Desire’s Journey to Sight

Desire wearing an eye bandage, sat with his wife who is smiling

Desire, a devoted father of four, dreams of providing for his family and seeing his children’s faces clearly for the first time.

Thanks to CBM supporters, on 19th September Desire had successful cataract surgery. A simple 45-minute operation has not only restored his sight, but his dreams too.

Imagine the joy of seeing your child’s face after living in darkness for 28 years?

Thank you for helping Desire to achieve his dreams. There are so many other fathers, like him, who need the same miracle.

Please give what you can today.

Watch the moment Desire has his bandages off and sees his children clearly for the first time.

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Desire’s story

Desire is a devoted Dad of four who lives with his fiancée, children and widowed mother in rural Cameroon, West Africa. But cataracts left Desire almost completely blind – and it’s hard build a secure future for your family if you can barely see.

After leaving school, Desire moved to Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé to train as a carpenter. But his failing sight forced him to abandon this dream and he returned home to work on his family’s plot of land.

Even farming became more difficult. Every day Desire would leave his small mud-brick home at dawn to tend the crops. But once the sun comes up, he had to return home as he couldn’t see anything in the bright African sunlight.

Desire could not even read his precious Bible – he relied on his wife to read God’s word to him. Cataracts not only stole his sight, but his joy too.

Witness a miracle

After living with blindness for 28 years, Desire met an outreach worker from our partner hospital in Cameroon, who told him, thanks to CBM supporters, he could access free treatment to restore his sight.

After living in the shadow of cataracts for years, the day Desire dreamed of had finally arrived, when Dr Nkumbe carefully removed his eye patches.

Desire slowly opened his eyes and a huge smile spread across his face as he saw his wife clearly for the first time. He took his family bible from by his bed and began to read and said, “Thank God, God is great”.

It is generous supporters like you, who have helped make this miracle possible.

You enable the world’s poorest people to get life-changing surgery when, like Desire, the cost would be far out of reach.

And you help fund the training of local skilled surgeons, like Dr Nkumbe who operated on Desire, as well as specialist nurses and outreach workers who work together to ensure people who need medical care get help.

Thank you for helping Desire to achieve his dreams.

Desire standing with a nurse and his wife after surgery.

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