Today is GivingTuesday and our goal is to raise $10,000 for our school eye screening programs in Kenya!
Working with our partners, we will train 14 teachers and screen over 7,000 students for eye health issues in Kenya’s Narok County. Identified students will then receive prescription eyeglasses or other treatment needed to restore their vision. We expect to treat over 300 students who might otherwise go needlessly blind.
While we’ve made great strides in Narok since we began working there in 2005, there’s still much work to be done! The county has over 550 primary schools and a total population of roughly 233,000 children. Eighty percent of children in Narok have yet to be screened for eye health issues, which is why we need YOUR help!
We’ve been training eye health workers and teachers in Narok on the importance of child eye health. Last year, we trained 53 teachers to promote good hygiene and eye health in their schools, screen students for eye health problems and refer students with eye issues to an appropriate facility for treatment. By helping us reach our fundraising goal today, you will provide us with the funding needed to implement our child eye health program in 14 more schools in 2016.
In 2013, we were able to boost our primary eye care and school eye health services in the region thanks to support from Standard Chartered’s Seeing is Believing child eye health project. Our goal is to reduce preventable blindness and visual impairment in children in East Africa over a period of four years (2013 – 2016).
An estimated 40 million people live in Kenya, but there is currently only one ophthalmologist for every 450,000 people and one cataract surgeon for every 290,000 people – both well below the World Health Organization’s recommended ratio. Thanks to our donors, we are able to provide much-needed eye care to Narok in the fight against blinding trachoma, cataract and other causes of avoidable blindness.
Today, on Giving Tuesday, please join us in the fight against avoidable blindness. Please donate and give students the most important tool they need to succeed in school: their vision! Thank you for your support!