In the past sixty-eight years, Sightsavers has worked to detect, prevent, and treat eye diseases in thirty countries. Sightsavers also empowers the disabled and transforms lives. Their recent #UnfoldTheirDreams campaign highlighted some of these remarkable transformations seen in India.
Madhav’s life was one of these transformations. He was a beloved street food vendor until his 60s, when he was blinded by cataracts and no longer able to work. He knew that corrective surgery was available, but he was unable to afford it. Sightsavers intervened and provided Madhav with free surgery. Madhav, now 72, is able to run his business again. He is so grateful for the help of Sightsavers that he spends much of his free time connecting others with their care.
Education is also an important component of Sightsavers’ work. Sonali developed a cataract after another child in her village hit her in the eye with a rock. Local pond water likely led to a secondary infection in that eye. Sightsavers provided Sonali with free cataract surgery and treatment for her infection. They also educated Sonali’s family about preventing future infections. Sightsavers’ advice is valued because of their good standing in the community.
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Sightsavers also makes a difference in the lives of those they cannot cure. Anam’s blindness left him dependent on the support of his family. With the help of Sightsavers, he enrolled in a program that taught the skills he needed to be independent. He is now able to provide for his family through a job as an ice cream vendor. Like Madhav, Anam is now passionate about helping others with vision disabilities. He introduces them to Sightsavers’ services and gives them hope for their futures.
Sightsavers enables people with a wide range of visual disabilities to thrive and achieve their dreams. Through the #UnfoldTheirDreams campaign, Sightsavers took a personal approach to connecting with supporters. By giving time or money, individuals and corporations continue to make stories of hope stories possible in India and across the globe.