See My Future | Orbis

See My Future

In March 2019 Orbis launched our See My Future appeal, with all public donations during a three-month period being matched by the UK Government.

Thanks to your generosity we raised almost £1.4 million. This included over £650,000 of match funding from the UK government which was used to expand our work combating childhood blindness in the Parsa and Siraha districts of South East Nepal.

In many parts of the world, avoidable vision loss means children are dropping out of school - either because their own eye health is poor, or to care for a blind or visually impaired family member. Our REACH (Refractive Error Among Children) initiative screens and treats children with vision loss, enabling them to continue to attend school and look forward to a brighter future.

Thanks to everyone who supported the See My Future Appeal, over 64,000 people have so far received screening, treatment or training to identify vision issues. Screening has taken place in 213 schools. Most notably, your donations helped to reach children who might ordinarily miss out on eye care services, by helping to fund screening in special needs schools and non-formal institutions. You have also helped to train teachers and support students to become Vision Ambassadors and help promote eye health messages.

With schools closed for much of 2020 because of the pandemic, your support also helped develop an alternative way to look after children’s eye health. Female Community Health Volunteers are established government health workers and as such, know their local communities very well. We therefore worked with them to support door-to-door, rather than in-school, screenings. This adapted approach means that more than 1,000 children who don’t normally attend school, so wouldn’t otherwise have been screened, have had their eyes checked for the first time.

None of this would have been possible without your support, thank you!


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