Cesaria was one of these people we were able to help.
Blind from birth, Cesaria’s chances of surviving until her fifth birthday would have been slim. Unable to look after a blind child, Cesaria’s parents abandoned her soon after she was born. Thankfully, her grandmother Veronica stepped in to raise her instead. Veronica was the driving force in making sure Cesaria got the medical attention she needed. However, with only US$4 a day to live on, Veronica couldn’t afford the vital surgery that would give Cesaria back her sight. This is where our local partners stepped in. Burundi’s only paediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Levi, performed Cesaria’s much-needed operation. It was just in time – the older children are, the harder it is to save their sight. For Cesaria, restoring her sight at such a young age gives her the chance to develop and experience childhood just like any other little girl.
Let’s end avoidable blindness together
Many people are blind because they don’t have access to quality and affordable eye health. Since The Foundation started 31 years ago, we’ve restored sight to more than 3 million people – often with a simple, 20 minute operation.
The world needs your generosity
The Fred Hollows Foundation delivers eye care services to people living in remote areas around the world. Your donation is very important to help us achieve our goal. Your donation will restore sight and change lives. Thanks so much for your generosity!