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Frequently asked questions

How do I donate?

You can donate online from the amount of ten euros using our secure online system.

You can also donate by transfer to the bank account number:
IBAN BE95 5230 4029 2158
BIC TRIO BEBB

You can also set up a standing order through your bank or online banking.

How is the money I donate used?

Light for the World makes sure that the money goes where it is needed most.

86 per cent of the total amount donated goes to project implementation and awareness raising programmes in Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. 10 per cent goes fundraising (these are costs made to collect the donations) and 4 per cent to operational costs. Those are kept to an absolute minimum

Can my gift really make a difference?

The phrase “many a little makes a mickle” is also true here. Every contribution, however big or small, matters. Light for the World depends for 62 per cent on private donations. Without your support we are powerless but, together, we will eradicate avoidable blindness and provide a better future for people with a visual impairment.

Where is Light for the World Belgium active?

Light for the World Belgium is active in three African countries: Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. We focus on prevention and treatment of blindness but also on education of children and adults with a visual impairment.

Are the accounts audited?

Donors rightly wonder what happens to their money.
How can they be sure that their donations are being used properly? Light for the World is committed to following strict rules and managing the funds in a sound, selfless, transparent and rigorous manner and does so in various ways

Every year, the accounts of Light for the World are audited by an independent board of auditors. To be recognized by the state and have the right to issue tax certificates, an additional audit is organized by the Federal Public Service Finance and by the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation.

To enhance transparency, we publish an annual report presenting an outline of all revenue and expenditure and of the allocation of our financial resources. The annual report also provides an overview of the project results. You can read the annual reports on the Dutch and French versions of this website.

In addition, Light for the World is a member of VEF-AERF, the Association for Fundraising Ethics. This label means that Light for the World meets these objectives and observes certain quality standards for fundraising.

What is Light for the World Belgium's integrity policy?

In realizing its mission and vision, Light for the World Belgium applies five values: Integrity, Decisiveness, Compassion, Commitment, and Professionalism and Focus.

 

The Code of Ethics is an elaboration of these values and standards which provides guidelines for making important decisions. Underlying the Code of Ethics is the principle of respecting all applicable laws and regulations. We are also committed to the fundamental principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

As a framework for responsible ethical behavior, the Code of Ethics applies on all employees, consultants, volunteers,.. and anyone working on behalf of Light for the World Belgium.

 

The Code of Ethics forms the basis of the Integrity Policy that aims to promote the integrity of the organization as a whole as well as that of the individual employee and person involved.

To achieve an effective integrity system, the organization has initially defined and delineated various roles. For example, there is a role for management, for the responsible person, for the counsellor and for the integrity complaints manager.

Initially, the organization focuses on preventive measures to avoid violations against the code of ethics, including through awareness or risk analysis. If violations do occur, they have consequences.

 

Each person involved is expected, if they suspect, know or witness violations, to also report them to the Integrity Complaints Manager: case_integrity@lightfortheworld.be

All reports are treated confidentially.

Light for the World Belgium does not deal with anonymous complaints, because it is difficult to gather all relevant information and to follow up on it if no dialogue is possible.

I would like to broadcast Light for the World’s work. How do I proceed?

You can broadcast Light for the World’s work in a number of ways. As a member of an association you can ask for a presentation about our work. You can organize a sale or a sponsored event with your company. One of Light for the World’s employees will gladly come over to present our work in Africa to your colleagues, friends…

Interested?
Send an email to or call Anniek Geerkens+32 2 412 08 06

Can I volunteer abroad for Light for the World?

Light for the World does not recruit volunteers for its projects abroad. On site, we work together with local staff. The aim is for our local staff to work independently; from time to time we therefore call on specialists and experts to provide additional training to our local staff. But we are always looking for volunteers in Belgium, to broadcast our projects, to set up events, to help us with office work or with other activities.

Interested?
Send an email to or call Anniek Geerkens+32 2 412 08 06.

Why doesn't Light for the World accept glasses, devices or medication?

We regularly receive offers of in-kind donations, such as glasses, frames, medical devices or pharmaceuticals from very generous supporters. Our years of experience have taught us that, unfortunately, we cannot accept these well-intentioned donations. At first glance, this may seem contradictory to the needs on the ground, but there are several reasons for our decision:

GLASSES:

  • First of all, we pay a lot of customs and transport costs, which sometimes cancel out the added value of the donation.
  • Second, Light for the World is a small organization. We do not have any staff to keep track of lenses and frames. Without a clear inventory, it is difficult to send these goods and integrate them into the local stock management of our partner clinics.
  • Finally, Light for the World is very proud that each supported clinic has an optical store. Local opticians produce high quality glasses in different price categories on site. This way the clinic generates its own income, which can be used to help the poorest people. In addition, it creates jobs in the regions where we work.

DEVICES:

  • Despite all the precautions taken, used equipment is often damaged during the long and expensive journey. On the other hand, the new equipment coming directly from the manufacturer is packaged specifically for transport.
  • Next, the expected lifetime of the devices used does not always justify the high cost of transportation.
  • In addition, as the device ages, the chances of finding replacement parts in the event of a breakdown also decrease, and these parts often become more expensive as time passes.
  • Finally, Light for the World also strives to standardize the medical equipment of its partner clinics as much as possible, so that staff can easily start working in another clinic and, if necessary, spare parts can be provided for any broken equipment.

PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS:

  • The import of pharmaceutical products into our partner countries is subject to very strict regulations. Not just any product can be imported. In particular, pharmaceutical products must be recognized and approved in the partner country. Therefore we work with fixed suppliers and cannot deviate from them.

We would like to thank all our donors for their trust and generosity. We are sorry that we cannot accept such a donation. Thanks for your understanding.

Are Light for the World and CBM two different organizations?

Our organization was founded in 1997, under the name CBM (Christian Blind Mission Belgium). In 2008, the organization officially became an independent Belgian NGO under the name of Light for the World. Our mission remained unchanged. We are committed to the welfare of blind and visually impaired people in the poorest countries. What has changed is that the new NGO can manage its own projects and rely on government subsidies, which was impossible under the umbrella of CBM. Ever since 2009, Light of the World can decide autonomously which projects it is going to support and invest in.

What is Light for the World International?

Light for the World Belgium has been a member of Light for the World International since 2008. The international organization has eight member organizations supporting more than 180 projects in 15 countries. 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.