If you’ve got an old pair of glasses you no longer want or need then why not donate them to our Sri Lanka appeal and help others who have never had the chance to benefit from wearing a pair of spectacles.
To date the Beacon Centre has sent out almost 2,000 pairs of glasses to the country to help those living in a remote region.
The glasses, donated by people from across the Black Country and Staffordshire, are sent out to the Senehasa Foundation which is a registered charity run by Buddhist monks.
They arrange for an optician to check them for their prescriptions and special ceremonies are held to hand them over to people in the remote Kurunegala region.
The Beacon Centre’s head of enterprise Tracey Ford said: “It is wonderful to hear that the glasses so kindly donated by members of the public are benefiting so many people.
“We are continuing to collect any old pairs of spectacles to go out to the country and if anyone would like to make a donation they can pop into Beacon Opticians Plus at our Sedgley centre.”
Donations can also be made at any of our seven retail shops around the region.
Recycled spectacles boost – September 2018
Manapaha Foundation is delighted to have received an additional 635 pairs of recycled spectacles to support a rural farming communities in Sri Lanka. Very special thanks to the Co-op and Scorpious who kindly donated a large percentage of these. These glasses change lives and communities as well as improve people’s emotional and social wellbeing.
New Library Opened
Manapaha Foundation recently opened (August 2018) a new English Library to help the local community read and write in English. Thanks to kind donations, which included 2,500 books and six computers, we are able to further help the people of the Kurunegala region through education – opening new doors and opportunities.
An eye camp for 300 children was set up recently and helped 30 children obtain spectacles. In addition, some young children were diagnosed with serious eye conditions which they were not aware of and the Manapaha Foundation was able to help them by acting early – preventing long-term damage.
Manapaha Foundation helped a young girl some years ago who has since grown massively after her first contact with the foundation. Naomi was initially suffering from emotional problems, nightmares and social exclusion because of her sight loss. She is now able to read and write in Braille. As a result, her confidence has increased, and she is now much more self-assured in social settings. She has also gone on to win local running events and has taken part in a local singing competition which she also took top prize in.
If you would like to help with Braille English books, please donate your unwanted books to us here at Beacon.