Serkie at home with her husband, Ali, and her daughter, Hayte, after eye surgery.
SAFE from trachoma
Back in May and June we told you about Serkie… a young mom in Ethiopia struggling with trachoma, a highly contagious and painful eye disease.
“I’m so happy about what you did for me and my family… the pain in my eyes is gone and I do not have to be afraid of going blind anymore. I know how to prevent re-contracting the disease and how to make sure our children don’t get infected,” said Serkie with a smile.
And she’s not the only one. You gave enough:
- To give 4,447 moms and dads sight-saving surgery
- To build 8 pit latrines
- To give 3,500 people access to safe, clean water
- To teach 11,562 children and families how to prevent and treat trachoma
Free from River Blindness…
In January we told you about the daily fear of 18 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. The fear of River Blindness. You listened and responded.
You stopped the fear, the unrelenting itch and eventual loss of sight from River Blindness for 134,553 people.
Surgery – to stop moms and dads from going blind
Antibiotics – to keep kids from getting the trachoma infection in the first place
Facial Cleansing – Clean water and hygiene education – clean eyes are healthy eyes
Environmental Improvements – latrines, garbage disposal, capped wells to keep a community healthy