Light for the World recognises that development and humanitarian work are sometimes carried out under dangerous and unsafe conditions. This Safety and Security Policy was developed to address the needs and concerns of the people engaged with Light for the World’s international programs and ensure the safest possible working environment.
Last year, in a world very different from today, we reached 1.24 million people with our work. The Impact Report 2019/2020 shows how we keep the most vulnerable people safe, strengthen health systems in our partner countries and to shape a better future for generations to come.
In the year 2018 we celebrated our 30th anniversary.
Over these three decades we have reached 13.7 million people in the poorest regions of the world, providing access to eye health, education, rehabilitation, and human rights to persons with disabilities.
Light for the World works to use its resources efficiently and to the greatest possible effect. As part of our efforts to attain maximum transparency, to work with integrity, and to prevent corruption, we have introduced an internal control system. All members of Light for the World and the Country Offices have their accounts audited/reviewed by independent external auditors. Our international members have been granted quality seals in several countries.
Light for the World is an international organisation specialising in inclusive development. Our goal is an inclusive society that is open to all and leaves no one behind.
Our association Light for the World International is made up of Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as core members and Belgium and The Netherlands as associate members.
Partnerships are of crucial importance and a necessary foundation for any successful and sustainable programme. Based on many years of experience, Light for the World is convinced that partnerships can be highly effective, can ensure the achievement of joint goals, can generate major improvements in human capacity, can bring about systemic change, and can give a greater voice to partners – if approached jointly and managed well.
Around 15% of the global population are persons with disabilities – 19.2% women and 12% men respectively – and in low-income countries the percentage is as high as 18%. With just over one billion people with disabilities and the still prevailing issues of discrimination and invisibility, it is evident that strong representation of persons with disabilities is needed.
Contrary to the universal principle of human rights, a significant percentage of the global population faces discrimination. Persons with disabilities are disproportionally affected by human rights violations and inequality.
Inclusive education transforms education systems in order to increase access, acceptance, participation and learning achievement of all children by removing barriers and enhancing the capacity of the education system to accommodate diversity. Inclusive education is about ensuring all children learn and flourish.
Our vision is to provide comprehensive eye health for those who need it most, by strengthening health care systems. We focus on regions where eye health is less developed and on the poorest and hardest to reach populations. Therefore, we aim to improve access to eye health services for people living in rural areas, people who are unable to afford services, women, persons with disabilities, and children.