CBM donors and business owners, Ben and Laura Harrison, understand how frightening it is to have a child with a vision impairment. Their son, Jonas Paul, was born with a rare disorder that caused him to be blind at birth.
With much love, determination and dedication, Ben and Laura explored every option possible to help improve their son’s sight. After numerous surgeries, medications and treatments, Jonas Paul now has low vision.
The experience inspired the Harrison’s to leave their careers to launch Jonas Paul Eyewear, which has a social mission of supporting children with vision impairments who live in developing countries. “Providing treatment options to children who don’t have access to medical care is important to us,” Laura says. “When we were searching for support for Jonas, we felt so helpless and we had amazing doctors just two hours from us. Ben and I can’t imagine the lifelong burden parents must feel when they can’t provide help for their children.”
“God has rewritten our story with Jonas,” Ben says. “But we have faith that really great things get built when life is difficult. And our hope is that Jonas Paul Eyewear can be a vehicle for change, passing along blessings to others who don’t have access to doctors like we did.”
Thanks to the company’s Buy Sight, Give Sight program, which partners with CBM and two other non-profit organizations, Ben and Laura have been able to impact more than 22,588 children and families in the world’s poorest countries by providing eye tests, glasses, sight-saving Vitamin A supplements and preventative medicine for river blindness.
“Ben and Laura’s faithful generosity to CBM is immeasurable,” says Caryl García, CEO of CBM-US. “One out of every two children who goes blind in a developing country dies. So the Harrison’s are not only providing eyesight to children, they are saving lives and providing hopeful futures. We are so incredibly blessed to have their support.”