Orbis tackles avoidable sight loss with latest appeal

‘See My Future’, Orbis’ latest appeal, launched today in an effort to reduce avoidable sight loss in Nepal which is acting as a barrier to education for approximately 300,000 children.

Nepalese children are dropping out from school due to treatable issues such as refractive errors, cataracts and strabismus, impeding their ability to see the blackboard, textbooks and their teachers. In some cases, children are also leaving school to care for an adult with sight loss.

The money raised via the appeal, which will be matched by the UK government, will go directly towards expanding Orbis’s project in Nepal which screens and treats children with sight loss, enabling them to attend school and face a brighter future.

“With a simple eye exam and a pair of glasses, a child’s life can be transformed,” says Rebecca Cronin, Orbis UK CEO. “Clear sight opens up a future of possibilities – children can return to school, play with their friends and contribute to society, breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Find out more about the appeal.

Penny Appeal supporting Kenyan mothers and babies with latest appeal

Penny Appeal is looking to support some of the most vulnerable mothers and babies in Kenya, where maternal mortality rates are some of the highest in the world, through its ‘Fragile Lives’ campaign.

Public donations, which will be matched by the UK government, will help support over 400,000 people access better medical services, maternal healthcare, child nutrition and screening services.

Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO says: “We are overjoyed to be working closely with the UK government to facilitate real and positive change for mothers and babies, which will help determine the strength and success of future generations.”

Find out more about the appeal here.

‘Team Mum’ to support new mothers in Kenya

Mums across the UK have joined forces with Child.org to fund pregnancy support groups in Kenya through the ‘Team Mum’ appeal, which launched on 1 February.

As well as funding support groups, the ‘Team Mum’ appeal hopes to spread the message that all new mums, wherever they are, should receive the latest health advice and necessary peer support systems to keep their babies safe

“Team Mum is a hugely ambitious campaign for a small charity like Child.org, and to see the UK parenting community throw themselves behind this cause has been truly humbling,” says Thomas Muirhead, CEO of Child.org. “The pregnancy support groups we’re funding through Team Mum will provide a lifeline of support and vital health information for new mums.”

As a UK Aid Match appeal, every pound donated to the appeal will be doubled by the UK government.

For more information or to donate to ‘Team Mum’, visit the website.