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Help someone like Lena this Easter and your gift will be DOUBLED

Lena smiling to camera

Give before 28th April and every £1 will be DOUBLED

Help someone like Lena this Easter and your gift will be DOUBLED

Give before 28th April and every £1 will be DOUBLED

Light Up Lives

"All I do is long for the old days where I was independent." Lena did everything she could to feed, clothe and educate her children. Until cataracts completely blinded her.

Every day, people like Lena living in the world’s poorest places become needlessly blind.

Cataracts are the world's leading cause of blindness, but can be treated with an operation costing as little as £24 and taking just 15 minutes.

But for millions of people living in poverty, treatment is simply out of reach. Nobody should become blind just because they are poor.

You can bring new sight and hope to people like Lena this Easter - and your gift will be DOUBLED.

Every £1 donated to the Light Up Lives appeal will be matched, helping you reach twice as many people.

Please make an Easter gift which will be DOUBLED, today.
Thank you.

Lena told us what it was like living with blindness compared to her life before.

"I miss doing my own work from farming, gardening, sewing and knitting. It really hurts me to know that I can’t sew my children’s undone hems anymore.

"I now spend my days seated. All I do is long for the old days where I was independent."

Watch Lena's Story

Lena lives in rural Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. She has seven children, and up until recently, worked hard to provide for them. Farming maize and cotton is back-breaking work, but Lena would also knit and sew clothes, as well as make clay pots to sell.

But that all had to change when cataracts covered her eyes. She became dependent on friends, neighbours and her church to provide her with everything. And for her children, not only have they had to become their Mum's caregiver, but they have lost so many things she used to be able to provide for them.

Whole families are impacted by blindness, and entire families are transformed when sight is restored. For families like Lena’s, your donation means the chance to lift themselves out of acute poverty. 

Lena is desperate to be able to work again – to support herself and her family, to get around independently and see the faces of her loved ones again.

This Easter, you can bring new life by restoring sight. So please, if you can, make a gift to Light up Lives and transform whole families this Easter.

For every £1 you donate before Thursday 28th April 2022, a group of generous funders will match your donation to support sight-saving work in Nigeria & Zimbabwe and other programmes supporting people living in poverty up to £100,000.


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