HOW YOU CAN HELP
£35 can provide one person with sight restoring cataract surgery for free.
£50 can supply 10 blind people with special white canes to help them get by.
£100 can provide 20 people with corrective, prescription eye glasses.
£500 can provide free eye-screen for a medium sized school of children.
£4000 will buy a slit lamp for eye examinations at our field camps.
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EYE RESTORATION SUCCESS STORIES:
Rab Nawaz lost one eye in an accident when he was young. In his village in Mian Chunnu, Pakistan, where poverty is rife, being unable to afford basic eye-care is a common reality. For much of his life, Nawaz got by with his one good eye. But years of hard work, poor health and old age eventually caught […]
70 year-old Phool Begum lives on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. Phool had been living with glaucoma for 23 years. When she came to us she had very nearly lost her eye-sight. A mother of seven, Phool lost her husband when she was 55. Paying for eye-care was simply not possible for her family, who […]
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GLOBAL VISION AID 100K
90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries. 80% of blindness in the developing world can be prevented or cured.
In poor communities, where even the able bodied scrape by to survive, the disabled and infirm suffer worst. For the visually impaired, the future is bleak. Far from receiving special care, blind people are often socially isolated. Being dependant on family members for their daily needs, they are treated like a burden. With no way of earning an income to sustain themselves or their family, the visually impaired are unable to improve their lives.
But blindness doesn’t just perpetuate poverty. It is also caused by it. Studies have shown that visual impairment is more prevalent in impoverished communities than it is in affluent ones. In most cases, blindness is easily avoidable.
At Al Mustafa Welfare Trust (AMWT), we operate free Eye-care Camps in eight of the world’s poorest countries. To date, we’ve restored eye-sight to over 50,000 people across two continents, and we haven’t stopped yet.
Tackling Preventable Blindness
Your donations allow us to help blind and/or partially sighted people experience the world with their own eyes.
In the developing world, one of the prime causes of avoidable blindness going untreated is a lack of eye-care resources. Hospitals and eye-care clinics are only available in major cities. Underprivileged people from rural areas are unable to travel to get the help they need -many simply can’t afford the expense. Women are particularly disadvantaged, as they are not expected to travel alone. In the event that they get the chance, most can’t afford the high cost of treatment.
AMWT tackles preventable blindness through mobile outreach clinics and eye-care camps. We dispatch our clinics and teams of ophthalmologists to those remote, hard to reach areas. We screen and treat people for free, right on their doorstep. Our eye-restoration programme provides free sight restoring surgery and free prescription eyeglasses for refractive errors. For patients that require an overnight stay when they’re being treated at our mobile clinic, we provide accommodation and food. We also provide transportation for patients with mobility problems.
Providing Rehabilitation for the Irreversibly Blind
In poor communities, blind people are considered a burden. They become socially isolated and excluded from mainstream community activities. They are dependent on their family members to move around and go out for household needs. At AMWT, we work with partner organisations to ensure that people living with blindness are identified. We provide them with aid and rehabilitation, in an effort to facilitate their involvement in society.
Al Mustafa Welfare Trust® believes in a world where no one should be blind if treatable.
GLOBAL VISION AID – 2017 TARGET
Our Eye Restoration Campaign target for 2017 is to perform 100,000 cataract surgeries in 8 countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Somalia, Gambia, Kenya, Sudan and Palestine.
In cases of avoidable blindness, the most common causes we see are cataract, glaucoma, uncorrected refractive errors and age related macular degeneration. In our efforts to alleviate preventable or semi-blindness among the poor, we have restored eye-sight to over 30k people across the world. Cataract surgery only takes a short time but it can make a huge difference to so many lives. Help support our Global Vision Aid 100K Campaign. Donate today for any amount.
Click to download our Global Vision Aid EYE REPORT (2016/17)