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Light for the World works to eliminate blindness in developing countries
Organisation comes to the United States and Canada to generate much needed awareness and support to help reach their goals to restore eyesight and prevent blindness in third world countries.
By: Light for the World/Christoffel Development Coop.
“We have restored eyesight to so many people but there are still many more out there who desperately need our help,” says Rupert (http://www.linkedin.com/
A goal to eliminate blindness
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The organization works to:
● support local partners in underprivileged regions of the world in their work with and for persons who are blind, have other disabilities, or are at risk of becoming disabled.
● provide support irrespective of gender, ethnicity and religious affiliation with a particular emphasis on marginalized groups such as women, children, indigenous peoples and those living in poverty.
● reach as many people as possible while targeting those in greatest need.
● support programs that provide sustainable social integration, empowerment and opportunities for those who are blind or have a disability.
● enable the global exchange of learning and experiences on effective and efficient development, and more.
“With the right support in place we can meet these goals and beyond,” says Roniger.
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About Light for the World
Light for the World is an internationally active and specialized organisation working on 178 sustainable aid projects for visually impaired and otherwise disabled persons in Africa, Asia, Latin America and South-East Europe. The focus of activities lies on the prevention and healing of blindness as well as on the rehabilitation and education of persons with disabilities and on the furtherance of their rights.
In 2012 Light for the World provided rehabilitative support for 59,616 children and made possible 46,848 cataract surgeries. Their help reached 1,143,939 people in the poverty-stricken areas of the world.
Since the foundation of the organisation in 1982 over 7.5 million people were treated and more than half a million (502,212) regained their eyesight through cataract surgery.