Social program that seeks to improve the visual quality of children

Social program that seeks to improve the visual quality of children
Social program that seeks to improve the visual quality of children

More than two thousand children with visual problems will receive 2,000 glasses. The frames will be made with plastic caps.

According to data from the Colombian Society of Ophthalmology, one in five children has myopia problems.

Many of the children with vision problems come from low-income families, from social strata 1, 2 and 3, or they also live in rural areas far from urban centers. For these reasons, many children have to suffer vision problems without the opportunity to correct them.

This situation affects approximately 56.6% of children in Colombia, hindering their learning process.

According to World Health Organizationschool-aged children with visual impairments may have lower levels of academic performance.

That is why, today, a group of organizations have joined forces to provide help to thousands of children and young people between 5 and 18 years old with vision problems and who have not been able to receive care due to Different reasons.

“This initiative began about three years ago, when we began to look for our purpose and found that our purpose is to help children go far. And through this purpose we created the program ‘Growing Together with Chocolisto’, which seeks to reduce the educational barriers that exist in Colombia and the world. And within it we have the program ‘Their Vision, Their Future’ with which we seek to improve the visual conditions of children,” said Andrés Arango, Global Head of Chocolisto, one of the associated companies.

This Colombian company, together with Save The Children, a humanitarian NGO, and Sajú, a brand that makes products from recycled materials, will offer glasses with frames made from plastic lids from containers of the popular instant chocolate drink.

The ‘Academia de Pasiones’ program, in partnership with the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and Corporación Social Pan, supports parents and caregivers in the educational development of their children, focusing on discovering and fostering their passions in art and science. In 2023, the Academy graduated 297 children and in 2024 the goal is to reach 380 graduates.

There will be 2,000 corrective glasses for children in Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bogotá, Medellín, Barranquilla, Cartagena and La Guajira.

 
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