90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries. 80% of blindness in the developing world can be prevented or cured.
Our mission to save sight, change lives, and build a brighter, safer future.
In many disadvantaged, poverty-stricken parts of the world, the blind and visually impaired are considered a burden. Without proper healthcare and the necessary support network in place, many people become socially isolated and excluded from mainstream community activities when diagnosed with otherwise entirely treatable conditions.
Al Mustafa Welfare Trust’s cataract charity appeal aims to change that, building a brighter future for those affected by preventable blindness in developing countries.
To date, since our eye charity campaign began, we have performed over 88,500 cataract surgeries, restoring the sight, hope, and independence of countless vulnerable people around the world. This simple surgery really can change lives; work with us to make their dream of sight a reality once again.
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Children with disabilities supported to attend school
Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness, and, around the world, cataracts affect millions of people. Becoming increasingly more common the older you get, it is estimated that cataracts are responsible for 51% of world blindness.
These staggering statistics really emphasise the impact that cataracts have on the lives of so many people – with many unable to afford the essential surgery and care they need to restore their sight once again.
Instead, so many of these vulnerable people have no choice but to slowly lose their vision as their cataracts worsen. As their world becomes progressively darker, many will also lose their independence and income, struggling to survive while becoming increasingly isolated from friends, family, community, and society as a whole.
These vulnerable people are left reliant and dependent on close family members for much of their daily life, from leaving the house to even moving around. Left untreated, living with cataracts can be incredibly isolating and lonely, and it needn't be.
Here at Al Mustafa Welfare Trust, we work with our partner organisations to identify those living with blindness in developing countries around the world. We work to provide those in need with essential aid and rehabilitation, in an effort to facilitate their involvement and reintegration into society.
In our efforts to alleviate preventable or semi-blindness among those living in poverty, our team has restored eyesight to over 88,500 people across the world to date. However, there are still many more people worldwide suffering from the devastating effects of preventable blindness.
Our eye restoration campaign target for 2020 is to perform 100,000 cataract surgeries across eight countries 0 Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Somalia, Gambia, Kenya, Sudan, and Palestine.
In cases of avoidable blindness, the most common causes we see are cataracts, glaucoma, uncorrected refractive errors, and age-related macular degeneration. Performing cataract surgery only takes a short time, but it can change lives for many more years to come.
Support our cataract charity appeal and help us make a huge difference to so many people’s lives. Donate with Al Mustafa Welfare Trust and help support our Global Vision Aid 100K Campaign.