to Nairobi, Kenya. They will be distributed to people in need by Share Vision Kenya, a partner organization of Gracie's Glasses.
"The idea of your foundation really inspired me, I think it is a very noble course because there are very many people here in Kenya who can not afford spectacles, children also can not go to school because of visual disorders that have not received any attention because of poverty...I see us having a lasting partnership in empowering the poor in Kenya by giving them the ability of better vision"
- Founder of Share Vision Kenya