Every minute a child goes blind in the world

Join our battle
against blindness.

Breaking the vicious circle

In developing countries, blindness has an impact on the whole family. A blind person cannot participate in everyday life or contribute to the family’s income. Often children or grandchildren have to take care of their blind parent or grandparent, meaning that they cannot go to school.

Disabilities are often the result of fear and superstition, a lack of information, poor hygiene and a shortage of specialized medical personnel and infrastructure

There is also a strong link between disability and poverty: a person who is poor has little or no access to health care and is therefore more prone to disabilities. That is why we talk about being “unnecessarily blind”.  A person with a disability usually lives on the margins of society, has no job and is often rejected by his or her family. Moreover, barely ten percent of children with a disability attend school.

With the support of local partners, experts, donors and business partners, Light for the World has been breaking this vicious circle for more than 20 years. We improve access to health care and help people with a visual impairment to integrate into society. Together we give them a view to a better future.

Afrikaanse oogarts en patiënte

EYE CARE FOR ALL

 

Eye care does not only include surgeries. We believe in a global and sustainable approach to fight blindness efficiently.

We make eye care accessible on the spot. Community workers seek children and adults with a visual impairment and raise community awareness. We make quality medical equipment available to eye clinics. We provide intensive training to local medical and administratif staff, who take care of surgical treatment and medication, as well as visual therapy. All eye clinics that we support have set up an optical store, which sells manufactured onsite glasses at affordable prices.

Every child has a right to education

 

In developing countries, only 10 % of children with a visual impairment go to school. Light for the World supports education programmes for blind and visually impaired children.

Our education programmes are aimed at inclusive education. Visual therapists optimalise visually impaired children’s residual sight. These children also benefit from an suitable infrastructure and adapted visual aids, such as a magnifying glass or a telescope. Blind children are given a special training for a few years to learn Braille, amongst other things.

Subsequently, we try to integrate most of these children in their neighbourhood school where they follow classes with children of the same age. Specialised teachers mentor pupils and their parents, as well as their teachers. All these measures will make their integration easier and put an end to their disability stigma.

jonge Afrikaanse leerlingen, waarvan één met albinisme
patiënten met oogverband in Afrikaanse ziekenhuis - patients avec pansement oculaire dans un hôpital africain

Our projects

 

Congo:

  • Saint Yvonne Eye Clinic in Lubumbashi
  • Inclusive education project in Lubumbashi
  • Nuru Institute for blind and visually impaired children in Lubumbashi
  • Saint Joseph Eye Clinic in Likasi
  • Saint Raphael Eye Clinic in Mbuji-Mayi
  • Mwangaza Eye Clinic in Kolwezi

Rwanda:

  • Kabgayi Eye Unit in Gitarama
  • Inclusive education programme
  • HVP Gatagara School for blind and visually impaired children in Rwamagana

Tanzania:

  • CCBRT Eye Unit, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Tanzania in Dar es Salam
  • Inclusive education programme
  • KCMC Eye Unit, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi
  • SFRH Eye Unit, Saint Francis Referral Hospital in Ifakara
  • SJMH Eye Unit, Saint Joseph’s Mission Hospital Peramiho in Songea

AVERAGE ANNUAL RESULTS

oogzorg

9

eye clinics

operatie

270000

consultations

operatie

22000

surgeries

cataract

12000

cataract surgeries

brillen

28000

pairs of glasses

inclusief onderwijs

700

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.

Give sight to a child

With 150 euro, you can restore the sight of a child through cataract surgery, like Saidi.