Inclusive education enrollment on the rise
Light for the World strives for an inclusive society where children with and without disabilities enjoy equal chances and opportunities. Establishing educational systems which include children with disabilities is crucial to reaching this vision. Our dedication to the goal of leaving no child behind is reflected in the increasing number of beneficiaries in our education programmes: Last year, the number of children with disabilities whom we enabled to attend school increased by nearly 20 percent in comparison to the previous year. More than 9,000 children with disabilities in developing countries are enrolled in schools thanks to our programmes and are now getting an education, making friends and learning important skills for an independent future.
Children with disabilities are among the most socio-economically vulnerable groups on our planet: 9 out of 10 of them are estimated to be out of school due to lacks of appropriate infrastructure, teacher training, or awareness on the part of their parents.
Our programmes reached 1.1 million people
In total, 1.1 million people with disabilities in Africa, South America, Asia, and Oceania benefitted from our programmes in 2016. We enabled 52,000 cataract and 28,000 trachoma surgeries, restoring or preserving the eyesight of tens of thousands. Blindness can also be prevented through antibiotics: Light for the World distributed 10 million doses to heal eye infections like trachoma. Moreover, 62,000 spectacles were delivered to people with uncorrected refrective errors.
All of these achievements would not have been possible without your support - here is a big thank you to our friends, supporters, donors, and partners!