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What we want

We want avoidable blindness to be eliminated. We want equality for people with disabilities.

What we do

We help blind people to see again, and prevent people from going blind wherever we can. We improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly those who have permanent sight loss.

We need to change the lives of people at risk of sight loss for the long term, not just today. So we campaign to make the world a fairer place for people with disabilities and we tackle the underlying causes of avoidable blindness.

For more in depth information about our work and current projects, visit our policy and research pages

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Preventing blindness

Every year, we support our partners to carry out millions of eye examinations and refer people for treatment to prevent blindness and restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, we enable the distribution of medication to prevent blinding diseases. We fund operations for people who need them, and train eye care workers and surgeons.

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Supporting equality

We work with partners to train specialist teaching staff; supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools; and educate communities to reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Because of Sightsavers, people who are visually impaired or have other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

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Campaigning for change

We work with national governments, strengthening systems that tackle the problems at the root of avoidable blindness – the sorts of things most of us take for granted, like access to clean water, sanitation facilities and education. We make changes for the long term, and help change systems from the inside to ensure support continues to be given to the people who need it.

Stories

Jenneh Collier stands smiling outside a school building.

“When I leave school I want to be a teacher

Jenneh – two years on!

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“Without education we are nothing”

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Emmanuel smiling

"I can work, socialise and earn a living"

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A close up of 6 year old Majidul.

Majidul as seen on BBC's 'Forces of Nature'

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News

An image of Ringo Starr's glasses that were sold in the celebrity auction.

Huge success for Specs Appeal auction

06 December 2016

Our celebrity eBay auction, offering bidders the opportunity to bid on hundreds of pairs of glasses and sunglasses once owned by celebrities, has come to an end after 10 days. Continue reading

Young woman sitting in classroom with students.

Sightsavers welcomes DFID commitment to leadership in disability inclusion

01 December 2016

Sightsavers has welcomed the commitments made by the UK government in two major reviews setting out its priorities for international development. Continue reading

Image showing a photo of Kate Moss and glasses donated to Specs Appeal, a celebrity eBay auction for Sightsavers.

Specs Appeal – celebrity eBay auction

21 November 2016

If you've ever dreamed of owning something belonging to your favourite star, you could be in luck with Specs Appeal, a celebrity eBay auction stocked with donations from some of the world's most famous faces. Continue reading

Children playing in a field, highilghting Sightsavers deworming work recognised by GiveWell selection as charity of choice

GiveWell names Sightsavers ‘top charity’

29 November 2016

Sightsavers is proud to have been named as one of seven “top charities” by charity evaluator GiveWell for our work on treating children for parasitic infections, a process also known as deworming. Continue reading

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91%

goes on vital charity work

9%

goes on growing awareness and our funding

uk-aid-with-borderSightsavers is one of only nine charities given a ‘high performance’ rating by the UK Department for International Development as part of a 2012 Independent Performance Review of their Programme Partnership Arrangement. Find out more.

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