Fresh hope for Malawi's poor after CBM appeal raises £2.8m
A fundraising appeal by Christian Blind Mission in 2020 raised an enormous £2,882,712 to help people in the world’s poorest places See the Way to a brighter future. The appeal was launched online by Diane Louise Jordan.
The funds raised will help people with sight problems access sight-saving surgery, glasses and support, enabling them to go to school, get around safely and support themselves and their families. Worldwide, an incredible three out of four people who are blind don’t need to be.
As well as donations from generous UK individuals, the fundraising total includes £1,320,921 of match funding from the UK Government. This match funding will enable CBM to launch an ambitious new three-year programme to improve access to sight-saving eye-health services in Malawi, Southern Africa.
Dr Vincent Moyo (right) is an eye surgeon at Nkhoma Eye Hospital in Malawi, a long-term partner of CBM who will be working with the charity to deliver the project.
“Thanks to the incredible generosity of CBM supporters in the UK and the match funding from the UK Government, we’re now looking at ways to broaden our plans for the See the Way project so that more people in Malawi, particularly in rural areas, will have improved access to vital eye health services.
“Because of the amazing funds raised, this project will be able to train even more eye health workers and provide more equipment to health centres than we originally hoped. This support is needed now more than ever, due to the challenges of Coronavirus, which has prevented people from being able to access treatment for eye conditions in the last year.
“We thank you so much for all of your support – with your help we will be able to reach out to many more people with vision problems in Malawi and help them access treatment.”