HIS Vision

Why Eye Care?

The reasons behind Humbly I Serve’s mission to reach people through the gift of vision


We could dig deep into all the facts and statistics about visual impairment to describe why Humbly I Serve uses eye care to reach out to those in need. Statistics are great; they give us the ‘big picture’. They can provide those “WOW!” moments when used to shock a crowd. However, the problem with statistics is that, over time, those numbers become devalued to exactly that – just numbers. Although each number represents a beautiful and unique human life, it is difficult to recognize the immense value of that life in a statement such as, “An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired” (who.int). While that shocks a crowd, it can be discouraging. 19 million is a daunting number. How do you begin to help all those children?

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The wonderful thing about Humbly I Serve ministries, particularly the HIS Vision project, is their love and concern for each individual bleeds into all aspects of society, specifically Haiti. Eye care may seem like one simple task, however, it is much bigger than that. The reality is that through the gift of vision and a sustainable eye clinic, Haiti’s need for education and a healthy economy can begin to be fulfilled.

One of our many memorable stories is of a young boy named Stanley* who was the son of the principal at a local Haitian school. Workers at our clinic went into the school to do a free screening and were introduced to Stanley. He was unable to study because of his poor vision, but our clinic workers were able to give him a complete checkup and a free pair of eyeglasses. Stanley’s improvement in school is just one of the many reasons why we love what we do.

What we need to understand is that eye care, education, and poverty are all interconnected. Poor eye health contributes greatly to poverty, leaving many others unable to receive proper education or uphold a job. Which then turns back towards poverty. It is a Catch 22 that many cannot escape without the help and commitment of others willing to step in to aid in this terminal situation. The HIS Vision Project is stepping in to stop the cycle.

Through our eye clinic in Cap Haitian, Haiti, officially opened May 2014, HIS Vision is battling both poor education and poverty through the gift of vision. According to American Optometric Association, roughly 80 percent of learning is done visually. You can imagine how much of an impact vision has on a student’s education. It is a ripple effect; if the student sees better with a pair of glasses, he can focus better in school, while avoiding delinquency and having a better chance of landing a job and making money.

“Poverty is a direct barrier to education. Approximately half the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day and many are too busy struggling to survive to consider education a priority” (SOURCE). Haiti is included in that $2 a day spectrum. The HIS Vision project goes beyond helping people be able to see and grant them access to eye care. We are investing in the socioeconomic growth of Haiti through the eye clinic. By both treating the locals and offering an eye care education program for them, we are creating a sustaining business model that can give Haitians the tools and education needed to build up their economy. The goal is not to provide a bandaid for the problem. HIS Vision wants to help make the future of Haiti a better place to be, and the first step is eye care.

According to Uniteforsight.org, “Poverty and blindness are believed to be intimately linked, with poverty predisposing to blindness, and blindness exacerbating poverty by limiting employment opportunities, or by incurring treatment cost… Thus, it is evident that disabilities such as blindness may not only be a result of living in poverty, but also may lead an individual or family to become impoverished. ‘Sadly, disability is both caused by poverty and causes poverty.’”

Although it may seem impossible to reverse the effects of poverty in an entire country of 10 million people, we believe that anything is possible with God on our side. The team at Humbly I Serve ministries continues to look forward and dream big!

If you would like to learn more about what we are doing throughout our local area in Virginia, please visit our previous blog, HIS Vision Project Reaches Locals Through Sponsor Sight Program.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

*Name changed for confidentiality purposes

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Trips with Student VOSH

Trips with Student VOSH

The Student VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) groups are excited and willing to come on board to support the HIS Vision Project as we continue through this transitional process into our new clinic! We are looking for licensed Opticians to come alongside to help teach them the profession. These VOSH students are currently planning trips for November and December of 2014, and need Optometrists who are willing to raise their funds and make a difference not only in the lives of these students, but especially to the people of Haiti. The people of Haiti are in dire need of proper vision care, which can drastically alter their way of life.

-Melinda Wilson, ABOC

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Third Annual Golf Tournament

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We are thrilled to announce HIS Vision’s Third Annual Golf Tournament, to take place September 26, 2014!

This is an exciting time for Humbly I Serve and the HIS Vision Project, as we embrace the local community, as well as our neighbors among the nations. All proceeds of this event will go towards providing eye care to those in need as a means for education and to eradicate poverty.

The tournament will take place at Ivy Hill Golf Course in Forest, VA. Tee time will be at 12:30 pm following lunch at 11:30 am. Cost is $75 per person, or $300 per team of four.

HIS Vision is a project of Humbly I Serve that is dedicated to helping children and young adults see a brighter future through eye examinations, medical treatment, and prescription glasses.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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One Small, Crucial Step

One Small, Crucial Step

It is so great to see the progress that has been made, since the first talks of opening an eye clinic in Haiti, to it becoming a reality. As we start operations, another need presents itself, and that is the funding of salaries for the five members who will be working in the clinic for the first six months. The total amount needed is $25,000, which will pay the wages for the employees for these starting months until the clinic becomes self-sustaining. This is but one small step in delivering the crucial care that these Haitians need more than ever. Join us as we help change the lives of these people.

Donate today!

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A Call to Train Young Professionals

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God’s ability to provide has been a blessing and comfort as things have progressed with the eye clinic in Haiti, and we look forward to what he has next in store for us at HIS Vision. Another need that has arisen is to be able to teach and train future Opticians at the clinic in Haiti. We are looking for licensed Opticians to come alongside these trainees and teach them the profession. The trips can be broken up into short-term trips, and would meet a major necessitate for getting this clinic on its feet, and allowing the people of Haiti to become self-sustaining.

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Vision has arrived!

Vision has arrived!

We are very happy to announce that the grand opening of our eye clinic in Cap Hatien, Haiti will be taking place May 17th!

The eye clinic will offer the following services to Haitians:

-Eye exams for all ages
-Treatment of a wide variety of eye diseases and infections
-Treatment of eye injuries
Currently, Haiti only has two practicing eye care providers, which is hardly enough to meet the needs of a population of 2 million people. As our eye clinic continues to grow, it will be able to bring many more services to Haitians. Our next step will be to implement a ophthalmic training program in which the Haitian people can earn a certification. This will ultimately bring employment opportunities and a better future to Haiti.

We have exciting opportunities ahead of us, but we can’t make it happen without your help. Donate today and help us continue to bring Haiti a better vision!

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Make Vision Care a Reality

Make Vision Care a Reality

Did you know that in Haiti, a nation of approximately 10 million people, there is roughly one eye doctor for every 200,000 people, where as the United States has one for every 6,000 people? And most of these doctors are near the Haitian capital, which leaves many who cannot travel without a means of seeking the help they need, which can aid these people in escaping a life of poverty and just allowing them to live a more productive life.

Most of the eye health problems that Haitians suffer with are curable diseases, that with proper care, these people could live normal lives. Imagine getting hit in the eye with a branch, or sustaining what we may call a minor injury. Most people in the United States could just go and see an eye doctor. But in Haiti, not having eye care readily available, a minor problem can quickly turn into a huge issue. Help us in being part of this change, and make vision care for all the people in Haiti a reality.

Donate today!

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Small Needs for a Big Cause

Small Needs for a Big Cause

We are relieved to finally have all of our equipment shipped over to the clinic in Haiti! It has been a long process, but God has been so good in bringing all the little details together. We are so grateful for those who have generously donated and contributed to the cause that this clinic stands for. There are just a few more needs before the clinic can be fully operational:

-Edger
-Visual Field Machine
-Stock Lenses

Help make vision possible. Consider giving today!

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HIS Vision Trips

HIS Vision Trips

All of us at HIS Vision are thrilled to see the progress of our eye clinic, as God has really paved the way to make sure His people in Haiti are being taken care of. With our celebration of the clinic Grand Opening in May, we are looking for two Optometrists to join us on one of our trips coming up in 2014 in order to continue the success of the clinic.

The first trip is October 6-15, and the following is in November with FCO, an optometric student group. We also host several customizable trips throughout the year for groups, and are in need for professional optometrists to go along with students on these trips. If not for the volunteers and support that God has so graciously provided, this clinic in Haiti would still be in the planning, and not the reality that it is today.

-Melinda Wilson, ABOC

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Exciting News!

Exciting News!

We are pleased to announce our newest project, Caribbean Service Corps (CSC). This service opportunity focuses on giving sight to the physically and spiritually blind through several short term and long term positions in Haiti and St. Thomas.

CSC is a new program for those looking to be interns/apprentices, journeymen, and servant leaders in either Haiti or St. Thomas. Positions include working in the eye clinic, health promotions, social media, film/video, finance, children’s ministry programs, sports ministry, maintenance, optometry, ophthalmic technicians, and administrative support in a Bible college. These roles are essential to the overall mission of the HIS Vision Project to eradicate needless blindness and visual impairment worldwide.

If you are interested in getting involved with Caribbean Service Corps in any way, click here and tell us how you’d like to get involved. The Lord can use your skills and passions in ways you could never imagine!