Cameroon Task Force
Eye glasses are expensive in Cameroon – each custom pair is valued at about $400 – which is the average monthly income there. Our donated glasses had a street value of about $200,000 American. Someone had the idea to issue a number system each day to people who had received the (free) eye exams. That cooled the intensity of those waiting to receive such hot commodities.
About Aurora Borealis Lions Eyeglass Recycling and Vision Center
900 eyeglasses were distributed and 40 individuals received eye exams.
Thanks to a partnership with the Aurora Borealis Lions Eyeglass Recycling and Vision Center in Fairbanks, AK and other businesses, 900 prescription glasses were distributed to children and adults in need by the SJUMC mission team members and local Kribi partners. Dr. Robin Grendahl provided individual eye exams for approximately 40 children and adults.
Lions in Alaska have been collecting eyeglasses for several years. In 2004, they began their fully-operational Lions eyeglass recycling center. They process approximately 40,000 pairs of eyeglasses per year and send out approximately 30,000 to eye care missions. In 2007, The Aurora Borealis Lions Foundation purchased a building which has become the home to Aurora Borealis Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center.
How You Can Help
We need your help!
If you have used eyeglasses you no longer need, you can donate them now. Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and plastic and metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed.
Anchorage Dropoffs for Used Glasses
- Costco at 4125 Debarr Road or 330 West Dimond Blvd.
- Walmart at 3101 A St or 8900 Old Seward Hwy.
- Look for containters in the optical sections. If these locations are not convenient, please contact the Lions and we can arrange a pickup.
Thank you Lion’s Club of Alaska!
The Lions Clubs International Foundation
The Lions Clubs International Foundation, through their “SightFirst” Initiative is one of the major partners with WHO in addressing the causes of childhood blindness. Because of its extensive social and emotional burdens, prevention of childhood blindness is generally high on the agenda. The causes of childhood blindness, amenable to prevention and treatment, receive attention, not only because there are interventions available to handle these conditions, but also devastating consequences if not addressed.