There’s a real need
people in the world are blind from cataracts
live in developing countries
of household income is lost when a caregiver loses sight – these families are the poorest of the poor
You’re the real solution
is all it takes to give a mom, dad or grandparent a lifetime of sight
is the average time it takes to perform a typical sight-restoring surgery
is the average time between surgery, bandage removal and the joy of, “I can see!”
What is a cataract?
A cataract is clouding of the eye’s lens, which obstructs the passage of light. Most cataracts relate to aging, though children are sometimes born with the condition. Cataracts may also develop after injury, inflammation or disease. (World Health Organization)
During a cataract operation, the surgeon makes a small cut in the cornea, removes the clouded lens and replaces it with a small, foldable lens. In most cases, stiches are not required, resulting in lower infection rates and faster recovery times. For adults, the surgery is done under local anesthesia.
Did you know?
Since 1966, cbm has performed over 10 million sight-restoring operations.
Where your money goes
5 year trending using audited annual financial statements.
From hope to healing: Sonile’s journey.
Sonile was an active 80-year-old woman who lived in rural Ethiopia with her son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. She loved caring for her family which included cleaning, cooking, gardening and even ploughing the fields with her grandkids. But then she was blinded by cataracts.
“I used a stick to feel my way. It was hard to locate doors. I was just sitting, doing nothing.”
“I was not happy, I came to a point where I felt it would be better just to die.”
“I had neighbours who visited me and told me I could trust Good Shepherd (a cbm-supported hospital). They told me that [the] eye surgery would be safe and good.”
“I was excited…on my way home, seeing everything…My life has changed ever since…I was surprised by how my grandchildren had grown. I asked their names to make sure which grandchildren were which.”