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A girl uses a typewriter while wearing a face mask.

“Without education, my future would be more difficult”

Sightsavers project officer Eric Musa visits Marie, who has been blind since birth, to find out how she’s continued her education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Four-year-old Paolo stands smiling in a doorway.

Paolo's story

Paolo's family could not understand why he kept having problems with his eyes. Thankfully, training for a Sightsavers-supported programme was taking place nearby.

Two Two women and a man stand outside a small home in an informal urban settlement.

Hasina feared she wouldn’t see people coming to demolish her home again

Hasina lives in a camp in northern Bangladesh which has been demolished twice. Since developing cataracts, her fears of being homeless again were heightened.

A man stands for a portrait.

Sani Muhammad's Story

Alhaji Sani Muhammad Dan'lya is the acting chairman of Sokoto State's chapter of the Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities. He helps to highlight the importance of disability inclusion within the Ascend West and Central Africa programme.

A man with a physical disability sits outside.

A lightning strike changed Yousub’s life forever

Yousub has come up against decades-long hardships, but with with a sight-saving cataract operation, life is finally looking better. Here, he shares his remarkable story.

Fatuma from Tanzania laughing

Fatuma's story

Fatuma is a grandmother from Ruangwa, Tanzania suffering with advanced trachoma. We follow her journey from near-blindness to the chance to see once again.

Surgeon Kabir wearing face mask on motorbike

Providing trachoma treatment during lockdown in Nigeria

Dozens of people have received vital post-operative treatment for trachoma despite COVID-19 restrictions, thanks to eye surgeon Kabir Yahaya.

A man talks with community members.

James's story

James came to the Kakuma refugee camp in 2015 after fleeing war in South Sudan. He now works for the camp’s eye clinic, where he reassures patients about their treatment.

Rebecca stands with her arms folded outside her accommodation in the Kenyan refugee camp

Rebecca's story

Rebecca from South Sudan, who has advanced trachoma, has been living in a refugee camp in northern Kenya, since 2013.

A man smiling.

Collins' story

Disability activist Collins Ombajo shares his personal story, his work in advocacy and what drives him to be involved in the Inclusive Futures programme.

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