The equipment

Each year hundreds of the children we work with need something as basic as a pair of glasses or hearing aids.

Two young boys wearing hearing aids in a classroomGlasses and hearing aids

In the developing world, if a child from a poor family is born extremely short-sighted and/or hard of hearing they will grow up to be - with all intents and purposes - deafblind. They may never learn to walk or talk and if there isn't much interaction with their families, they won't receive the mental or physical stimulation needed which is to development.

With glasses and hearing aids these children have the chance to lead a normal life.

Teddie walking with the aid of walking barsWalking bars

One of the commonest things we are asked to provide are walking bars.

If children spend the first three years of their lives sitting still or lying down, they will not developed the muscles they need to walk.

Often walking bars can be made very cheaply with local materials, and over time, they are amazingly effective as three-year-old Teddy (pictured right) proves.

Close of Namuganza with cataracts in his eyesCataract operations

A cataract operation can cost as little as £25; which is a pipedream to a Ugandan family living on 60p a day. That was the situation that Namuganza's family were in.

Her life has been transformed by the operation.



A smiling Rayhan being pushed in his wheelchair by his grandmotherWheelchairs

Occasionally we will help fund a wheelchair.

Rayhan, who is deafblind, also has cerebral palsy.As he got older he became too heavy for his grandmother, who looks after him, to carry.

With the wheelchair they were no longer housebound.

First published: Tuesday 19 November 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017