Welcome to your first issue of Focus for 2024: get ready to be inspired! In these uncertain and often difficult times, you are saving sight, transforming people’s lives and supporting the changes we need to build a fairer, more equal world.
One of the things I love most about Sightsavers is that it empowers people, whether it’s a person having their sight restored through cataract surgery, a community being freed from blinding trachoma, or a student seeing the chalkboard at school after receiving a free pair of glasses. The results are amazing to see: in my view, this is what sustainability is about.
Sightsavers focuses on the human being, irrespective of their gender, race or disability. I think it’s a very important thing. You’ll find lots of examples on these pages, and I hope you’ll keep giving us your wonderful support. Thank you.
My very best wishes,
Sightsavers regional director for West Africa
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The Netflix film ‘Can You See Us?’ is about Sightsavers’ campaign ambassador John Chiti and aims to change how people think about albinism.
Based on John’s life, the film raises awareness of the challenges people with albinism experience across Africa, such as social stigma and alienation.
Watch the trailer or learn more about the film.