Eyeglasses for Congo
That they too may see!
You can give the gift of sight to someone in Congo! Through the Paul Carlson Partnership’s Eyeglasses for Congo program, you can donate your used glasses and we will deliver them to the remote Ubangi region in Equateur province, in the northwest Democratic Republic of Congo. The glasses you wore last year or last week can soon be worn by a man or woman in Congo who has no hope of buying any.
Congo is the poorest country on earth, and the Ubangi region in Equateur province, northwest Congo, is among the poorest. Most of the people in the villages are subsistence farmers who earn less than $70 a year. We work with 5 hospitals and 94 clinics serving a population of more than 700,000. The central pharmacy at Karawa hospital receives and distributes the donated glasses. They never have enough to meet the need — and we are their only source.
“The eye work out there was one of the most gratifying things I did,” Roger says. “There are people who have worked hard to learn to read, but then their eyes change and they can no longer see the words. When they are fitted with donated glasses, they are overjoyed at being able to read again.”
Eyeglasses for Congo grows out of the dedication of one man. More than a decade ago retired missionary surgeon Roger Thorpe began receiving used eyeglasses from friends and church groups. After checking and marking them for use, he sent them to Congo in trunks carried by friends going over.
In 2012, PCP began talking with Roger about joining forces in this ministry, building on his expertise and putting a floor of sustainability under the program. And so a new partnership was formed.
Now you can be part of this too and give sight to someone in Congo. Send your glasses, tell your friends, organize a one-time collection or an ongoing ministry program. Sunglasses and reading glasses are welcome too, and we can always use cases.