In light of the coronavirus crisis and following much consideration, we have decided to pause our See the Way appeal. This will enable us to focus our efforts on reaching out to the most vulnerable people affected by the crisis and supporting our partner hospitals, health and community workers in the world’s poorest places during this global pandemic. 

 

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Blindness keeps people like Telesphore trapped in poverty

Until 9th April 2020, every £1 you donate will be DOUBLED by the UK government

Blindness keeps people like Telesphore trapped in poverty.

Until 9th April 2020, every £1 you donate will be DOUBLED by the UK government

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Telesphore, age 65, has cataracts in both eyes. He started noticing problems with his sight, and within just three years, he had become completely blind from cataracts in both eyes. Blindness has robbed him of his independence.

Telesphore and his wife are farmers – they grow potatoes and maize on a small plot of land. But Telesphore can no longer cultivate the field. He is forced to stay at home because of his blindness. And his family are falling further into poverty.

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Once so strong and able, he now relies on his wife and daughter for everything, and is confined to the house. “They go outside and find food and water to bring to me. They have to place the bread in my hands.”

He can no longer visit his neighbours or go to church and thieves sometimes come into this home and steal things when his wife and daughter aren’t there, as he cannot see them. But Telesphore's life doesn’t have to be like this.

Every day, people like Telesphore, in the world’s poorest places, become needlessly blind because of conditions that can be easily treated. Too often for people living in poverty, losing their sight also means losing the chance to go to school, live independently or earn a living.

With match funding from the UK government, we hope to enable an estimated 100,000 women, men and children in rural areas to access clinical and other eye care services in Malawi over the next three years.

That includes over 9,000 blind and severely visually impaired people, who will be offered cataract surgery which should enable them to see again.

But to do this, we need your help, and now is the best time to act. That’s because any gift sent before 9th April 2020 will be doubled by the UK government, which means that every £1 you give becomes £2.

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Until 9th April 2020, all public donations to our See the Way appeal will be doubled by the UK government.  So every pound you can give 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. Your donation will help prevent blindness and transform lives wherever the need is greatest. Match funding from the UK government will improve access to sight-saving eye-health services in Malawi.


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