As an worldwide organisation we can take used items from the UK and make use of them around the world.
The World Health Organization estimates that 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. Yet, current annual production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of the global need. The Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP) enables Lions to provide affordable, refurbished hearing aids for individuals with limited financial resources.
Why do Stowmarket Lions get Involved in Eyeglass Recycling?
The World Health Organisation estimates that 120 million are visually impaired because of uncorrected refractive errors (far and near sightedness). Refractive errors can be easily diagnosed, measured and corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. Yet, millions of people lack access to these basic services. Participation in the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program can raise your club’s visibility and provide your fellow Lions and Leos with a team project that is both easy and rewarding. The donated eyeglasses collected by your club can help improve the quality of life for children and adults living in low and middle income communities around the world. Many will experience corrected vision for the first time, enabling them to lead productive working lives, support their families, attend school and advance their education.