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What we do

We work to eliminate avoidable blindness and help bring about equality for people with disabilities. In other words, we:

  • Help blind people to see
  • Prevent others from going blind unnecessarily
  • Support people to live independently if their sight loss can’t be undone

The reasons behind avoidable blindness run deeper than the eye diseases that cause them. They result from – and lead to – poverty, and are often accompanied by social exclusion and early death. So, instead of slapping a sticking-plaster on the problem, we work to ensure that people who are visually impaired or blind have access to preventive, curative and rehabilitative services without financial hardship.

Our approach

Ngo For Education

Support equality

We support local organisations, governments and schools to train specialist teaching staff. Every year we supply low vision aids like glasses, braille kits and learning tools to people who need them, and educate communities to eliminate the stigma around visual impairment and blindness. We also support people who are visually impaired or blind to get an education, earn an income and live independently.

Blind Education

Campaign for change

We work to influence governments, local organisations and businesses to strengthen the systems needed to solve problems that cause avoidable blindness, including those which most of us take for granted – like access to clean water and sanitation. We campaign to extend the outreach of preventive, curative and rehabilitative services to areas where they don’t exist, and help ensure that timely support is provided to people who need it.

Education For Blind Children

Prevent blindness and restoring sight

We promote eye health by supporting our partners to conduct millions of eye examinations every year. We refer people for eye treatment and eye operations; distribute medicines to prevent blindness; fund eye operations for people who need them, and train eye care workers and surgeons to enable them to help people who are blind or visually impaired.

 

Where we work

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News

Sightsavers signs an MoU with SSEPD, Government of Odisha

27 July 2018

sabilities (PWDs) and inclusive eye health services for the economically weaker sections in 13 districts of Odisha.

Sightsavers signs an MoU with SSEPD, Government of Odisha

27 July 2018

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, July 25, 2018 – Department of Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD), Government of Odisha signed the MoU with Sightsavers to promote socio-economic development of Persons with Di Continue reading

Sightsavers signs an MoU with OPEPA for Strengthening Inclusive Education Programme in Odisha

26 July 2018

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, July 25, 2018 – Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) signed the MoU with Sightsavers for strengthening Inclusive Education for visually impaired students in Odisha. Continue reading

A two-day state level workshop on SDGs, UNCRPD and RPWD Act organised for Persons with Disabilities in Odisha

09 July 2018

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, July 6, 2018 – A two-day workshop was organised by Sightsavers and European Union on Odisha Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rule-2018 and its linkages with SDG & UNCRPD. Continue reading

Sightsavers India touches hearts of Bangalore with the play ‘A Walk in the Woods’

02 July 2018

Bangalore, July 2, 2018: Sightsavers India, brought the renowned play – ‘A Walk in the Woods’ directed by Ratna Pathak Shah for the Indian audiences in Bangalore on June 30th, 2018. The Indian adaptation of Continue reading

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