New Delhi, 22nd August, 2016: Lenskart, India’s fastest growing eyewear company and Samarpan Foundation, a charitable not-for-profit entity joined hands for a unique initiative of conducting a series of eye check ups for Tihar Jail inmates.
The camp organized on August 17, 2016 which will continue with a series of six camps covering six jails of Tihar. One camp will be organized each month. The first camp witnessed participation of 150+ inmates. The initiative is targeted to provide free screening to approximately 1500 inmates over the course of six months.
Speaking about the initiative, Peyush Bansal, Founder and CEO, Lenskart said, “1/3rd of our population needs glasses but doesn’t have access to them, making us the blind capital of the world with over 15 million blind people. Our aim is to make eye wear accessible to every Indian. To fulfil this, it is important for us to make it accessible to people who are either unaware of their eye care needs or ignore it. We are happy to join hands with Samarpan Foundation for this noble cause of providing professional screening to the inmates of Tihar Jail. We sincerely hope we will be able to help provide inmates with precise and accurate eye vision”. He further added “We will continue to invest in such initiatives to ensure that eye care becomes accessible to each every individual in the country”.
Mr. Patrick Sanfrancesco, Founder of Samarpan Foundation shared,” The laws of man say justice and punishment. The laws of God say forgiveness and mercy. We believe that “If you judge them, you have no time to love them.” Samarpan Foundation is a community of outward-focused volunteers, guided by the principle of doing what needs to be done to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number. We work, not for the inmates, but with them.
Eye camp came forth to us as one of the few ways with which lives can be changed. We took this opportunity and tied up with Lens Kart to provide the needed eye check-up along with spectacles to those in need.”
Lenskart, with its special focus on skill development and entrepreneurship development in India, also gets people certified by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). It runs skill development programs across four cities for training people on operating complex machinery required for manufacturing lenses as well as conducting accurate eye exams
Founded in 2010, Lenskart is India’s largest online retailer of premium quality and stylish eyewear, offering over 10,000 different styles to suit all pocket sizes and diverse consumer needs. With a unique click and mortar business model, Lenskart is revolutionizing the eyewear industry by offering disruptive services like Free Home Eye check-up, 3D Try On, Free Home Trial and First Frame Free among others. Through innovative technology and a deep focus on consumer satisfaction, Lenskart has grown more than 200% year on year in the last 2 years, to be among the top 3 optical businesses in India. With a rapidly growing employee strength of more than 900, Lenskart is present in over 100 stores across more than 66 cities in India. Lenskart has been funded by three venture capitalists till date, namely IDG Ventures ($4 million in October 2011) and Ronnie Screwvala-led Unilazer Ventures ($10 million in February 2013) and TPG Growth & TR Capital ($22 million in January 2015).