Phát âm chuẩn cùng VOA – Anh ngữ đặc biệt: Sri Lankan-American Gives Back to Her Home Country (VOA)

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Ashanthi Mathai came to the United States from Sri Lanka in the early 1990s. She went to Princeton University in New Jersey and got a degree in chemical engineering. Then she went to Stanford Business School in California. After that she began her career in the health care industry. Four years ago, Ashanthi Mathai was visiting Sri Lanka for her job. Someone asked her if she would collect used eye glasses in the United States for a Sri Lankan program on preventing blindness. She learned that many people in the country have vision problems that go untreated because of the high cost of eye care services. But instead of recycling used glasses, Ms. Mathai founded So Others May See or SOMS. The non-profit company helps Sri Lankans who need eye-care. To date, SOMS has helped about 24,000 adults with eye exams and new eye glasses. SOMS also partners with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health to provide free eye care for children. One program goes to schools across Sri Lanka to carry out eye examinations. The service has examined 900,000 students so far. Ashanti Mathai says there is still more that needs to be done. She says she wants her SOMS to treat more complex cases and to help prevent vision problems. She says she wants to include people who may not be very poor but who still cannot pay for glasses. Ms. Mathai has used reading glasses from an early age. That poor eyesight has given her clearer insight on a world where everyone can see.

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