Hemeshwory lives in rural Bangladesh. Her husband died, leaving her alone to take care of her two daughters. She was farming a small plot of land to survive, but she had to sell all of her land and her home to support a daughter’s wedding expenses. She moved in with her daughter’s in-laws and to support herself, she began to work as a maid.
Unfortunately, she started having blurry vision and she could not do her work properly. For this reason, she was unable to support herself and began to beg on the street. One day, she heard that there was a screening event nearby where doctors were providing eye examinations. She went hoping to receive help. Hemeshwory was diagnosed with cataract, which is the leading cause of blindness worldwide.
The doctor suggested she visit Orbis’s partner Thakurgaon Swasthoseba Hospital, where low-income patients receive a full/partial discount on eye care services through an Orbis-supported project. The program is part of a larger Orbis project to contribute to the prevention of blindness by establishing treatment services for the rural people of Bangladesh through staff training and community outreach. Based on her financial status, the doctor recommended that she receive surgery without cost. Today, Hemeshwory is working again and she lives on her own.