Marawi residents are having a hard time until now brought by the war which erupted last year. Imagine leaving the comforts of their homes and livelihood to avoid getting in the middle of the chaos. After the war, they were left with nothing to come home to, no idea how to start anew, how to rebuild their lives. It will take maybe years to be able to stand up on their own. Thus, in an effort to help restore the communities, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) in partnership with the Integrated Philippine Association of Optometrists, Inc. (IPAO), joined hands in creating an advocacy tagged as Marawi 2020. The goal is to provide eye care to those in need to give them hope and a brighter, clearer tomorrow!
The Marawi 2020 campaign is just one of the programs spearheaded by EVF. The foundation is committed to eliminating poor vision and lifelong consequences, and to provide underprivileged people to live a better life through better sight.
With the help of volunteer optometrists from IPAO, the campaign will provide all residents with free eye checks and corrective glasses, if needed. EVF and IPAO also aim to create sustainable access to vision care services by creating an Eye & Vision Clinic at the Department of Health Hospital in Marawi City. The program also aims to help local optometrists to re-establish their practices by providing them livelihood to recover from their losses.
“In our own little way, we aim to help the people of Marawi find hope despite everything that happened. Through this advocacy campaign, we wish to boost people’s confidence in seeing life more clearly. Better vision in life lets them know that it is never too late to start anew, to brush off the ashes and hope for a brighter future,” – shared Dr. Emelita Roleda, General Manager of Essilor Philippines.
Essilor Vision Foundation is giving 20 Thousand Free Eyeglasses for Bangon #Marawi2020 advocacy campaign.
For more information about the Marawi 2020 advocacy campaign, visit Essilor’s website at www.essilor.com.ph and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.