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Life’s not fair. It’s a lesson we all learn at some point – for most of us, it has to do with someone getting a bigger piece of cake, or jumping the queue at the Post Office. But the people Sightsavers helps really know how unfair life is, because they’re on the receiving end of circumstances so imbalanced they’re almost incomprehensible.

Going blind from a preventable disease isn’t fair. Being denied the chance to go to school because you’re blind isn’t fair. Living in constant pain from a disease that was wiped out in the UK decades ago isn’t fair.

At the centre of our campaigning work is the desire to make the world more fair. What we do to bring about long-term change – making health systems stronger, educating communities and fighting for people with disabilities to be treated equally – can be hard to talk about in an exciting way (it’s not easy to get worked up at the idea of an academic paper on an obscure area of health governance, unless you wrote it), but it can have an amazing impact as it filters down from government level to one person’s life.

A groups of children with their arms in the air, pictured from above.

The work we do at government level goes beyond one operation for one child. It leads to real and lasting change for countless children, and for future generations.

You can be part of this long-term change. Join our Put Us in the Picture campaign and together, we can change the world!

Put Us in the Picture

Our campaign calls on the international community to make sure people with disabilities are included in global aid. You can get involved by signing petitions, writing to your MP, sharing stories and signing up for campaign updates.
Find out more about Put Us in the Picture


Rahel Kasaw after her trachoma operation in Ethiopia.

“I feel I am equal to my classmates now”


Flash Odiwuor.

“Sightsavers helped me to go back to school”


“A Facebook message saved our son’s sight”


“I volunteer so I can help my community”




15-year-old Jenneh, who is blind, outside her school building in the Bo district of Sierra Leone.

Children with disabilities in Sierra Leone given the chance to go to school

15 August 2017

A new Sightsavers project, in the northern Bombali district, will particularly focus on girls with disabilities to ensure they receive an education. Continue reading

Rosalind Jones sits in her home beside a photo of her brother, plus newspaper clippings about the plane crash.

Proceeds from air crash book to be donated to Sightsavers

14 August 2017

An author whose brother died in a plane crash in Norway in 1961 has written a book to investigate the tragedy, with royalties donated to charities including Sightsavers. Continue reading

Five children dressed up as celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Ella Eyre, Michael Caine, Liam Gallagher and Lewis Hamilton.

Kids step into their idols’ shoes for Specs Appeal

08 August 2017

Five children were given the chance to become a celebrity for the day, and were snapped by photographer Rankin for Sightsavers’ Specs Appeal. Continue reading

Global blindness set to triple by 2050

03 August 2017

Sightsavers has pledged to continue to tackle avoidable blindness after research revealed the number of blind people across the world is set to soar. Continue reading


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uk-aid-with-borderSightsavers is one of only nine charities given a ‘high performance’ rating by the UK Department for International Development as part of a 2012 Independent Performance Review of their Programme Partnership Arrangement. Find out more.

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