Since 1950, Sightsavers has been a leading charity tackling blindness in developing countries. Today, we work in more than 30 countries to protect sight in some of the poorest areas of the world.
We need your help to prevent avoidable blindness and fight for the rights of people with disabilities.
You may have seen one of the children above on TV recently. It can be a difficult watch, but we have to stand up for these children and share their stories with you.
Ismail, Bakir and Enoch had cataracts. These are build-ups of protein in the eye that cause blurry vision. If they’re not treated, cataracts can cause irreversible blindness. For these children and thousands like them, it is a race against time to operate before their sight is lost forever.
Other children, such as Nananga, Pumelo and Rukkaya, suffer from trachoma. This excruciating disease causes the eyelashes to turn inwards and scrape away at the eye’s surface. Many resort to pulling their eyelashes out – even after the disease has caused them to go blind – to help stop the endless pain of blinking.
This is heartbreaking, especially when treatment is straightforward and affordable. By donating to Sightsavers, you could help to provide a cataract operation or protect an entire family or community against diseases like trachoma that cause painful and needless blindness. Donate to Sightsavers today!