Mai-Mai is the provinicial head of ophthalmology in Nampula, Mozambique. Thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we have been able to train eye health workers like Mai Mai who carry out initial screening camps for eye conditions in the community and then refer people for treatment.
Mai-Mai is able to travel to hospital with the patients and is often there for the moment their bandages are removed after cataract surgery. He says: “To see people seeing their family again… The smile that they bring to me is an enormous joy.”
“Be true, honest and loving. When a father respects his family, he inspires respect and makes children of character and personality.”
“Being a father is an honour. Being able to accompany, assist, help and teach a child on the path they must walk is rewarding.”
“I have three children: one girl and two boys. When I’m away from them because of my job, every day I talk to them by the hour. I set aside the time for them every day. In short, wherever your treasure is, there is your heart.”
“The most important thing is to teach the truth, educate, teach respect and honesty.”
“I like to travel with them, have lunch or dinner together and tell anecdotes.”
“The eye health project I work on has been going for more than 10 years restoring sight for people in need, supporting infrastructures as well as the development of human resources. Currently, eye health services are located all over the province. Thanks to this project, we are increasingly controlling the dynamics of services and are committed to providing services to people with disabilities as well as women, who rarely benefit from this. We help to equip health facilities with ophthalmic services, and we have community health workers trained to help deliver eye health services.”
“The important thing is when people see again! They can once again do what they used to do; they no longer depend on anyone. They can easily go to school and work. They are no longer discriminated against in the community because of the disability.”
“I thank the players for the support they have given to the project to help us achieve our objectives and carry out eye health activities. This support has really helped our beneficiaries.”
Abdul is a teacher at a secondary school in Rokula in Sierra Leone. He’s one of the 180 teachers across 45 schools in the country trained by Sightsavers to become ‘inclusion champions’, to ensure children with disabilities are able to go to school and learn alongside their peers.
Abdul tells us this project is having a dramatic impact on the lives of children with disabilities. He explains that the children now “feel at home, they feel included, they are free, they don’t feel stigmatised, they interact with others. Before, they always shied away from others.”