Theo

By the time Theo could crawl, cataracts had started stealing his sight.

Until 12 May 2020, every £1 you donate will be DOUBLED by the UK government.

By the time Theo could crawl, cataracts had started stealing his sight.

Until 12 May 2020, every £1 you donate will be DOUBLED by the UK government

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Every day, children like two-year-old Theo become blind due to preventable conditions, like cataracts. Just because they are too poor to afford treatment. Many women, men and children living in the world’s poorest places have absolutely no access to basic eye health services.

Cataracts can be removed by a straightforward operation, but for many children, like Theo living in poverty, the cost of this life changing treatment is out of reach.

Theo’s mother, Triphine, has to guide him around their small hut in Rwanda because he cannot see clearly and often collides with the walls. She fears not only for her son’s safety, but also for his future.

“If Theo is blind, he will always need help. What should become of him?”

Theo’s family are smallholders, living off a tiny plot of land where they grow beans and corn; just enough to feed themselves.

Triphine and her husband know that it would take them years to borrow or save enough money for the operation needed to remove the cataracts – by which time, it will be too late to save their son’s sight.

Theo from Rwanda has cataracts in both eyes

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 12 May 2020 will be doubled by the UK government, which means that every £1 you give becomes £2.

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Until 12th May 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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