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We think people with visual impairments should have the chance to live independently and contribute to their communities, just like everyone else. That means access to education, healthcare and training, the chance to earn a living and support their families, and the opportunity to avoid a life of poverty.

Poverty is both a cause and effect of blindness in developing countries – if you’re poor, you’re more likely to contract the diseases that cause sight loss, or be denied access to treatment that can prevent it. And if you’re blind, you’re more likely to be poor.

In many countries, there’s a lot of stigma and often superstition around disability. Some people are ashamed of blind family members, believing them to be useless or even cursed. We want to change these attitudes so people with disabilities are treated with dignity, and are able to live independently and contribute equally.

A girl using specialist equipment to allow her to learn alongside her classmates.

Mwanaisha uses specialist equipment to allow her to learn alongside her classmates.


Working with our partners, we equip schools with the technology and teaching skills to support children with visual impairment to attend lessons with their peers. We support people to live independently, which could mean anything from supplying them with glasses or a white cane to setting up a work placement or teaching them to farm without sight.

Back in our UK headquarterswe make sure the aid and development decisionmakers don’t forget about the rights of people with disabilities. We make ourselves heard at United Nations meetings where future development goals are agreed, doing everything we can to keep disability issues high on the priority list.


Your donations are used not only to prevent blindness and restore sight, but also to make everyday life easier for people who are blind or visually impaired. Sightsavers supporters fund school equipment like Braille kits and reading domes, provide specialist teachers and early childhood programmes, and pay for training and equipment to help people with disabilities live independently. Sightsavers also promotes equality at government level by campaigning for a fairer deal for people with disabilities.
Asiah’s story: ‘I dig, I plant, I move forward’


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”



For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)


goes on vital charity work


goes on growing awareness and our funding

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.


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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