Paediatric patient Ismail from Bangladesh looking through his glasses


February 2020

Imagine that you are nine years old. All you want is to spend your days playing with friends outside, riding your bike and exploring your neighborhood. But the world is a strange, dangerous place … because you were born with cataracts. When you can’t see clearly, even walking out your front door is scary.

This was daily life for Dai, a young boy from Vietnam. The nine-year-old boy was born with cataracts in both eyes. For years, his world was a blur.

When Dai was outside on his own, he was in danger of being run over by the bicycles or vehicles he couldn’t see coming toward him. Walking to school by himself was difficult.

So this energetic little boy was forced to stay inside most days, unable to play with friends or explore the riverbanks near his home in Hau Giang Province, Vietnam. But thanks to your generosity, Dai’s life was transformed when he received sight-restoring surgery at the Orbis-supported Can Tho Children’s Hospital.

He wasn’t afraid at all of the surgery,” his mother proudly said, adding that she and her husband would not have been able to get Dai the treatment he needed without Orbis.

She is thrilled at the changes she sees in her son: now, he rides his bike every day, his grades at school have improved and he is much happier. Dai is grateful for your support too. He said smiling: “I am able to see everything clearly!"

With the continued support of generous donors like you, Orbis has been saving sight in Vietnam since 1996. In 2018 alone, we were able to achieve the following: