cataract surgery could change this family's life

This Easter, give new life through sight-restoring surgery

“When I go to the garden, all I see is fog. I just crawl to see what I am doing … But I have grandchildren to feed. I am all they have”.

Lovinsa’s three grandchildren rely on her for food, shelter and to pay for their schooling. But it’s hard to tend the land when you can barely see. For a grandmother like Lovinsa – and for her grandchildren – sight-restoring cataract surgery is truly life-changing.

"I am all they have"

75 year old Lovinsa lives in a small mud hut in a village in Uganda, East Africa, with her three grandchildren. Of her 10 children, Lovinsa has outlived all but three. One of her sons has a serious health condition, meaning that three of Lovinsa’s grandchildren have no-one but her to look after them.Lovinsa love to garden and needs to provide for her grandchildren

But over the past few years, Lovinsa has become blind in both eyes from cataracts.Now she can barely tell light from dark and has to crawl and feel her way around her small plot of land, to grow vegetables and maize to feed her family.

She had no choice but to continue working, to provide food, shelter and schooling for her three young grandchildren.

Lovinsa prays for her sight to be restored so she can look after her grandchildren:

“I pray to God to keep me alive long enough and to heal this problem of the eyes that I have, so that I can be able to take care of my grandchildren.”

Cataracts can be removed with a simple, sight-restoring operation. But for people like Lovinsa, living in extreme poverty, the cost is far beyond their means. Without surgery they struggle needlessly – and so do their families who depend on them.

Pray for people in the world's poorest places

If you’d like us to share a prayer with people like Lovinsa, please fill in this prayer form and we will share your kind words and encouragement with people living with disabilities in the world’s poorest places.

Bring light into people’s lives this Easter.

Today, you can bring back sight - and new life

This Easter, join CBM supporters all over the world, as we continue the fight against preventable blindness in the world’s poorest places.

Together, we can restore sight and enable people to work, to support their families and to achieve their full potential.

A message from Dr Christine Nabatanzi in Uganda:

My colleagues and I at [CBM-partner] Mengo Eye Hospital see over 200 patients every day. Some people are desperate, because without sight, they cannot continue their daily lives, and their families and even communities are suffering as a result.

But, we have the Easter promise of hope. Chapter 42 of the book of Isiah says: “a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.”

When people come here for eye surgery, it is as if we look after those patients who sometimes seem bruised with their light unable to burn brightly – and by a simple surgery, their sight - and their lives - are restored.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 

John 1:5


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