Cataracts - Kenya

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Cataracts - Kenya

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Give the miracle of sight to Bungoma County, Western Kenya – which has a population of over 1.7 million – and no fully functioning eye hospital!

People who need eye care have to travel 60-100kms for specialist eye treatment. That is a journey of many hours on public transport, and the fare is just too expensive for most Kenyans. Sadly, many in the county are forced to go without treatment.

For this reason, there are many children and adults in Bungoma County living with avoidable blindness.

For children, blindness means they are unable to participate in most activities, and most are unable to attend school. Their future is bleak. Many become depressed and isolated, having to rely on others for care their entire lives.

For adults, blindness can mean unemployment, and dependence on others – often it means their children must drop out of school to provide care or bring in an income. It sentences whole generations to deep and hopeless poverty.

It is sad to think of all this pain and suffering in Bungoma County, when here in New Zealand we have the benefit of good healthcare. For us, avoidable blindness is usually picked up and treated early.

THE NEED

Over 43% of Kenya’s population lives in poverty. Western Kenya in particular has a high proportion of people living in poverty who face significant health challenges including eye diseases and conditions such as cataracts.

There are few hospitals in Western Kenya and they are situated too far away for many people seeking treatment for eye diseases such as cataracts and uncorrected refractive errors. The cost of transportation is unaffordable for vulnerable people who live in poverty particularly those with disabilities, children and the elderly.

Locating an eye clinic with a hospital in Malaha will improve access to much needed eye care. The provision of a vehicle will also improve eye health and prevent blindness by making screening and follow up possible for the most vulnerable.

WHAT YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT CAN HELP FUND

Supporting the eye care programme of the Kingdom Faith Based Hospital in Western Kenya by supporting in the following activities:

  • Construction of an eye unit (including eye care professionals, building and equipment) to provide daily eye care services.
  • Providing a wide range of eye care services including surgeries, medication for conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, eye infections and allergies and the provision of glasses.
  • Resourcing the clinic with eye care consumables.
  • Supporting outreach eye clinics to provide services to hard to reach people living in poverty within rural villages.

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Frequency

One-off, Every Week, Every 2 Weeks, Every 4 Weeks, Every Month, Quarterly, Annually

Zakayo

You will be helping turn blindness into sight for people like Zakayo…

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:14.

Zakayo lives in Bungoma County, Western Kenya. He is a healthy and energetic father and grandfather. Until a few years ago, he was still able to help provide for his family through farming, poultry and animal rearing. He was also a preacher in his local church.

But when his eyesight began to deteriorate rapidly due to growing cataracts, his life took a turn for the worst. He could no longer see.

He became depressed and isolated at home. He could not read his Bible or lead the congregation. This was a huge loss for him, his family and his congregation. He was unable to help provide for his family, and as is often the situation in rural areas of developing countries like Kenya, people in his village even tried to take over his land! Zakayo began to lose hope…

But God still had plans for him!

Thankfully, he was one of the lucky few to be referred to the cbm-funded Kingdom Faith Based Hospital, where he received the miracle of sight-saving cataract surgery.

The operation was a success and, the day after taking off his eye patch, Zakayo could see again! He was over-joyed and especially when his sight continued to improve after the surgery.

Your gift today will help save more people like Zakayo in Bungoma County from living with avoidable blindness.

Zakayo’s life has been completely transformed. He promises to be a worthy ambassador for The Kingdom Faith Based Hospital, and to spread the joy of receiving sight-saving cataract surgery so that avoidable blindness can be eliminated in his local community, and then in the next community, and so on, and so on, until the people of Bungoma County know they can have their sight restored, and receive quality eye health services at The Kingdom Faith Based Hospital.

In Zakayo’s own words “…God had brought the joy back into my life! He has bought Heaven to Earth for me!”

But right now there are many others like him who are in desperate need of sight-saving surgery in Bungoma County. It is hard to imagine this ever happening in New Zealand. But it’s common-place in countries like Kenya, where access to quality eye health services is limited or non-existent. If left untreated, people like Zakayo become a burden to their families and lose hope in their future.

But there is a solution, thanks to generous people like you.