The I Care project arose from Stepping Stones’ English teacher volunteers observing that eye problems among their students – some of them serious – were going untreated mainly due to lack of resources and medical insurance coverage, leading to the future deterioration of the children’s vision.
Stepping Stones’ I Care project provides free eye tests, free treatment, free spectacles and free eye operations to migrant children in Shanghai and Zhejiang province who otherwise would not have access to these services.
Since 2008, with the support of several sponsors, Stepping Stones has partnered with local hospitals to conduct eye screening in more than 20 migrant schools, has screened the eyesight of more than 29,260 students, provided free spectacles to 4,055 students and provided treatment for various eye conditions for 63 students. Additionally, the project raises awareness of eye care issues among parents, children and their local teachers.
The objective of the I Care project is to improve the vision of disadvantaged children in China in order to increase their chance of educational success, through the free provision of essential eye care equipment and services.
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