Working together to eradicate blindness in the world.
Light for the World fights avoidable blindness and reinforces the integration of people with a visual impairment in Africa. As a recognized Belgian NGO, we provide accessible eye care and promote inclusive education.
Local partners are at the heart of Light for the World’s programmes. We provide financial, technical and organizational support to our partners in Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. This is the only way to make sure that blind and people with a visually impairment get the best possible services.
We treat each other with mutual respect. We are honest, fair and reliable. We expect the same from our partners.
We implement our plans in an efficient and effective way.
We look for establishing sustainable relationships and building trust through dialogue and inclusion. We feel connected with and committed to others. We respect the specificity of each individual.
We feel connected to our mission and vision and believe that our actions are meaningful. We make firm commitments to defend human rights and aim at the full participation of people with disabilities. We strive for sustainable development and involve all stakeholders in our action.
We have the expertise and skills to implement our mission in the most effective way. We focus on saving eyesight, improving the quality of life and empowering people with disabilities.
You can rest assured that we spend your gifts well. Our financial management is sound and transparent. An independent auditor audits our annual accounts. We are a member of VEF-AERF, the Association for Fundraising Ethics.
As a donor you are entitled to information. In our annual report (Dutch and French versions) we provide an overview of our results and of the allocation of our financial resources. Light for the World fulfils the conditions set by the Ministry of Finance to enable the issue of tax certificates.
Establishment of a local office in Tanzania and recruitment of a Tanzanian coordinator
Inauguration of the new buildings for consultation and hospitalization at Saint Raphael Eye Hospital in Mbuyi Mayi, Congo
Start of collaboration with Saint Joseph's Mission Hospital in Songea and Saint Francis Hospital in Ifakara in southern Tanzania
Start of Inclusive Education project in Kabgayi and start of support to the School for blind and visually impaired children in Rwamagana, Rwanda (in partnership with Fracarita Belgium)
Opening of the Mwangaza Eye Clinic in Kolwezi, Congo
Launching the Inclusive Education Project in Lubumbashi, Congo
Opening of St. Joseph’s Eye Clinic in Likasi, Congo
Start of the collaboration with the Tanzania Society for the Blind about inclusive education and of the partnership with St. Raphael’s Eye Clinic in Mbuji-Mayi, Congo
Start of the collaboration with St. Yvonne’s Eye Clinic in Lubumbashi, Congo
CBM Belgium officially becomes Light for the World, an independent Belgian NGO
First cataract surgery on children performed at the Kabgayi Eye Unit in Gitarama, Rwanda
Foundation of Light for the World, under the name of Christian Blind Mission and start of the first project: the CCBRT hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Light for the World Belgium is a member of Light for the World International. This international network allows us to develop our expertise.
By doing so, we ensure a broader understanding and support from the authorities aiming at empowering the rights of people with disabilities.
children go to school
Give visual therapy
With 10 euro you give visual therapy to a child who has undergone cataract surgery like Angelique.
Give access to education
With 20 euro a child with visual impairment can go to school for a month, like Nathalie.
Give sight to an adult
With 52 euros you offer cataract surgery to an adult, like Melanie.