I am very fortunate that at a young age my parents realized that I would need to get my eyes checked. Since then, I have spent a majority of my life wearing either glasses or contacts. At the moment, while I write this, I'm trying to grasp the concept of what if they never took me to the doctor and my vision never improved over the years. How would have that affected my life and most importantly, my education? For many of us, having glasses or contacts is normal and an aspect that we don't think about. However, something as simple as a pair of glasses, which has a great impact on our daily lives, is missing among many children in Cambodia. Looking for a route to change that, Trammell Cox and his team have developed a non-profit organization to take action and make a difference.
While spending two years in Cambodia as a missionary, Trammell realized there was a low amount of glasses seen on the faces of the children in schools who were in need of them. What started out as wanting to help, lead Trammell, with the help of his family and friends, to putting together an organization called Seeing is Believing. With 100% of its funds raised going towards the cause, Seeing is Believing partners with local optometrists to provide students in orphan villages with prescription glasses. In order to support the local community, Seeing is Believing purchases the glasses from the optometrists for as low as $5 each, while the doctors provide the screening of each child at no cost. Seeing is Believing also uses recycled and donated glasses received here in the States to help their cause. This past year, Trammell told me that they ran a similar crowdfunding campaign and were able to raise about $8,200, which provided 3,500 pairs of glasses to kids in Cambodia. This year, they hope to be able to raise enough money that will allow them to provide at least a thousand pairs. Having a successful campaign under their belt, Seeing is Believing is on the path of having yet another smooth campaign, as they look to use their experience to make a difference in a child's life. With their focus on education, they know that providing a child with a pair of glasses can help make a tremendous impact in his or her life. That by itself is worth every second spent on this cause for Seeing is Believing.
Trammell shared something with me that truly touched my heart. He told me about a child who had put on his glasses for the first time. With excitement, the child expressed, "I CAN READ THE BOARD!" Let that sink in for a second. When something as simple as a pair of glasses can have such an impact, it's great to know that these guys are on the right track with their mission. Seeing is Believing has the potential of changing the lives of many orphaned kids, helping them advance in their education.
And that by itself is an incredible POP.