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You can help us break the cycle of poverty, enabling people to support themselves and their families for generations to come. Find out more about how you can support our work.

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Find out how we can help you achieve your philanthropy goals.

United Kingdom
+44 (0)1444 227430
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Republic of Ireland
+353 (0)1 271 0238
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Middle East
+971 (0)4 372 4580
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Restoring sight is an extremely effective way of tackling poverty head-on. A major gift can significantly transform an entire community.

In 2016, Sightsavers performed over 260,000 cataract operations and provided more than 152 million treatments to protect people from blinding diseases such as trachoma and river blindness. We have ambitious plans for the future – and your support can help us achieve them.

Our work relies on the generous support of the public. Your support will have a huge impact: it could ensure blind children get the education they deserve, or could restore the sight of those who thought they would never see again. Your gift will help lift people out of the cycle of blindness and poverty.

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Read more about Sightsavers

Learn more about how we’re run by reading our information highlighting the emphasis we place on good governance, effective spending and transparency.

In return for your support

Becoming a Sightsavers supporter means you’ll receive all this:

  • A dedicated contact to keep you updated on the impact your gifts are making
  • The chance to visit one of our life-changing projects you’re significantly supporting to see the difference you’re making
  • Tailored communication with you to meet your individual needs
  • Invitations to exclusive events to hear more about our work from Sightsavers experts and field staff, such as our Out of Sight, Out of Mind event in 2016
  • Opportunities to match your donation and make it go even further
  • Reassurance that your support is tremendously valued and we won’t jeopardise it. We don’t sell or share your data and promise we never will.
It’s incredibly satisfying to know the number of cataract surgeries we’ve supported and the changes we’ve helped make
Michael and Suzy

The difference your gift could make

An older man in Zambia has his eyes examined by a doctor, who holds one of his eyes open and shines a light into it.

$6,000

Could train an ophthalmologist to gain their initial professional qualification. Training ophthalmologists in-country creates sustainable health systems for local communities.

Surgical staff perform a cataract operation.

$50,000

Could pay for 1,000 life-changing cataract operations for adults. This figure includes the cost of operating equipment, surgical instruments and staff expenses.

Women carry containers of water on their heads as they return from a river in the village of Garamach in Kaduna, Nigeria.

$100,000

Could protect more than 1.4 million people from preventable river blindness by distributing the drug Mectizan® to remote and isolated communities across Africa.

Ways to give

  • A single or one-off gift would be transformative and make a huge difference to our work, or you can set up a regular donation and help us plan for the future.
  • Give through shares: if you’re considering donating shares to Sightsavers and want to find out more, contact our UK office by emailing [email protected] or calling +44 (0)1444 277 430.
  • Donate through your charitable trust or foundation: if you’d like to find out how your trust or foundation could support our work, contact Jim Nichols on [email protected] or call +44 (0)1444 446 658. For international queries, contact Julia Strong on [email protected] or call +44 (0)1444 446 703.
Our major donors are vital to us. By working together, your philanthropy can transform the lives of so many people.
Dr Caroline Harper CBE, Chief Executive
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Muslima’s story is one of many

Muslima lives in Bangladesh, and was born with cataracts. Her vision was deteriorating and had started to affect every part of her life. Our photo story shows how Sightsavers stepped in to help.

More about Sightsavers

A young boy reads after having sight restoring surgery.

Annual reports

Each year Sightsavers publishes a full annual report, including detailed financial statements that lay out our income and expenditure for the year.

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How we’re run

Everything we do is geared towards our vision of a world where avoidable blindness is eliminated. To achieve this, we aim to be as efficient as possible.

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Accountability and transparency

We are committed to being accountable to supporters and beneficiaries. You find out about our expenditure and policies here.

We promise to put our beneficiaries first

Our fundraising promise