Climb for Sight is a fund-raising project sponsored by Vision for the Poor a non-proﬁt humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing avoidable blindness by empowering, training, and equipping eye care doctors in developing countries.
The proceeds from these climbing trips go toward providing sight-saving surgeries and eye glasses to the poorest patients treated at ten Vision for the Poor partner eye hospitals in Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Mexico and Peru. An eight-minute cataract procedure can end a life of dependency. A pair of glasses can mean a child can attend school. It is estimated that over 86,000 children in Guatemala alone are in need of eyeglasses and 50,000 patients in Haiti are blind from cataracts.
By joining this climb, you will combine humanitarian service with personal adventure. By seeking sponsorships for your climb you will be giving sight to people who otherwise may not have treatment.
Silverio Arana, age 84, was abandoned by his family because he was blind and unable to care for himself. Another family adopted him. Visualiza, the Vision for the Poor partner eye hospital in Guatemala, was performing a vision screening Silerios’s town of Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala. The new family took Sliverio to the screening. He was diagnosed with cataracts. Funds from Climb for Sight paid for his surgery. Silverio has a new life of independence and gratitude.
Our climb was an amazing challenge. We hiked for three days to the Kibo Hut base camp, slept for just a few hours, and then began our climb at 11 p.m. We hiked through the night, under the full moon, reaching the summit around 7 a.m. The air was thin and our bodies were exhausted. People on the summit seemed to be delusional from altitude and lack of oxygen. As we walked the last hour on the summit ridge, the light of the full moon faded and the sun rose illuminating the African sky. Hiking above the clouds, on a dormant volcano, looking out on glaciers, we could see the world below us, just a sea of clouds. Mountains have an amazing healing power, which remind us just how small we are in the grander scheme of things. I am thankful to have spent time on this mountain and in this dynamic country.Lindsay Yost