Inmate Program Sees Eyeglasses Delivered to Haiti

Inmates at the Bishop's Falls Correctional Centre have launched a program to help people in Haiti.

In 2015, with the support of the Lions Club, RCMP and Armour Transportation, the Bishop's Falls Correctional Centre Eye Glass Program began.

The program consists of inmates sorting and processing donated eyeglasses.

Over the last three years, inmates of the Bishop's Falls Correctional Centre have processed almost 250,000 pairs of donated glasses.

In addition to providing eyeglasses free of charge to inmates at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, the West Coast Correctional Centre and the Newfoundland and Labrador Correctional Centre for Women, a 2016 project with the Lions Club saw glasses delivered to Nicaragua.

More recently, the program partnered with Team Broken Earth to send glasses to Haiti, an area in desperate need of eye care. Locally, free clinics have been offered through Choices for Youth, The Gathering Place and Association for New Canadians.