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                                                        Autumn 2008




www.sightsavers.org | Registered charity numbers 207544 & SC038110




               Friends
                of the eye




ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
Disability goals | Changing lives in India | A good read in Sri Lanka
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                                                                                                     Welcome                                                                        news
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                                                                                                  elcome to autumn Sightsavers News. One of the greatest challenges               AUTUMN 2008
                                                                                                  Sightsavers faces in carrying out our work in the developing world is the       UK Headquarters
                                                                                                  huge shortfall of medical staff, particularly in africa where, on average,      Sightsavers international
                                                                                                  there is only one ophthalmologist for every million people. throughout the      grosvenor hall
                                                                                       gambia, Nyateros (literally ‘friends of the eye’) are giving up their free time to bring   Bolnore road
                                                                                       eye care to their communities, bridging the gap between the health service and the         haywards heath
                                                                                       largely isolated rural population. as you can find out on pages 3-5, they are having a      west Sussex rh16 4BX
                                                                                       huge impact on the eye health of their fellow villagers, and are making inroads in         Tel 01444 446600
                                                                                       promoting the SaFe strategy to reduce trachoma.                                            Fax 01444 446688
                                                                                           ‘turning a blind eye’ on pages 8-9 asks why world leaders haven’t included             Email information@sightsavers.org
                                                                                       disabled people in their plans to meet the Millennium Development goals.
                                                                                       without including disabled people – who make up one-fifth of the world’s                    UK Community Fundraising
                                                                                       poorest people – they will remain poor and disadvantaged and the goals will                Sightsavers international
                                                                                       never be reached. During the summer we’ve been running a campaign to get our               Community Fundraising Office
                                                                                       supporters involved by asking gordon Brown to consider disabled people in future           PO Box 208
                                                                                       planning. thanks to all who participated in this.                                          Clevedon
                                                                                          we’re always interested to hear your feedback on Sightsavers News, your responses       Somerset BS21 7NF
                                                                                       to any of our stories, suggestions etc. So please do get in touch with me, at the          Tel and fax 01275 349881
                                                                                       address to the right or by email at editor@sightsavers.org with your thoughts.             Email rrichards@sightsavers.org
                                                                                          thanks for supporting Sightsavers and helping us to make a difference.                  Scotland
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sightsavers international Scotland
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                                                                                       Julie Wilton, Editor                                                                       Tel 0131 625 0008
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                                                                                         IN THIS ISSUE
                                                                                                                                                                                  About Sightsavers
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sightsavers is the country’s leading
                                                                                          3         The Gambia
                                                                                                    Community volunteers help prevent trachoma
                                                                                                                                                                                  charity combating blindness in the
                                                                                                                                                                                  developing world. Sightsavers’
                                                                                                                                                                                  vision is of a world where no-one
                                                                                                                                                                                  is needlessly blind.

                                                                                          6         Update
                                                                                                    Sightsavers stories from home and abroad
                                                                                                                                                                                     we work with partner organisations
                                                                                                                                                                                  in poor and the least-served
                                                                                                                                                                                  communities to help establish and
                                                                                                                                                                                  support permanent activities that
                                                                                                    Campaign
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                                                                                                                                                                                  prevent and cure blindness, restore
                                                                                                    why is disability excluded from world leaders’
Front cover: Nyatero Jebel touray out in the community by Jenny Matthews/Sightsavers




                                                                                                                                                                                  sight and provide help for people
                                                                                                    Millennium Development goals?                                                 who will never see.

                                                                                                    A few words with...                                                           Donation hotline

                                                                                       10           Sri Lankan librarian
                                                                                                    Senaderage Dona Chandrika
                                                                                                                                                                                  0800 089 20 20 (24 hours)
                                                                                                                                                                                  Website
                                                                                                                                                                                  www.sightsavers.org
                                                                                                    India
                                                                                       11           how cataract sugery has helped four
                                                                                                    people get back on track                                                      registered charity numbers 207544 & SC038110
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jenny Matthews/Sightsavers




                                                                                                                                                                                  Sightsavers International is also known as


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                                                                                                                                                                                  The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind
                                                                                                    Saving sight
                                                                                                    how you can support Sightsavers
                                                                                                                                                                                  Printed on 100% recycled paper.

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             That’s what
THE GAMBIA




             friends
             are for
             The creation of a new eye care worker role in The Gambia
             is proving to be a real success story in stamping out the
             painful eye infection trachoma.



             T
                    he Nyatero (literally ‘friend of the eye’) is a community-based eye
                    care worker responsible for the eye health of 250 people within their
                    local area. trained in primary eye care and given basic tools, they liaise
                    between the health services and the community, carrying out eye
             screenings and basic eye care, and referring more
             complex cases.
                 the gambia suffers from a severe shortage of
             health care workers, with only four doctors to
             every 100,000 people, among the lowest in
             africa. Nyateros have helped bridge the gap
             between the community and available health
             services, carrying out some of the more basic
             eye care work, freeing up nurses to concentrate
             on the more complicated cases, and thus allowing
             the doctors to work on even more complex cases.
             the role was trialled in 2006 and has now been
             rolled out nationwide, with great success.
                 Chosen by their local community, Nyateros
             give up their own free time, often after working
             long days on their farms, to provide eye care for
             their fellow villagers. alagie touray, from Kafuta
             village, explains his motivation for being a
             Nyatero: “i love being useful for the
             community i live with and helping
             people to prevent eye diseases. it’s
             like a way to carry out my prayers in
             daily life.”
             Please turn over ➤




             Alagie Touray
             checks a young
             person’s sight

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                                          THE GAMBIA Continued



                                                                        How Nyateros are helping the
                                                                        Surgery community to stay safe



                                                                S
                                                                       For someone about to have eye surgery, Binta
                                                                       (pictured left) looks remarkably calm. her
                                                                       son, Njujareh Fofana, the local Nyatero, has
                                                                       obviously prepared her well for eyelid surgery.
                                                                          Binta, 55, had suffered from frequent
                                                                       trachoma infections in her life, and recently
                                                                       developed trichiasis. her sight has been
                                                                       deteriorating rapidly, and she’s had terrible
                                                                       pain every time she blinks. She says: “i keep
                                          taking the lashes out but they come back and it’s no good.” Binta has
                                          also suffered from terrible headaches, which means she has had to
                                          spend days lying down and has been unable to care for her grandson.
                                              at a village eye screening, coordinated by her son, her problem was
                                          diagnosed, and ophthalmic nurse Mustapha Jagne arranged to come
                                          back to perform surgery in Binta’s house.
                                              During surgery Binta remains relaxed and her only concern is that
                                          she’ll wake her grandson sleeping in the next room. Njujareh says:
                                          “it’s great that people can have surgery at home because many are too
                                          frightened to go to hospital. also, few people have access to transport
                                          so it’s very difficult to get to hospital.”
                                              Mustapha finishes the surgery in just 30 minutes, and a happy and
                                          relieved Binta greets the small crowd of people who have gathered
                                          outside her house.




                                                                                          Binta stays relaxed
                                                                                          during her eyelid
                                                                                          surgery
all pictures Jenny Matthews/Sightsavers




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 TRACHOMA FACT FILE                                                                       THE GAMBIA FACT FILE
                                                                       AFRICA
 trachoma is a disease of poverty, affecting mainly women and children.              Population        1,593,959      (UK 60,018,293)
 trachoma causes trichiasis, where the infected eyelid turns inward,    The Gambia   Land area         11,300 sq km   (UK 242,910 sq km)
 scratching the cornea and leading to blindness. Sightsavers supports
 the world health Organization’s SaFe strategy to combat trachoma.                   Life expectancy   58 years       (UK 79 years)




                                                      Antibiotics




                                             A
                                                        it’s a busy afternoon in Sabah Nigeu village. it’s eye screening day, and many
                                                        people have turned up to have their eyes checked. the one well for the village is
                                                        nearly 50 metres deep, and the scarcity of water makes it difficult for people to
                                                        keep up with face and handwashing, so many villagers are suffering from trachoma.
                                                            the past few weeks Nyatero Babu Ceesay has worked hard encouraging the
                                                        villagers to come along to the screening. at 54, Babu has been a Nyatero for the
                                                        past two years. he says: “Being a Nyatero is a constant part of my daily life.”
                                                        every day he wakes up early in the morning and goes to the health post to see
                                                        people before starting work in the fields. he returns to the post after lunch and
                           again after work, as well as setting aside time
                                                                                  Babu with
                           once a week to visit people who can’t get to           local children
                           the post. “it’s a challenging and demanding
                           role,” he says, “but i like to give back to the
                           community. i want to sensitise the people
                           about eye care, especially with regard to our
                           most important asset – the children.”
                               Babu runs the screening session with
                           ophthalmic nurse Mustapha Jagne. villagers
                           identified with trachoma are measured
                           (pictured above) and given the correct
                           dosage of azithromycin, while those with
                           trichiasis will be booked in for eyelid surgery,
                           which Mustapha will return to perform.


Face and handwashing and Environmental hygiene




       FE
Challa, a cluster of two villages, is
                                                                                                           Villagers team up to sweep
testament to the importance of the                                                                         their environment clean
Nyatero role, and the commitment
of the community itself in making
the SaFe strategy a success. the
Nyateros educate the villagers
about face and hand washing,
and organise regular screenings
and treatment for trachoma,
while a village committee shows
people how to maintain a clean
environment, ensuring each
household keeps their house and
garden clean. the villages, which
Sightsavers provided with sanitary
kits, rakes and a wheelbarrow, also
get together for monthly village
clean-ups. village chief alhagi gai
says: “trachoma used to be a huge
problem and many elderly people
were blinded by trichiasis. we first
heard about the SaFe strategy ten
years ago and since then people’s
health has improved hugely.”

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Update                                                                                                             Teaming up
                                                                                                                   with New Star
                                                                                                                   Sightsavers has




                                                                                                                                                                               robert Perry/Scotland on Sunday/Sightsavers
                                              All the latest from around the world                                 teamed up with asset
                                                                                                                   management company
                                                                                                                   New Star to launch an
                                                                                                                   innovative scheme
                                                                                                                   that aims to generate
                                                                                                                   donations for our
                                                                                                                   work in africa through
                                                                                                                   investments in africa’s
                                                                                                                   emerging markets.
                                                                                                                                                By increasing funding for
                                                                                                                       after decades of         our work in Africa, we can
                                                                                                                   political unrest and         reach more people like
                                                                                                                   economic instability in      Gracia Luvina from Tanzania,
                                                                                                                   africa there are signs       who is washing her face
                                                                                                                                                to prevent trachoma.
                                                                                                                   that the economic
                                                                                                                   opportunities there are changing. this has led
                                                                                                                   to increased interest from investors and in 2007
                                                                                                                   New Star launched the heart of africa Fund, which
                                                                                                                   invests in sub-Saharan african companies.
                                                                                                                       there are many reasons why africa’s economy
                                                                                                                   is changing, such as the increasing demand from
                                                                                                                   asia for natural resources, improvements in
                                                                                                                   infrastructure, increased political stability and a



                            The need for skills
                                                                                                                   reduced debt burden. Countries such as Nigeria,
                                                                                                                   Kenya and ghana are some of the key beneficiaries
                                                                                                                   of the increased demand for resources.
                                                                                                                       to raise an income for our work, New Star will


                            in Pakistan
                                                                                                                   be donating a percentage of the management fees
                                                                                                                   generated by investors who invest in the fund by
                                                                                                                   completing a special Sightsavers application form.
                            a recent study has shown that in Pakistan the commonest form            Above          it is hoped that this will build a new income stream
                            of visual impairment is refractive error – something which can          Hashim         for Sightsavers, helping us to reach even more
                                                                                                    Ali Khan
                            usually be corrected with a pair of glasses. the research, led by                      people living with or at risk of blindness.
                                                                                                    conducts
                            Sightsavers, showed that 3.7per cent of the population have             an eye             to receive an information pack please email
                            refractive error, and this figure goes up every decade when              examination    your name, address and phone number to
                            someone reaches the age of 30.                                                         heartofafrica@sightsavers.info, or please call
                                Over six million people are examined for refractive errors                         0844 870 0401.
                            in Pakistan every year, and more than two million pairs of
                            spectacles dispensed. however this doesn’t meet the needs of the
                            population, and Sightsavers is working with partners to provide          Specs Appeal success
                            greater training and deployment of optometrists and to help              to highlight that 153 million people in the world are visually
                            establish training programmes for opticians.                             impaired and in need of glasses Sightsavers launched Specs appeal
                                Sightsavers supports a number of training programmes in Pakistan,    this summer. More than 20 celebrities kindly donated their old
                            including the human resource Development Programme run by                glasses to us and we auctioned them off on eBay, raising £4,257.
                            our partner the College of Ophthalmology and allied vision               george Michael’s Chanel glasses sold for an amazing £2,650 while
                            Sciences (COavS) in Lahore in Punjab Province. hashim ali Khan is        ewan Mcgregor’s came in second with a winning bid of £480.
                            a second year student of the BSC vision Sciences course at COavS.           Sightsavers can provide glasses for as little as £1.50 so the
                            he is from gilgit, in the mountainous northern areas of Pakistan,        money raised could buy over 2,800 pairs of
Jamshyd Masud/Sightsavers




                            where there is only one hospital with optometry facilities.              specs for people
                                it was the lack of eye services in his area that made hashim         in developing
                            decide to pursue a career in optometry. he will have to go abroad        countries who
                            if he wants to specialise further, which he hopes to do, to help         need them.
                            provide a better service for the people of his home town.

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                                                                                                                                         Making a splash
                                                                                                                                         June 15 saw the fantastic spectacle of the
                                              The athletes                                                                               6th Dragon Boat Festival at the Baltic wharf
                                              pose before
                                              competing                                                                                  in Bristol. the event is organised annually by
                                                                                                                                         the rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast and this
                                                                                                                                         year Sightsavers was the chosen lead charity.


                                              Relaying advice
                                                                                                                                            around 30 boats with crews of 17 people
                                                                                                                                         battled it out. each boat rowed to the
                                                                                                                                         beat of their own drummer, helping the
                                                                                                                                         oarspeople to
                                              in Zambia two teams of blind athletes took part in one of the country’s major sporting
                                                                                                                                         keep in time on
                                              events, the annual intercompany relay, in June, with the support of Sightsavers,
                                                                                                                                         each boat. the
                                              the Paralympics committee and corporate partner Standard Chartered Bank (SCB).
                                                                                                                                         Bt global team
                                              Blind runners competed against both each other and sighted people in the event.
                                                                                                                                         (pictured right)
                                                  Sightsavers and SCB set up a tent to showcase our work, which quickly




                                                                                                                                                                                                  David Byard
                                                                                                                                         raised funds for
                                              became packed with people taking up the offer of free eye screening and advice
                                                                                                                                         Sightsavers.
                                              on eye care by the ophthalmic teams on hand.
                  Fred Sekeletu/Sightsavers




                                                  “the day provided a platform for encouraging fitness and good eye health,”
                                              said Sightsavers country representative Joseph Munsanje. “it was also excellent
                                              to see blind athletes interacting with a range of other athletes at a national level
                                              in a sporting and fun environment.”
                                                                                                                                       Picture shows
                                                                                                                                       if you’re in London over the next few months,
                                                                                                                                       do stop in and see our our art and photography

                                              Sight in a gift box                                                                      exhibitions.
                                                                                                                                           winning paintings from the national Junior
                                                                                                                                       Painter competition, featuring what 4-11 year
                                              Sightsavers is pleased to be chosen as the
                                                                                                                                       olds painted as ‘the sight i would most like to see’,
                                              charity benefiting from this year’s Boots
                                                                                                                                       will be on display at the royal academy of arts
                                              Opticians Christmas gift experience box. the
                                                                                                                                       from 22 November 2008 to 16 February 2009.
                                              new ‘gift of sight’ gift box will include an eye test voucher, a £25 gift voucher to
                                                                                                                                           i:click, a photographic celebration of the
                                              spend at Boots Opticians and a 2 for 1 voucher for Odeon Cinemas. For every gift
                                                                                                                                       senses, will showcase the winning entries of
                                              box that is purchased Boots Opticians will donate £1 to Sightsavers. the box will be
                                                                                                                                       this competition for 11-18 year olds at
                                              sold throughout all of Boots Opticians stores, so look out for this fantastic gift for
                                                                                                                                       the.gallery@oxo on the South Bank in London
                                              one of your friends or family this Christmas!
                                                                                                                                       from 22 October – 26 October 2008.
                                                                                             North Leverton
                                                                                             School take part
                                                                                             in i:care day
                                                                                                                                       Peak achievement
                                                                                                                                       in late June, 13 intrepid teams took part in the
                                                                                                                                       rotary Mountain Challenge. they set out to
                                                                                                                                       climb three UK summits each over 3,000ft – Stob
                                                                                                                                       Ban in Scotland, helvellyn in the Lake District
                                                                                                                                       and Snowdon in North wales. Challenge enough
                                                                                                                                       to reach the three summits, but the aim was to
                                                                                                                                       complete all the ascents within 24 hours. and
                                                                                                                                       then there was the weather!
                                                                                                                                           the rotary Club of tonbridge (pictured below)


                                              Bright and kites for sight
                                                                                                                                       stole victory, raising over £13,000 in the process,
                                                                                                                                       and braving a mixture of torrential rain, strong
                                                                                                                                                                                                        rotary Club of tonbridge




                                                                                                                                       wind and eventually glorious sunshine.
                                              On 20 June, 9,000 children from around the country took part in i:care day, a new            the entire event raised a staggering £100,000
                                              event developed by our schools team to help educate children about eye care and          for Sightsavers.
                                              blindness around the world, while having fun both in and outside the classroom.                       Fresh-faced and ready to climb...
Photo courtesy of the retford times




                                                 New materials were produced to use on the day including a brand new
                                              teaching resource and a fun eye care activity pack for pupils. Schools organised
www.thisisretford.co.uk




                                              a range of fun events on the day, including wearing ‘Bright for Sight’ and flying
                                              kites for sight! if you would like to order the fun packs for your children or know
                                              any teachers who might like to receive our new teaching materials then get in
                                              touch. email: schools@sightsavers.org or call 01444 446727.

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                                  CAMPAIGN




                                Turning a blind eye
                                In 2000 world leaders set themselves the challenge of tackling                            “visually impaired people aren’t currently
                                                                                                                          enjoying social inclusion at all; even church
                                global poverty with eight goals, known as the Millennium
                                                                                                                          hymn books are not in Braille which
                                Development Goals. Yet their plans exclude one of the poorest                             makes people feel socially segregated.”
                                groups of people – those with a disability such as blindness.                                edwin, who is blind, overcame the




                                S
                                                                                                                          challenges he faced and studied a
                                      ightsavers’ partners know it is vital   access to school and health care, and few
                                                                                                                          Bachelor of education at university. with
                                      to ensure disabled people are not       opportunities to make a living.
                                                                                                                          support from Sightsavers’ partner the
                                      missed out of the fight against             “there are still many barriers to full
                                                                                                                          Kenya Society for the Blind, he now helps
                                      poverty. every day, they meet and       participation in society for disabled
                                                                                                                          other blind and visually impaired people
                                support people who are blind or visually      people,” says edwin Osundwa, head of
                                                                                                                          to find employment.
                                impaired struggling to survive due to the     rehabilitation at the Centre of adaptive
                                barriers they face –discrimination, limited   technology, Kenya.
                                                                                                                          Missed out
                                                                                                                          Our local partners achieve a lot with their
                                                                                                                          work, yet for long-lasting change to

                                “There are still                                                                          happen on a global level government need
                                                                                                                          to play their part. that’s why we launched
                                many barriers to full                                                                     our recent ‘Missing’ campaign – aimed at

                                participation in society
                                                                                                                          ensuring disabled people are included in
                                                                                                                          all future plans to meet the Millennium

                                for disabled people”                                                                      Development goals (MDgs).
                                                                                                                              the campaign was timed to coincide
                                                                                                                          with a high-level UN meeting attended
georgina Cranston/Sightsavers




                                                                         get blind people into
                                    In Edwin Osundwa’s job he tries to choice of training courses Sebastian Lumbwe, six years old, lives
                                    employment. He says: “The limited ired people to find work.” Congolese border. Sebastian and his with his mother,
                                     makes it difficult for visually impa                                                                  mother Cecelia
                                                                                                  does not accept children who are blind.
                                8 SightSaverS NewS | aUtUMN 2008
       by gordon Brown at the end of September. the
       meeting focused on revitalising efforts to meet the
       MDgs and we asked the Prime Minister to take a
       strong message to other world leaders to ensure that
       disabled people are represented.
          we had a fantastic response, with well over
       1,000 supporters sending postcards to gordon Brown,
       so thank you very much. we’ll let you know the
       results of your campaigning as soon as possible.

       Find out more
       if you’d like to find out more about our Missing
       campaign, or sign up to become a Sightsavers
       campaigner visit www.sightsavers.org/missing or
       email vastbury@sightsavers.org, tel 01444 446681.

        DISABILITY POVERTY – THE FACTS
        • One in five of the world’s poorest people has a
          disability.
        • a third of all children out of school have a disability.
        • together, poverty and disability create a vicious
          circle. those with a disability are more likely
          to be poor, and poor people are more likely to
          become disabled.
        • without including disabled people in plans to
          achieve the Millennium Development goals,
          they will remain poor and disadvantaged and
          the goals will never be reached.




                                                                            Angeline Akai from Kenya
                                                                            qualified as a teacher. How, who is blind, recently
                                                                            been able to find a job. “It’s ever, Angeline has not
                                                                           a teaching job, and up agai very competitive to get
                                                                           very difficult. Jobs are mainst sighted people it’s
                                                                           only. So that by the time I renly advertised in print
                                                                          advert it is always past the alise that there is an
                                                                          too late to apply.”            closing deadline and
three brothers and grandmother in Mukambo, Zambia, near the
both desperately want him to go to school, but the local school
                                                                     Kerstin hacker/Sightsavers                 georgina Cranston/Sightsavers



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                                A FEW WORDS WITH...



                               Senaderage Dona Chandrika                          Librarian at the Sri Lanka Council for the Blind in Colombo




                                                                                                                          Above The Braille library serves many
                                                                                                                          schools, universities and private members
                                                                                                                          Left Senaderage uses a PC to record a
                                                                                                                          talking book


                                                                                                                          books will be made and i am responsible
                                                                                                                          for binding, labelling and cataloguing
                                                                                                                          them, and distributing to schools.
                                                                                                                             the best part of my job is travelling
                                                                                                                          to the schools and giving out the books,
                                                                                                                          and seeing the children happy when they
                                                                             home and convert them into Braille. Once     touch them. i love being able to meet
                                                                             they have been transcribed, i pass these     the requests of blind school children




                               I
                                   live with my husband (who is blind)       on to a team of proof readers for editing,   for additional books, and seeing these
                                   22 kilometres outside Colombo.            and a master copy is produced, which         children getting really good exam results
                                   it takes me an hour and a half to         stays at the library. Four copies of the     because of them.
                                   get to work. i work in the Braille
                               library, which provides Braille and
                               audio materials, like talking books, to
                               schools and universities. the materials         The library’s collection
                               are distributed on a rotational basis to        includes an extensive
                               13 schools and four universities, in 13         range of audio books
                               districts all over the country, including
                               the north and east, where the civil war is
                               going on. the majority of the books are
                               school textbooks in core subjects for five
                               to 17 year olds.
                                   People can also join the library as
                               private members. Library membership is
                               open to anyone who is blind or visually
                               impaired, and there are currently 140
                               members. they can borrow Braille books
Sarah Muddle/Sightsavers (4)




                               for up to a month.
                                   My main responsibility is to choose and
                               purchase books to transcribe into Braille.
                               the printed versions of the books are given
                               to readers and writers, who take them

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                                   INDIA


                                                                                                                                                   Musharif
                                                                                                                                                   Ahmad, nine
                                                                                                                                                   i started school when
                                                                                                                                                   i was six, but seeing
                                                                                                                                                   the blackboard was
                                                                                                                                                   a big problem for
                                                                                                                                                   me and i couldn’t
                                                                                                                                                   concentrate. i
                                                                                                                                                   couldn’t play with
                                                                                                                                                   children my age,
                                                                                                                                                   which made me sad.
                                                                                                                                                       after surgery
                                                                                                                                                   the first thing i saw
                                                                                                                                                   was my father. Now
                                                                                                                                                   i can play outdoor
                                                                                                                                                   games with friends,
                                                                                                                                                   in school i am doing
                                                                                                                                                   well. i can help my
                                                                                                                                                   father on the farm.




                                  Back on track
                                                                                                           Four people talk about how their lives were
                                                                                                           radically changed by cataract surgery at
                                                                                                           Modinagar hospital in Uttar Pradesh, India




                                                                                        Papender Singh, 35                           Santosh Devi, 38
                                                                                        when my eyesight got worse it was            i started finding it difficult to put
                                                                                        difficult to manage the shop, and my          the thread into the needle while
                                                                                        eight-year-old nephew had to help me         stitching. instead of supporting
                                  Anuj Kumar, 10                                        out, so he couldn’t go to school. People     the family i became a burden on
                                  i started staying at home from school, and couldn’t   stopped coming to the shop, and we           them. i couldn’t make food for
                                  play with the other children. i was terrified before   became very poor. at 30 losing your          over a year. i was so worried about
                                  the operation but the nurses were so nice that i      sight can’t be described in words.           going blind i even thought about
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                                  felt less worried.                                       i would not describe it as an operation   taking poison.
                                      after the operation i was surprised i could see   – the doctor is performing magic. when           when the bandages came off
                                  so clearly. From darkness i can now do everything     the bandage was removed i couldn’t           i first saw my husband standing
                                  easily. i play with my younger brothers and sister    stop my tears as i counted the fingers        close to me. i wanted to return to
                                  and also guide them, as the oldest. Now i want to     my daughter held up. Now i can run my        my home as soon as possible to
                                  be an eye doctor.                                     shop and support my family again.            see all of my family.

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                         Ways to support
                                                             Give the Gift                         This autumn, ensure that your
                                                             of Sight this                         family is provided for and help
                                                             Christmas                             people in need around the world.
                                        The Sightsavers’ gift list                                                                 Making a Will is straightforward, simple
                                        is a great opportunity to                                                                  and the only sure way of protecting your
buy your friends and loved ones a fantastic present this Christmas.                                                                family’s future. If you need to make a
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Shop online and choose from a wider range of gifts. With each
                                                                                                                                   do it through Will Aid this November.
gift order we’ll send you a card and certificate for you to
give to your friend or loved one. If you order online you can                                      Will Aid puts you in touch with solicitors who will draw up a
personalise your card and we’ll send it to your special someone                                    basic Will for you free of charge during November. Instead of
direct. Your gift could have a huge impact on someone’s life                                       paying the usual fee, you can make a voluntary donation to
in the developing world.                                                                           the participating charities – including Sightsavers. You will not
                                                                                                   only gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing you've
Visit www.giftofsight.co.uk
                                                                                                   provided properly for your loved ones, but your donation will
                                                                                                   also help to transform the lives of children, families and
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