In 2008, Jackie Hunsier’s life changed during a trip to Hanoi. During her trip, a doctor gave her a challenge to handout fifty-three pairs of reading glasses to women artisans who supported their families. It took Jackie only one week to find women artisans and hand deliver all fifty-three pairs of glasses. This one trip was the catalyst that created the Reading Glass Project, which is a non-profit that supplies reading glasses to travelers to distribute glasses to developing countries. Jackie realized that this simple act could easily help thousands of people all around the world.
Currently, Reading Glass Project has given out thousands of reading glasses in over 45 countries. The idea is that people who already have plans to travel to developing countries can bring as many glasses as they want to hand deliver to those in need of glasses. Each of pair of glasses is made out of good quality materials with spring-hinges. Travelers can even get the glasses written off their income tax because Reading Glass Project is a non-profit. Jackie also asks that each volunteer takes a picture as they deliver the glasses and writes down a few sentences to help gain more exposure for the non-profit and inspire more volunteers.
With the holidays around the corner, consider buying a few pairs of glasses for the next time you or a friend travels to a developing country. Vita Travel Store currently has glasses just waiting to be given out! Below there are two links with Reading Glass Project website and a short video highlighting their mission and success stories. Jackie and volunteers who want to share some wonderful success Reading Glass Project stories have provided all pictures in this post!