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Light up Lives this Easter in the world's poorest places

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People living in poverty, like Stellar, become needlessly blind every day because of conditions that can be easily treated. Please help them get their sight back.

 

Light up Lives this Easter in the world's poorest places

People living in poverty, like Stellar, become needlessly blind every day because of conditions that can be easily treated. Please help them get their sight back.

Light Up Lives

 

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

Every day, people in the world’s poorest places become needlessly blind because of conditions that could easily be treated.

But vital eye health services are simply out of reach.

Too often for people living in poverty, losing your sight also means losing the chance to go to school, live independently or earn a living.

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

 

“I am old; it’s normal for me to go blind”

Stellar, pictured above, thought that blindness was part of God’s plan.

Stellar has always been an active and energetic woman. She is fiercely independent, and used to grow all her own food in a small garden behind her home, rear chickens, and even sell produce to make a small living.

But a cloudy mist started covering her left eye, and in time, her right. Her vision deteriorated, and Stellar's world slipped into darkness.

Find out about the impact cataracts have on Stellar's life in the video below.

Having been used to looking after herself, daily life for Stellar was very different. After cataracts left her blind, Stellar could no longer look after herself – she needed help from her family even to eat or go to the toilet.

The family struggled financially, not only from the lost income of family members who now care for Stellar, but also to pay for her treatment. Even the cost of transport to get to a clinic was out of reach in their situation, let alone surgery.

I miss gardening... Now, I cannot do anything independently. I used to fetch water for myself back home. Now, I spend the day just seated. I used to move around selling some of my garden produce to take care of myself but since the sight problems, I cannot do this anymore.

Stellar, aged 80

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Together, we have the chance to make sight-saving eye health services available to many people, like Stellar, in Zimbabwe.

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As well as funding life-changing treatments for people like Stellar, your donation can help to train local health workers, equip hospitals and strengthen eye health systems for the future.

All of this will have a lasting impact within the communities where we work, helping to ensure that nobody becomes needlessly blind.

Together, we can make sure that people won’t think blindness is a natural part of becoming older.

With your gift, people who can’t afford treatment can get the help they need, and people like Stellar have the opportunity to get back their sight, their independence and their livelihoods.

What you can help achieve

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.
P 3760, Peek Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, Africa. Partner: Zimbabwe Council for the Blind
HIS Danford Dangah (14), male, poor eyesight. Pictures are about a schoolscreening and his consultation at the Richard Morris Hospital, children eye department / 
For further information see: ZWE-19-1690_story.pdf
Picture: Danford (in front) is trying out a frame for his new glasses
P 3760, Peek Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, Africa. Partner: Zimbabwe Council for the Blind
HIS Thierry Mhuri (16), male, sore eyes. Pictures are about his consultation at the Richard Morris Hospital, children eye department / 
For further information see: ZWE-19-1785_story.pdf
Picture: Thierry (right) during his examination. Name of staff not known.
Yudaya during intervention (1st cataract surgery on her left eye) at the Mengo eye department: .Please refer to respective field reports for more information
Yudaya 70 years, has bilateral cataract. She lives in a city suburb with her grandchildren
Here, she is at the Mengo eye department for a cataract surgery.
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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. Set up a regular gift to Light up Lives before 20th May and the UK government will double up to three monthly donations. Monthly Direct Debit gifts cannot be doubled after 20th July 2021.

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Christian Blind Mission UK is registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales as charity number 1058162, and with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator as charity number SC041101.

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