Lions give villagers sight, hearing and health

Poor villagers received small but vital gifts when a woman from Southwater visited them thousands of miles away.

In Sri Lanka Horsham Lions Club member Charmini Anthony delivered spectacles, hearing aids and sugar monitors given by the public.

The spectacles meant that the villagers were instantly able to read in many cases, whereas before they could not afford spectacles.

Charmini first visited a small village called Dhompay. Here the people were very poor and receiving spectacles and monitors will be a great help to them.  Charmini said that after giving thanks for the gifts, the villagers went home very happy.

Some had had cataracts. Fortunately with the aid of used spectacle collections, which are co-ordinated by Chichester Lions Club, additional revenue is raised from the sale of gold content in certain spectacle frames. This money is used to promote Lions Sight activities and this has paid for doctors to visit and carry out cataract operations.

Collecting boxes are available in Horsham opticians, hospital and some surgeries for depositing used spectacles. These are sorted, graded and sent to countries such as Sri Lanka for use after cataract operations.

Next, Charmini visited Negombo Lions and donated sugar monitors,  hearing aids and spectacles to them, followed by a visit to Minuwangoda.

Lions International President, Dr. Jjittsuhiro Yamada was visiting Sri Lanka at the same time and hearing  of the involvement of Horsham Lions helping the poor  in Sri Lanka, asked to meet Lion Charmini who was pleased to present him with a  Horsham Lions Friendship banner at a reception.

Horsham Lions are involved in a wide range of activities and new members are welcome. To find our more phone 0845 833 7629 or email to

Scenes from the visit are pictured.

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