Objective of NSEC
- Make eye health services available and affordable to deprived individuals, families and the overall underserved community through quality outreach and clinic-based treatment.
- Reduce or eliminate preventable blindness so as to improve the socio-economic standings of individuals, families and local community dwellers.
- Rehabilitate those with visual impairment and blindness for productive living.
- Set up a modern and equipped referral eye health center, assist in the initiation and development of research in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other partners.
- Train primary eye health promoters, ophthalmic nurses and Optician for integration into the health care and school systems.
- Engage in other activities geared towards poverty reduction, building capacity, and health services as deemed necessary by the board of directors.
NSEC emerged as a result of a passion for eye health and a strong desire to provide comprehensive eye health services to people living in Liberia. Mr. Robert F. Dolo had the vision to contribute to his society while in Ghana working with an eye health program. He shared his vision with his colleague, Mr. Kartee Karloweah while in Ghana. Robert was always aware that the need for eye health service was greater in Liberia. In 2009, Robert made the decision to voluntarily relinquish his job to return to Liberia and offer this much needed service to his beloved homeland. He reached out to friends within Liberia and abroad to help achieve this vision. He worked hard and tirelessly to make New Sight Eye Center program possible.
The first eye screening activities started with a free outreach program 2009 in Todee, rural Montserrado County, where over three hundred persons were screened and treated. Prior to the establishment of New Sight Eye Center and the first screening program, Mr. Robert F. Dolo provided eye screening free of charge to several government ministries and communities in and outside of Montserrado County from 2007-2009. Facility based eye screening started 2010 in a rented two-bed room apartment within the S. D. Cooper community with (4) four professional staff.
The incorporators organized by Mr. Robert F. Dolo, provided the necessary startup funding to complete all of the documentation. New Sight Eye Center Board of Directors volunteered their expertise to guide the planning and development of the program. Thanks to these three great women, Ms. Karen King, Mrs. Catherine Cameron and Mrs. Dedeh H.F. Jones, who worked tirelessly to see that this vision become a reality. Business plan was developed by Mr. Robert F. Dolo with technical support from Ms. Karen King to seek for funding from Rotary Clubs International Foundation. Initial funding to get the center started was through global grants from several Rotary Clubs in Connecticut, USA, with the Newtown Rotary Club being the lead club.
Grant funds were matched by Rotary International Foundation which was made available in 2011 via equipment. The Sinkor Rotary Club provided oversight to supervise the project.
Furthermore, Mr. Dolo also reached out to numerous friends from as far away as Australia, Canada and the USA, and as close as Monrovia, ranging from physicians to medical researchers to classroom students, several organizations and private family foundations, contributed their quota to make New Sight Eye Center what it is today.
Today, New Sight Eye Center is providing routine quality eye health services to over 10,000 persons annually. It is recognize as one of the premier eye health center in Liberia.