Sightsavers is an international charity that recently unrolled a social media campaign aimed at showing the world the successes and hopes of the visually impaired and blind people they help in India. The charitable organization decided to use the Twitter hashtag, #UnfoldTheirDreams in order to spread the word. The stories are told from the perspective of the people whose lives have been changed by the charity and help to demonstrate why the organization has been around for almost seven decades with countless volunteers supporting its cause.
Sightsavers has been working in thirty different countries and has been in India for over 50 years. The charity works to discover eye diseases early on so it can help people before they become permanently blind. Part of their mission revolves around spreading awareness of how eye infections and conditions can be prevented. They also perform eye surgery and have helped many people to see who could not before the surgery took place. On top of all of this, the charity works with people who have eye disease or other eye-related maladies so they can integrate into society easier.
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Sightsavers intervenes when it hears stories about people who have suffered because of an eye and visual impairments. One of the people the charity helped was a little girl by the name of Simpi. At just ten years of age, Simpi had never attended school because of her visual impairments. By offering Simpi an education through its Inclusive Education Program, she now goes to a school with other kids from her village and has a Braille reader as well as school books with very large print. Her village was very inspired by her story and are very happy that she passed her school exams.
While Sightsavers works with many people to help restore their vision, they also step in and help out when they can’t do so. Many people have been trained to live happy and healthy lives through the offerings of the charity. One example was a man named Anam who felt like he was just weighing his family down. Sightsavers came in and helped Anam to learn how to take care of essential tasks by himself. After his training, he was able to start up his own ice cream vendor business and now earns enough money to help take care of his family. Sightsavers expects to continue to help to make the lives of people who suffer from blindness and other eye maladies brighter and happier going into the future.