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“I always pray for the donors that have supported me. I hope Islamic Relief Waqf can continue with this kind of project to help the very poor people who live in this area.”

In remote areas of northern Bangladesh, many people are without homes and income, education opportunities are rare and access to clean water and sanitation is limited. Life is hard enough, but for the approximately 40,000 people who live in this area who are either completely blind or severely visually impaired, life is extremely difficult and frustrating.

With extended exposure to sunlight, dust, waste materials, and chemicals, many people suffer from serious eyesight problems. The country has one of the highest rates of people living with untreated cataracts and without treatment and knowledge of preventable techniques, it’s easy to understand how so many remain unnecessarily blind.

In order to look after them, other family members have to make sacrifices. Sometimes children will drop out of school or adults will have to give up their jobs, contributing to the cycle of never-ending poverty.

In remote areas, eye treatment facilities can be around 50-60km away, and most cannot even afford the journey there. let alone the cost of treatment.

We implemented a project to improve the eyesight of 825 people through cataract screening and primary eye care. We also held awareness sessions for around 1,000 people, teaching them about appropriate hygiene routines, how to prevent and cure certain eye issues, and how to overcome everyday issues.

Hasem’s Blindness story

Hasem used to make a living from pulling a rickshaw, but when his eyesight started to deteriorate, he had a few accidents which cost him his job. He tried to earn some money by doing odd household jobs, but he told us that people didn’t want to hire him due to his poor vision.

“I have problems with both of my eyes. Everything is smoggy for me, I have blindness” said Hasem.

“I often fall over in roads and other places.”

He was unable to move, walk, or do anything without help. His son, 14, had to drop out of school so that he could look after his father, whilst his wife worked as a maid to ensure the family had an income.

Since having his cataract operations, Hasem’s life has drastically changed. He was delighted to be able to go back to his work.

“My life has radically changed since the operation. Before, I was blind and helpless,” said Hasem. “I couldn’t help my family financially. Now I can see well and I can support them again. They’re very happy.”

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Visually impaired or blind people are forced to give up their jobs and become reliant upon their families to help them get dressed, to eat, and to wash. Many feel that their life is meaningless.

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“I always pray for the donors that have supported me. I hope Islamic Relief Waqf can continue with this kind of project to help the very poor people who live in this area.”