Making a difference

The gift of sight is arguably our most precious sense and yet millions of people worldwide are effectively blind through a simple lack of spectacles.

Morgan-Owen & Coates enthusiastically supports the work of the pioneering eye care charity Vision Aid Overseas in addressing this desperate need.

How long would you wait for an eye test?

Millions of people all round the world do not have access to any eyecare.

Spectacle Collection

By collecting your old spectacles we can recycle them to raise funds for use in Africa. Every year Graham Coates volunteers his time and expertise to

help on one of the overseas projectsHe is always happy to provide further information and help with fundraising for this life changing charity.

Life Stories

Click on the following images and scroll through the stories to gain an insight into the work of VAO. 

FATIMATA KEITA Nurse and Ebola survivor

Fatimata is a maternal and child health nurse aid, based at Kailahun Government Hospital, in the eastern province of Sierra Leone.

MOMOH FORAY Reporter and radio presenter

Momoh is a reporter and radio broadcaster for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation, based at Kailahun, in the east province.

PATRICIA TARAWALLY Optometric technician

Vision Aid Overseas sponsored Patricia to carry out a one year training course in the Gambia.

PATRICK TANBA Tailor

Patrick Tanba has been struggling as a Tailor for many years, simply because his close vision focusing has been diminishing. Seeing the tape measure, threading the needle and cutting cloth have all become extremely hard to judge.

Photo images from my trips

Click on the images below to see photos of Graham’s most recent trips, the latest being to the Kenema region of Sierra Leone, in February 2017.

SIERRA LEONE 2017

Kailahun

ZAMBIA 2016

Livingstone

ETHIOPIA 2015

Gondar

ZAMBIA 2014

Ndola

ZAMBIA 2013

Livingstone

UGANDA 2012

Gulu

ZAMBIA 2010 & 2011

Kabwe and Mansa

PHILIPPINES 2009

Naga

ETHIOPIA 2009

Gondar

BURKINA FASO 2007

Kaya

GHANA 2006

Accra

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