An Overseas Project: bringing eye care to Sierra Leone

In Africa, the ratio of Optometrists to people is approximately 1: 8 million. In Sierra Leone alone, there is just one Optometrist in the entire country of 7 million people. However, thanks to our charity Beyond Bayfields, there are now two.

Beyond Bayfields was founded to help raise awareness about the importance of eye health on a global scale, and as a result, help those in need. At Bayfields Opticians we believe that everyone should be able to live their lives without vision-related obstacles.

As part of this project, Bayfields supported Ninimba Lebbie of Sierra Leone through his studies at Amity University and he is now back in his home country helping thousands of people to improve their lives by providing them with the quality eye care they deserve.

Sierra Leone has endured many turbulent years including a decade-long civil war, and an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Because of the impact of this, eye health had become a low priority for Sierra Leone’s government, but thanks to the efforts made by people like Ninimba, more people are finally receiving the care they need to help detect, treat and prevent sight issues and illnesses.

Ninimba’s life has also changed dramatically as a result of Bayfields’ help. Unable to afford the education he needed to pursue his dream of becoming an Optometrist after the loss of his mother, he found the support he needed through the organisation. Upon graduating Ninimba said “I am forever grateful for the opportunity you provided in making my dream of becoming an Optometrist a reality. The support through these two years of my studies has been invaluable because without it I would never have made it this far.”

Bayfields aim to continue sponsoring the education of more Optometrists in countries like Sierra Leone and would like to thank all those who have supported the cause so far.

Beyond Bayfields is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and with your help, we will do whatever it takes to improve eye care around the world. To donate, please ask for more information in your local Bayfields practice.

Recent UK Projects: spreading the eye care word

We have sought to educate our clients’ understanding of eye care, so that they can better appreciate the significance of vision. As part of this, we have been working with local schools to raise awareness of the importance of early eye tests, and the impact vision can have on learning and development. 
A Bayfields Clinical Development Manager educating children on the importance of eye care

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