|Posted on:||Friday, 15th February, 2019|
Today, CBM has launched a range inspiring, free resources for churches, making it easy to support the See the Way appeal through prayer, collections or fundraising events. Between 15 February and 14 May, every £1 church groups and congregations raise for the See the Way appeal will be doubled by the UK government.
Jacquie Atkinson, CBM’s Supporter Relations Officer for churches, explains: “In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said to his followers ‘You are the light of the world’. By getting involved and supporting CBM, our churches in the UK can ‘literally’ give light; restoring sight and helping people in the world’s poorest places to fulfil their God-given potential. And thanks to the match funding by the UK government, every collection, sponsored event or other fundraising activity held before 14th May, for example during Lent and Easter, will have double the impact in the world’s poorest places as the UK government will match every pound you raise!”
Every day, people in the world’s poorest places become needlessly blind because of conditions that can be easily treated, like cataracts. CBM’s See the Way appeal will help people with sight problems to See the Way to a brighter future, providing sight-saving surgery, glasses and support so they can go to school, get around safely and support themselves and their families.
The free See the Way resources can be ordered online or by post and include:
- Prayer and worship resources
- Fundraising ideas
- Leaflets and posters
- Children’s activities
9 year-old Allen (left and main picture) is a bright caring girl who works hard and dreams of being a nurse. But when she lost her sight to cataracts, she was forced out of school and had hot pepper rubbed in her eyes by other children, who called her ‘muzibe’ (blind). For poor families like Allen’s, the £95 operation to remove her cataracts and restore her sight is out of reach.
When 5-year old Charlotte was struggling to see, her mother Médiatrice was extremely worried: their crop harvest had failed so she had nothing to sell and no money to afford medical treatment.
Médiatrice was lucky enough to hear about Kabgayi Eye Clinic and, through the kindness of CBM supporters and skilled staff, Charlotte received surgery for the cataract on her left eye, which had caused her so much pain. Charlotte can now see well out of both eyes and is looking forward to a brighter future.
You can help children like Allen and Charlotte access sight-saving surgery, glasses and support so they can go to school, read and write and get around safely.
Between 15 February and 14 May 2019, all public donations to the See the Way appeal will be doubled by the UK government, up to £2 million. So every pound given will have double the impact! It could fund twice as many sight-saving surgeries, pairs of glasses or eye-health outreach activities in the world’s poorest places. Match funding from the UK government will improve access to sight-saving eye-health services in Rwanda.Back