“Giving is a major blessing.” Project Vision, endorsed by the Chinese Government, is a new sustainable medical relief project targeting at eliminating unnecessary blindness in China. PV plans to establish 100 charity eye centers in poverty-stricken regions of China over a ten-year period (2006-2015). The first charity eye center was established in 2007 and a total of 5 centers are in operation at the moment.
“Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats forever.” The key feature of Project Vision is providing intensive training to the local medical team so as to build a self-sufficient “permanent medical team” in providing sustainable quality eye care services. For those who cannot afford to pay, PV provide the sight-restoring surgery free. For those who can afford, PV charges them at cost.
Project Vision started with cataract surgery but will expand to provide comprehensive eye services over a 5-year period. Each charity eye center will perform at least 1,000 cataract surgeries per year. When the plan is fully realized, from cataract surgery alone, Project Vision can help restore vision to 100,000 blind countrymen every year.