Thomas Rémont
Thomas Rémont | © Martin Aufmuth

Thomas Rémont

The first time I heard about OneDollarGlasses was when I was travelling in Europe by bicycle. As an optician, I knew right away that this was what I wanted to do - travelling to countries to establish sustainable structures where they are most needed, so anyone can have access to affordable glasses. 

Living by Mahatma Gandhi's quote: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world", I was not hesitating a second to go abroad to Burkina Faso when OneDollarGlasses asked me to. 

After just one year here, I have been able to experience so many wonderful and moving moments. The smile on the face of someone who sees through a pair of glasses for the first time in his life or just the impact on a person's life, who now finally has a secure job through our work.

However, there is still a lot to be done in Burkina Faso and in other countries, but step by step we are getting closer to our goal. I'm proud to be a part of it.