$250,000 goal. 65,000 visually impaired and blind**. 6,000 waiting for their sight. 9 partners. 3 years. 1 country. #BringSightToBotswana
Almost 65,000 people in Botswana are visually impaired or blind, mostly due to cataracts or refractive errors. With the help of Combat Blindness International, Peek Vision and the Botswana Ministry of Health, Bring Sight to Botswana is working to:
- Increase yearly cataract surgeries to 5,000+ by 2017*
- Reduce the magnitude of those with blindness from 15,000 to 10,000 by 2019*
- Reduce the magnitude of those with visual impairments from 50,000 to 35,000 by 2019*
- Improve the cataract surgery outcome to 85% at the WHO standard level*
Bring Sight to Botswana will help eliminate preventable blindness throughout Botswana, and will create a sustainable eye care system for the future, by increasing Botswana’s ability to treat cataract as soon as it is found.
CBI is proud to be part of an international partnership between organizations from around the world. Without each of them, this program would not be able to function.
Read about the people whose lives have changed in Botswana. Their sight, their independence, and their self-esteem have all been restored.
Esna Marnatona loves reading. She loves it so much she even pursued a career as a teacher, until cataracts took away her ability to read. After her sight restoring surgery, Esna said the first thing she wanted to do when she got home was read. We are honored to have helped restore a lifetime of enjoyment for Esna.
Olebogo Magan has spent his life farming in Botswana’s Central District. He is married with 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Unfortunately, Olebogo’s relationship with both his career and family had drastically changed after cataracts had taken his vision. Saddened because he had become unable to perform his duties as a husband, father, grandfather and farmer, Olebogo became distant.
In November, he was able to receive a cataract surgery courtesy of Combat Blindness International and our partners at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital in India. Olebogo has received the gift of sight and is proud to once again resume his duties within his household and on his farm.
As a retired heavy machinery operator with 7 children and 11 grandchildren, a child is the last thing Fohlane Rotsi should think of himself as. However, with the onset of his blindness, that’s exactly how he felt. Fohlane felt as if he had lost touch of everything in his life, unable to see anything he wanted to.
Upon regaining his sight, Fohlane was most excited to simply see light again, to be brought out of darkness. He can now spend his retirement looking over his family, livestock and his fields.
ZA Soloman has devoted his adult life to protecting and serving the citizens of Botswana, but in recent years it has become increasingly difficult to perform his duties as a policeman due steadily decreasing vision. While not entirely blind, Soloman had become frustrated with his ability to implement government policies and protect his neighbors as his cataracts continued to progress. Luckily, he can now see without problems and fulfill his duty without fail.
If you like to express joy through dance, then you and Bokuetsue Nito, of Botswana, have something in common. Bokuetsue, who lives alone, and without help, was so excited and thankful after her surgery that she danced throughout the clinic afterwards. Her independence and happiness have been restored.
Some jobs require sharper eyesight than others. A night watchman is one of them. The ability to see well in the dark is essential, and when Kesbolale Thoomo lost that ability, he lost his job. As a result, he struggled to support his wife and 6 children. Now that he can see again, Kesbolale is excited to thrive and find new jobs to support his growing family.
With your donation, Combat Blindness International can help bring sight to Botswana by providing treatment to individuals suffering from cataracts.