Imagine suffering a blinding condition that could be treated. But because you were poor and had no access to eye care you lived a life of dependency. Worse yet, imagine being poor and born blind and because of your condition your life expectancy was 3 years. There are an estimated 35 million people in the world who are blind from cataracts and 600 million who need eye glasses. Most of these people live in developing countries.
Our goal is to prevent this tragedy. Vision for the Poor and partners have developed a network of ten eye hospitals in Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru and Mexico that provide all eye care services to the poorest people who otherwise would not receive treatment.
Vision for the Poor partner eye hospitals use a social service model that allows patients to pay for care according to their ability. Of the 160,000 patients treated each year at our hospitals, thirty percent of patients are destitute and unable to contribute to the cost of care. Cost of eye glasses is $20 and cataract surgery is $77. Your participation in Climb for Sight will assure access to care for the poorest of the poor and assist each facility’s goal of being sustainable.
Betty, age 8, had to provide full-time care for her grandmother Silia (left) and her aunt Carice (right) because they were blind from cataracts. The women recently received surgery at the Vision for the Poor partner eye hospital in Cap Haitian, Haiti. Betty will attend school for the first time.
Climb for Sight changed my life. I knew going into it that it would be a challenge to make it up the mountain and to raise the money and I looked forward to testing myself in both areas. The feeling I got from donating that much money to a charity was amazing and I found that people were surprisingly giving if you just ask. Then the climb came, and between seeing the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of Africa, meeting the incredibly humble people, and making it to the top of Kilimanjaro I was blown away! I dream of Africa often and hope to do it all again in the future! Thank you Pete and Doug for guiding me and making all of this possible.Jeff Lund