Trachoma, the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness, was slowly and painfully stealing Rukkaya’s and Lubasi’s sight. It’s so important that we take action now before trachoma cruelly takes away the future of even more children. Though difficult to watch, we have to stand up for these children and share their stories with you.
Rukkaya and Lubasi were diagnosed with trachoma – an excruciating disease that starts out like conjunctivitis. Left untreated, it can turn the eyelashes inwards so they scratch against the eyeball. Every blink is agony. Without treatment, trachoma could have stolen their sight completely and destroyed their hopes for the future.
Nine-year-old Archana had bilateral cataracts. It hurt to even open her eyes in bright light, she had to hold books inches from her face to read the page and completing schoolwork was a huge strain. Children with sight loss are often unable to continue in school. Without an education, they can grow up with no way to make an income – and no escape from poverty.
Chimwemwe, now almost two had been born with cataracts. Other children his age were beginning to walk and play together, but he didn’t seem able to do these things. His mother felt so helpless and worries what the future would hold for her son.
No child should lose their sight to cataracts. Your gift today could help end the worry and save the sight of more children like Archana and Chimwemwe.
Just €5 a month could protect a classroom of children against trachoma and ensure children like Lubasi and Rukkaya have the chance of a brighter future.
Please donate to Sightsavers. We urgently need your help to find children like Rukkaya, Lubasi, Archana and Chimwemwe, and give them hope for the future.