Lent - could you give something up so they don’t have to?

Posted on: Monday, 4th March, 2019
Desire reading his Bible.

Could you do without your daily coffee? Car park cost when you could walk? Beer at the local pub? A mid-afternoon fizzy drink or chocolate snack?

CBM is encouraging people to give up something for Lent, and to donate the money saved to help people with sight problems in the world’s poorest places to See the Way to a brighter future.

Every day, people in the world’s poorest places become needlessly blind because of conditions that can be easily treated, like cataracts. They are forced to give up things they love and activities that give their life meaning due to poor eyesight.

For 3 years, glaucoma stole Elisabeth’s sight. She was forced to give up going to church because of the sharp pain in her eyes and found it impossible to continue tending her crops.

When cataracts stole Desire’s sight, he had to give up reading his precious bible. He relied on his wife to read God’s Word to him and he could no longer see the faces of his children.

Nestor’s sight problems developed quickly, over just a few months. It became difficult to do anything on his own and he could no longer visit his neighbours.

Too often, for people living in poverty, losing your sight doesn’t just mean giving up something you love, it also means losing the chance to go to school, live independently or earn a living.  Worldwide, an incredible 3 out of 4 people who are blind don’t need to be. 

This Lent, will you give up something so that people living in the world’s poorest places don’t have to? Donate what you save to our #SeeTheWay campaign and every £1 will be doubled by the UK government!

Why not join the #SeeTheWay social media movement and post a photo of what you’re giving up for Lent – make sure to tag us in it!

Funds raised will help people with sight problems in the world’s poorest places to access sight-saving surgery, glasses and support so they can go to school, read and write, get around safely and support themselves and their families.

Until 14th May 2019, the UK government will double all public donations to CBM’s See the Way appeal up to £2 million. Public donations will support UK Aid Match logoCBM’s work preventing blindness and transforming lives wherever the need is greatest. Match funding from the UK government will improve access to sight-saving eye-health services in Rwanda.

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