Sightsavers has a vision of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with disabilities participate equally in society. The charity works with partners in more than 30 countries worldwide, focusing on Africa and Asia.
Players of People's Postcode Lottery are supporting various eye health and inclusion projects in a number of countries in Africa.
Over the last year, players have supported over 1,400 cataract operations and over 90,000 eye examinations in Nampula, Mozambique.
Last year, Sightsavers sent a team to Mozambique to witness some of the life-changing projects that players are supporting in Nampula. During this trip, it encountered an elderly couple named Gordane and Suhura, both of whom were blind from cataracts. They had not been able to see each other's faces for a number of years and had not been able to make a living and live independently, relying on food that neighbours and friends donated. Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, they were able to have operations and regain their sight.
The Sightsavers team said, "Last month, we revisited them at their home and were thrilled to find out that they can now do all the things that they were unable to do before their operations. They have crops growing outside their house now and we even went to the market with them to buy groceries!"
Suhura said, "I am very happy to see again! I can now do all the things around the house that I couldn't do before and also support Gordane in the field. I love taking care of Gordane, cooking for him, washing his clothes, cleaning the yard. He loves the food that I cook, mainly 'Caracata' (Cassava flour with mushrooms). We have planted a few crops around the house and we have also been able to start farming maize, cassava, peanuts and beans in a field about 20km away."
Gordane added, "I've been able to start making my mats again now that I can see - I feel like we have reborn now that we can see again! In our free time we love to sing and dance. When Suhura had her sight back, she started cutting my hair and beard again! She also joins me in the field to cut grass for the roof of the house. I feel young again and I can now do all the things I used to be able to do before I went blind. We are so happy that you visited. Thank you so much!"
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