More than 2.2 billion people globally are visually impaired, and more than 1 billion people are living with vision problems because they do not get the care they need. 

The problem is aggravated by the spread of COVID-19. The economic downturn has made it even harder for visually impaired and blind patients to afford simple operations and treatments.

The sight of 13-year-old boy Alexcis from the Philippines has deteriorated and he has become more and more quiet and withdrawn.

For the past two years, the 13-year-old has determinedly gone to school, but can only sit in class and listen.

Cataracts in both eyes have left him unable to read and write. The family started to realise there was a problem.

When Alexcis eats he has to feel where the plate is and where the food is. He can no longer see it. 

The family’s home on Siargao Island is a three-hour boat ride from the mainland city of Surigao del Norte where the nearest eye surgeon works. The family can barely afford the transport cost and the surgery. 

Fortunately a school health workers, who had been trained by The Foundation, and arranged a screening for Alexcis. 

The family was elated that Alexcis' eyes could be treated with two simple 40-minute surgeries. All the costs were covered by The Fred Hollows Foundation. 

Once they arrive at the hospital Alexcis eyes are checked and he’s taken into surgery.

When the patches are removed and the nurse checks his eyes, it is clear he can see well. 

When he leaves the hospital Alexcis looks around excitedly, pointing out all of the things he can see – the sky, the birds and the green fields. "I can see everything now!" he says. 

"I am excited to go back to school.”

Why is it important to save sight?

Blindness is more than a health issue. It is also a social and economic problem.  It is especially difficult for patients living in poverty and remote areas to seek medical help. 

Some patients may not have enough understanding of eye diseases which can be treated easily, such as cataract, trachoma and refractive errors. The expensive treatment and transport cost may deter some patients from going to see a doctor. 

It can also be challenging for hospitals and clinics to provide simple eye services to patients. There may not be enough experienced medical staff and the facilities have to depend on ad hoc visits of eye professionals from outside their area. Insufficient equipment and modern technology also make it hard to provide regular and stable eye services.  

Your donation changes lives

The Fred Hollows Foundation estimates that every $1 invested in ending avoidable blindness can create four times economic benefits.

Your monthly donation will create bigger impacts:

  • A monthly donation of HKD180 can restore sight to one patient each month
  • A monthly donation of HKD200 can help to set up an eye screening camp in a remote area
  • A monthly donation of HKD250 can help train an eye surgeon to perform as many as 1,000 operations each year


  • Is my donation tax deductible?

    Yes! A receipt is available for donations of HKD100 or more.

  • Will I get a receipt?

    Yes! For one-off donations, we will email donation receipts immediately. Receipts for monthly donations will be mailed in April every year.

  • What will my donation be used for?

    Your donation could be used to restore someone’s sight, but it may also go towards a range of other program activities like training surgeons or eye health workers. All of the work we do aims to build capacity in developing countries to create sustainable public eye health systems so your donation will help thousands of people in their communities into the future. 

  • What methods of payment are accepted?

    We welcome the use of Visa、Mastercard、American Express and Union Pay. You can use PayPal and credit cards for one-off donations.  You can also use credit cards or direct debit for monthly donations.

  • How do I update my details?

    Please get in touch with [email protected] with the subject line ‘updating my personal details’ or call 852 3614 6240. Our Supporter Services team will be able to help you with this.

  • Are there any other donation methods?

    You can also make the donation by the following methods:

    ONE-OFF Donation.
    By Cheque:
    Please make the cheque payable to “The Fred Hollows Foundation (HK) Limited” together with the donation form and send to us at Room 811 8/F Office Plus @Prince Edward, 794-802 Nathan Road, Kowloon Hong Kong
    By Bank Direct Transfer:
    Please deposit the donation to our account at HSBC 848-423240-001. To obtain an official receipt, please post your bank transfer receipt together with the donation form to our office or email to [email protected] 

    By Credit Card
    Please fill in the donation form and send to us at Room 811 8/F Office Plus @Prince Edward, 794-802 Nathan Road, Kowloon Hong Kong or email to  [email protected] 
    Monthly Donation
    Credit card  / Direct debit authorisation: Please fill in the monthly donation form and send to us at Room 811 8/F Office Plus @Prince Edward, 794-802 Nathan Road, Kowloon Hong Kong or email to [email protected] 

Thank you very much for your donation!
Your one-off donation receipt is on the way but mail service may be delayed because of the pandemic.
Your monthly donation receipt will be delivered to you in April every year.
Please contact us if you have any questions.