By Pervez Saleem
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
Hello! My name is Yash Gupta and I am a senior at Northwood High School in Irvine, CA. Being a student with glasses myself, I knew firsthand the effect that glasses can have, and how hard it is to learn without them. I remember one day I broke my glasses and had to come to school without them. I was sitting at the absolute back of the classroom, and without my glasses I could not see anything, and I learned nothing that day. With more and more technology coming, it is important to have glasses to be able to learn in the classroom. I realized that many other students at my school must have had similar experiences, and then I thought about kids in inner cities. Many of them did not have health insurance so how could they afford to get glasses for themselves. With the economy at a low, it hit me that many people who needed glasses could not have them, and that was affecting their education as a result. I wanted to help people obtain eyeglasses, especially students of all ages, and so I made sightlearning.com a company designed to give sight while promoting education, and helping children and teenagers learn. I thought of this idea in November of 2010, and after working for long hours on a website, I launched Sight Learning in January of 2011. Now going strong for more than 2 years, Sight Learning has impacted thousands of young students around the world, donating over $850,000 worth of eyeglasses and organizing several eye-clinics in various nations.
Sight Learning’s mission is to give the gift of sight to students around the world through eyeglasses and eye exams, to help them perform better in school. Statistics show that not being able to have eyeglasses when you need them can cause as much as a 20% loss in learning, emphasizing the need for students who need eyeglasses to get them. Sight Learning then, has a simple goal of helping students get eyeglasses while promoting education.
Official Presidential Volunteer Service Award Organization
Sight Learning is now recognized as an Official Presidential Volunteer Service Award Organization. Because of this when you volunteer a certain amount of hours for Sight Learning, you could win the Presidential Volunteer Service Award which includes a letter from the president among other accolades. To learn more about the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, visit:
Currently, there are 100 million people in the world who wear eyeglasses on a regular basis to help them with their vision. However, there are nearly 700 million more people who are visually impaired because they cannot afford eyeglasses or contacts, including students in 3rd world countries, inner cities, and even children in urban cities. Out of these 700 million people, 13 million are students who need glasses but cannot afford them.
In developing and third world countries, about 10% of primary school students have poor vision, meaning that they need eyeglasses to see clearly. In a controlled experiment done in the Chinese provinces of Tianzhu and Yongdeng there were 29,190 students of which 3314 had vision problems. A mere 117 had glasses while 3197 did not. 96.5 % did NOT have eyeglasses when they needed them. This visual impairment has a direct effect on the student’s education. Students without glasses and who were visually impaired were 18% more likely to repeat a grade, and a 10% higher probability of repeating school.
Sight Learning strives to receive donations of glasses and give them to students in inner city areas as well as overseas in third world countries. By doing so, we hope to make a difference in their lives, and help their education.
How You Can Help
There are two main ways of donating eyeglasses: at local eyeglass donation drives or by sending them to us donation by mail. After we collect these eyeglasses, we hold eyeglass clinics in inner cities and third world countries to fit these eyeglasses to students who need it. We will also work with organizations such as New Eyes for the Needy, One Sight, HIS vision, Lions Club International, VOSH, and optometrists across America to further expand distribution and especially get it to where people need it the most. The main reason Sight Learning works is because of the support of people like YOU. We appreciate all of your help and support no matter how much help you can provide.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Sight Learning at our email address listed below:
You can also contact the Founder and CEO, Yash Gupta, at his personal email address listed below:
OUR MAILING ADDRESS IS
1 League #60715
Irvine, CA 92602
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