• Meet the winners of the Her Abilities Award 2020

  • Meet the winners of the Her Abilities Award.

  • Support the right to education for every child!

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A young boy with an eye patch over his left eye is smiling into the camera. He wears a read sweater.
Today the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) launches the ‘Vision Atlas’. It gives the newest data on the enormous numbers of people impacted by sight loss around the world.
Three exceptional winners from Turkey, Nigeria and New Zealand – all under the age of 40 – have scooped the 2020 Her Abilities Award which honours excellence among women with disabilities.
“I’m afraid my family will starve,” Jean-Baptiste, a weaver from South-eastern Burkina Faso, told us. He and his wife are blind and lost their income during the crisis.
Light for the World is proud to share our disability inclusion expertise as part of this initiative, alongside Caritas and other partners.
A young Mozambican girl with cornrows wearing a white T-shirt and a big smile is embraced and held up by her mother. They are in an open courtyard.
Thanks to our donors and partners, we’ve turned a hard year into one of mutual support and kindness.
A group of eight women with disabilities gathers outside an office building in Burkina Faso. Two of the women have albinism.
This World Disability Day, we highlight the vital role that women play in making disability rights a reality.
A six-month-old baby boy looks to camera, smiling widely from his mother’s arms while she looks proudly at him. The mother wears a loose, ornate green cloth over her head. Both are indoors, possibly at a clinic in Tanzania following the baby’s cataract surgery.
Early childhood education is a smart investment. If governments and donors boost funding to it, the result would be a win for everyone.

Our top successes in 2019

Number of treatments given to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases icon
12,583,000
Number of treatments given to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases
Number of people reached icon
1,236,000
Number of people reached
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68,000
Eye surgeries performed
Persons with disabilities who received rehab wheelchair icon
45,000
Persons with disabilities who received rehabilitation
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15,000
Livelihood and empowerment activities
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14,000
Children with disabilities who received an education

Testimonials

Ronald Boef
Ronald Boef
Ambassador, top-10 blind golf players in the world

I realise that I am privileged compared to other people with a visual impairment. I had the chance to make my dreams come true. Peers in developing countries deserve the same opportunities.

Wouter Verboon
Wouter Verboon
optometrist

What would thousands of people in developing countries be without LIGHT FOR THE WORLD reaching out to them with eye care, education and rehabilitation? I have seen myself how these people are discriminated and marginalised.

Ron Mccallum
Ronald McCallum
Vice-Chairperson of the UN-Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, Senior Australian for the Year 2011

I am truly honoured to be an Ambassador for LIGHT FOR THE WORLD. My concerns for persons with disabilities are that our human rights and inherent dignity are respected by all.

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