Empowering women through eye health education

Amita lived the typical life of a young woman in Tokha Saraswati village in Nepal. Married at the age of 19, she kept busy taking care of her family. She had dreams of a rewarding career serving her community as a nurse, but her family couldn’t afford for her to go to school. The opportunity to become a community health worker gave Amita the fulfilment she always wanted. She is so happy that it allows her to help people in her community. She’s educated people to understand that superstitions do not affect health issues.

Also, she’s helped them learn what they need to do to look after their own eye health. She has become a respected expert in the area where she lives. “Now whenever people have problems with their eyes, they come to me for a solution,” she says proudly. Your generous support provides training and fulfilling opportunities for women to make a huge difference in their communities! 

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Operation Eyesight is a Calgary-based international development organization working to prevent blindness and restore sight around the world. Last week for International Women’s Day, they celebrated the whole week leading up to March 8th by sharing the stories of women whose lives were changed thanks to donor support. These stories included community health workers and patients who received sight-saving surgery. Community health workers live and work in the community and are trained to go door-to-door to screen every household for eye health issues and refer patients to a vision centre or hospital for treatment. In the world today, 253 million people are blind or visually impaired, but 80 per cent don’t have to be. An eye exam and a pair of eyeglasses, or a simple cataract surgery, are often all that is needed to restore someone’s sight. That’s why Operation Eyesight is working to provide quality eye care services to all, regardless of gender, age, race, financial means or other personal circumstances.