Teen Helps Kids See
It is a tough world out there— especially if everything is blurry.
One young, impressionable student spent a week without his glasses while they were being fixed. His blurry-vision experience led to the realization that so many kids are left to see that way always due to inability to afford corrective eye-wear.
Yash Gupta, as a high school freshman of 14 years old, decided to do something. He discovered that more than 12 million children in need go without proper sight.
“If you can’t see anything, you definitely can’t make the most of the education you’re being given,” he said. “I had this problem for one week, but these kids have these problems for their whole lives.”
Gupta created Sight Learning, a charity that collects used glasses and donates them to children in need. Since 2011, he has provided 9,500 pairs, which equates to $500,000, for eyes in Haiti, Honduras, India, and Mexico.
Now a high school senior, Gupta works 20 hours a week to collect and ship glasses. He has traveled to India and Mexico on deliveries and to help at eye clinics.
Can you imagine trying to live everyday life without clear vision?
Photo Credit: Neweyesfortheneedy.org