Sightsavers in India
Sightsavers is a decades-old non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the lives of those hindered by blindness and visual disabilities. They operate in dozens of countries, including some of the most impoverished. In India alone, there are nearly fifteen million people suffering from blindness or visual impairment. Sightsavers and its thousands of volunteers have made a huge impact in the region by providing medicines to prevent infection and performing sight restoration surgeries. For those whose sight cannot be restored, Sightsavers offers resources to help them integrate into society and restore a measure of confidence and independence.
A 2018 social media campaign, known on Twitter as #UnfoldTheirDreams, documented several of these success stories through the lens of those impacted by the generosity of Sightsavers.
Madhavi, an elderly street food vendor, developed cataracts some years ago, which left him legally blind. This hindered his ability to prepare the very food that made him a local legend. Unable to afford surgery, he was encouraged by a friend to visit one of the vision centers run by Sightsavers, who coordinated with the hospital to get Madhavi his surgery free of charge.
“What is river blindness?” River blindness is a parasitic infection that can, over time, cause irreversible blindness. The disease is spread by the bite of infected black flies that breed near fast-flowing rivers. 120 million people are at risk worldwide. River blindness can lead to severe skin irritation, pain and sight loss. 500,000 people are blind because of it. 37 million are infected by the disease. Medication can stop it spreading. Fly catchers work to eradicate the flies that carry river blindness. Together, we can eliminate the disease. Learn more: www.sightsavers.org (or click link in our bio!) #Sightsavers #riverblindness #ntds #blindness #eyes #eyehealth #vision #sight #sightloss #visionloss #eyecare #eyehealth #beatNTDs #nomoreNTDs #blindnessawareness #endavoidableblindness #avoidableblindness #river #rivers #riversides #didyouknow #dyk #factoftheday #interesting #interestingfacts
A ten-year-old girl name Simpi never had a shot at a formal education. Sightsavers utilized their Inclusive Education Program to give her the same educational opportunities as other children. They provided Simpi with modified books designed for the visually impaired, allowing her to not only get an education but earn passing grades on all of her exams.
Sightsavers also understands that it takes a village to raise up its fallen. They have implemented projects in remote regions to educate and train sighted locals in to help those suffering from visual impairments. That emphasis on community also extends to the company’s global relationships. Sightsavers partners with corporations and government organizations to focus their efforts on areas where poverty and lack of resources hit the hardest. Merck & Company and Pfizer, two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, donate antibiotics. The employees and passengers of Emirates Airline have given up air miles. Even eBay has encouraged its users to make monetary contributions to behalf of Sightsavers.
In this modern era, companies are graded on more than profits alone. Their actions have the power to reach around the world and impact the lives of complete strangers. Sightsavers has used their reach to offer those in need a kindness we are all capable of seeing.