Sightsavers changes lives around the world by preventing avoidable blindness and restoring sight. Thanks to generous donations from people like you, we’re close to eliminating river blindness in Uganda. But there are still more than 1.5 million people at risk this summer.
River blindness is a horrific disease that caused Ayenyo (pictured above left) years of itching and pain. Hordes of parasitic worms had been breeding and multiplying under her skin, eventually travelling up to her eyes and causing permanent sight loss.
This vile disease doesn’t just inflict pain and suffering on the person who is infected. It can have shattering consequences for the entire family, as Ayenyo’s daughter, Lawino (pictured above right), found out.
Lawino was just a child when Ayenyo started to lose her sight. And as Anyenyo could no longer care for herself or her family, it fell on young Lawino’s shoulders to drop out of school and care for her mother full time – giving up her education, and with it, her dream of becoming a nurse.
It’s devastating that it’s too late for Ayenyo and Lawino. But it’s not too late to help Ayenyo’s two grandchildren, Adoc and Obali (pictured below). With your help we can distribute treatment to remote communities across Uganda, like Ayenyo’s, and protect future generations from the horrors of river blindness. But we need your help now.
Will you donate today to keep more children like Adoc and Obali safe from river blindness?
The gallery below shows how, with your help, we’re aiming for elimination in Uganda.