The little girl clings to her mother’s skirt as they walk along the dirt road of their remote village in southern Nepal. Holding tightly to her mother or father is the only way she can get around.
Her name is Anjana. She was born blind. Her world is dark.
In many countries like Nepal, families prioritize their sons’ health and wellbeing over their daughters’. That’s just one of many reasons why 2 out of 3 of the world’s children suffering with blindness are girls.
DOUBLE MY IMPACTLuckily for Anjana, her parents believe she deserves a better future. At the urging of a neighbour, they take Anjana to the hospital.
On the way, Anjana’s mother worries that something will go wrong. “What will happen to Anjana?” she asks her husband. “She will be able to see. That is all that matters,” is his reply.
Anjana sits on her mother’s lap while the doctor examines her. He explains that she was born with cataracts. He also explains that he can help her see.
And that’s exactly what he does. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Anjana receives life-changing cataract surgery free of charge. Surgery her parents wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.
Now Anjana's future is full of potential
Now Anjana's future is full of potential. Like her father says, “Now that Anjana can see, she will be able to read and write. Now she can do whatever she likes. She will have a future.”
You can help girls like Anjana
The truth is, girls like Anjana don’t need our pity. They just need a chance.
Today, you can help twice as many girls see when your donation is matched. Your gift is an investment in their potential – with good vision, girls can go on to lead healthy, productive lives, and help lift their families, communities, and countries out of poverty. When girls succeed, we all succeed.
From now until December 31st, donations up to $2,500 will be matched to a maximum of $100,000. Please give generously.