TN Minister Pandiarajan distributes 174 spectacles to Avadi community
As part of a major India Vision Institute (IVI) campaign in association with Ma Foi Foundation covering 16,000 children and over 4,500 adults in the community in Avadi, the Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, and Archaeology, Tamil Nadu Government, K. Pandiarajan and Founder of Ma Foi Foundation, distributed free spectacles to 174 recipients at Senthil Nagar .
Participants at the spectacles distribution event included Mrs. LathaPandiarajan, Co-founder, Ma Foi group & Managing Trustee, Ma Foi Foundation,IVI CEO Vinod Daniel,and community leader M Jabaselvan. The targeted campaign at Avadiis being organized based on identified needs of the community.The Minister said, “IVI’s continued support to screening and providing free spectacles to the needy in Avadi is welcome.”
“It is encouraging to see IVI’s tireless role, through its Eye See & I Work, and Eye See & I Learn initiatives, in making a change to the lives of adults and children,” Mr Pandiarajan noted. IVI CEO Vinod Daniel said “our campaigns in Avadi in the last two years have helped.1,058 adults and 10,800 children. We are distributing740 spectacles to adults and 1,600 to children.”
“These have helped adults become more productive, improving their livelihood opportunities, and assisted children learn better in the classroom.”“IVI is working to deliver vision care services to underprivileged communities across India. Our Eye See & I Learn, and Eye See & I Work initiatives have reached out to over 200,000 people and have provided free glasses to them,” he noted.
IVI acknowledges Essilor Vision Foundation for supporting with the spectacles for this campaign. IVI has to date conducted around 400 vision screening programs in and around Chennai and other cities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Pondicherry, West Bengal, New Delhi, Haryana and Mizoram. Around 200,000 individuals from the underprivileged communities (including over 1, 17, 706 children) have been screened and free spectacles distributed to around 20,000 individuals (including 10,000 children).