This year, Sightsavers was named by GiveWell as one of the top nine organizations to donate to. GiveWell is a charity, assessment organization. This organization takes many different factors into consideration when putting a charitable organization on their list. Sightsavers works with the poor and disadvantaged, in any part of the world. They have deworming programs and assist with vision loss.
Sightsavers was given a high rating in using money cost-effectively by GiveWell. The organization was started by Sir John Wilson. He lost his sight in childhood due to chemistry accident. Later in life, he started this organization because he did not believe the needs of the blind were being addressed adequately, by other non-profits.
He and his wife started Sightsavers to address the needs of blind people in the British territories and, to dispel common beliefs about blind people. He sent seven blind climbers up the side of Mount Kilimanjaro, to prove they could do the same things as those with sight.
Sightsavers spends $437 million for river blindness and has helped to fund cataract operations for patients that cannot see. They have governing boards in different countries to oversee how their money is spent.
“What is river blindness?” River blindness is a parasitic infection that can, over time, cause irreversible blindness. The disease is spread by the bite of infected black flies that breed near fast-flowing rivers. 120 million people are at risk worldwide. River blindness can lead to severe skin irritation, pain and sight loss. 500,000 people are blind because of it. 37 million are infected by the disease. Medication can stop it spreading. Fly catchers work to eradicate the flies that carry river blindness. Together, we can eliminate the disease. Learn more: www.sightsavers.org (or click link in our bio!) #Sightsavers #riverblindness #ntds #blindness #eyes #eyehealth #vision #sight #sightloss #visionloss #eyecare #eyehealth #beatNTDs #nomoreNTDs #blindnessawareness #endavoidableblindness #avoidableblindness #river #rivers #riversides #didyouknow #dyk #factoftheday #interesting #interestingfacts
Sightsavers in India has managed to bring down the blindness rate to 0.7 percent in the Sunderbans regions. The blindness rate before was 1.9 percent. This change occurred after five years of having the Eye Health Project. They have 17 vision centers that provide residents with affordable eye care.
Sightsavers in America will fund 26 students with assistive technology. They will be buying each student an Onyx Electronic Video Magnifier. All students met the eligibility requirements for this equipment. Students from the Rio Grande Valley will receive these services. It is hosted by Region One Education Center in Edinburg, TX.
This equipment helps a student with visual disabilities. It magnifies objects up to 118 times allowing them to read, do homework, see family and friends, and complete tasks for themselves.