Help Light Up Lives and fund sight-saving treatments in the poorest places of the world

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Give before 20th May 2021 and every £1 you donate to Light up Lives will be doubled by the UK government

Help Light up Lives and fund sight-saving treatments in the poorest places of the world

Give before 20th May 2021 and every £1 you donate to Light up Lives will be doubled by the UK government

Light Up Lives


Every day, people living in the world’s poorest places become needlessly blind because of conditions that could be easily treated, like cataracts. Many women, men and children in poverty have no access to the most basic of eye health services.

Matching your donations with UK Aid

Worldwide, a shocking 3 out of 4 people who are blind don’t need to be. And too often, if you live in a poor community, losing your sight also means losing the chance to go to school, live independently or earn a living.

For those living on the edge, the impact is devastating - whole families pushed deeper into desperate poverty and hunger.

You can Light up Lives by enabling people in the world’s poorest places to see again through sight-restoring surgery, eye treatments and glasses, so they can go to school, get around safely and support themselves and their families. 

Donate today and your gift will be doubled! Until 20th May 2021, the UK government will match all public donations to the Light up Lives appeal.

Saving sight during Coronavirus

Saving sight during Coronavirus

Sight saving during the pandemic: find out more about our event held on Tuesday 23 February about the impact of coronavirus in Zimbabwe and efforts to stop avoidable blindness in the country.

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Light up Lives with a regular gift

Light up Lives with a regular gift

Start your Direct Debit today and the UK government will double up to three months’ donations, to help twice as many people living with sight loss in the world’s poorest places.

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Meet Cathleen

Meet Cathleen

Three-year-old Cathleen lost her sight in both eyes because of cataracts. Read Cathleen’s story and find out how you can help thousands of help children like her to see again.

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Donate now to give sight

Donate now to give sight

Make a gift today and every £1 you donate to Light up Lives will be doubled by the UK government.

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What you will help achieve

With your support we hope to launch a major 3-year project that will significantly reduce the number of people living needlessly with blindness or visual impairment in Zimbabwe’s Midlands Province.

Your donations will help Light up Lives for people living in the world’s poorest places by:

  • improving access to sight-restoring cataract surgery and treatment for blinding conditions like glaucoma.
  • reaching people at risk of blindness in remote areas, far from the nearest eye hospital, helping them access treatment before it is too late.
  • providing glasses and support to people with low vision so they can go to school, earn a living and be active in their communities.
  • equipping hospitals, training local staff and partnering with local organisations to strengthen eye health systems to ensure the maximum long-term benefit.
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Until 20th May 2021, the UK government will double donations to our Light up Lives appeal up to £2 million. Public donations will support CBM’s work preventing blindness and transforming lives wherever the need is greatest. Match funding from the UK government will improve access to eye-health services in Zimbabwe.


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