Restoring Sight to the Cataract-Blinded Impoverished People in East Africa

The life limiting disease is the leading cause of blindness around the world, taking eyesight of some 20 million people.

But cataracts, which are caused when a protein slowly builds up and clouds the eye’s lens, leading to blurred vision and eventually blindness is actually easily treatable. After a 10 minutes’ surgery, the vast majority of patients will regain their sight.

However, barriers to treatment are significant. In many corners of the globe, the $150 surgery represents a small fortune – if it is offered at all in local hospitals.

What We Are Doing to Help

United Hands Relief organizes Cataract Eye Surgeries Missions in countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. With the support of our donors, UHR covers the cost of these surgeries fully for 250 plus patients at a time. These missions are carries out multiple times a year.

After surgeries are performed, crowds of patients wait in the open air with bandages over their eyes. Normally patients have been patiently blind for months, or even years due to cataracts. Each of these patients had undergone a ten-minute surgery the day before to remove the cataracts and insert artificial lenses.

As the bandages come off, some patients cry, other dance in joy. Some hug the doctors, and others sit back in their seats in disbelief as they see the faces of their loved ones again.

Often in developed countries like USA, cataracts are usually removed before causing any serious damage to the eye or causing visual impairment. However, in developing nations, people often lose their sight, including children.

Today, with advanced modern surgeries, removing cataracts could be done quickly at any medical facility, not necessarily hospitals at a low cost. With the new techniques today, most patients go to have perfect vision the next day.

Our Goal

The project’s goal is to wipe out preventable blindness through developing countries in East Africa- countries already struggling with drought, famine, poverty, violence and conflict.

The cost of one surgery is $150.

Give them the gift of sight. Donate Now.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Italy, Spain and China are on lockdown, and the United States has declared a state of emergency.

As the infectious Coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, it presents a new threat to millions of vulnerable refugees in Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen and Rohingya.  Refugees who are already struggling to survive the horrors of conflict and poverty. Today we take a stand. It is vital that we protect the world’s most vulnerable people.

When Coronavirus reaches refugee camps – where millions of people have no access to medical care, hygiene, and nutrition, the virus is highly likely to spread rapidly. This will have devastating consequences for those with untreated respiratory illnesses, low immunity and other underlying health conditions.

United Hands Relief is committed to responding to this health emergency. Our primary goal is to protect displaced refugees, especially children. Through our teams and partners in the above mentioned countries, UHR will continue delivering life-saving food supplies and medical care to the vulnerable families we support who are at high risk.

But we can’t do this alone. Please donate today to our Protecting Refugees from Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fund. Any amount will help.

Together, we can fight this life-threatening crisis and protect our fellow brothers and sisters in refugee camps.

 

Help Save The Lives of Refugees Suffering Under The Cogs of Coronavirus

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Ongoing heavy rainfall has led to heavy flooding and destruction affecting Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. It is reported that 1 million people have been affected and displaced by the flooding so far in the region.

The effects have been devastating in a region that is normally affected by drought. Now, the Horn of Africa is facing another crisis. Already vulnerable communities have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.

Somalia

In Somalia, over 180,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to the flooding. The UN says most of those affected are from the central town of Beledweyne, where 3 people drowned last week.

Another 10 people died on Monday when a rescue boat capsized, leaving up to 20 others missing.

Kenya

An estimated 12,000 people have been displaced, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the country, and 29 people were killed. The agriculture industry was also hard hit, with over 10,000 livestock animals killed by the flooding.

South Sudan

Rains have devastated vast areas of South Sudan since July, according to a recent United Nations report.

The wet weather has made the humanitarian situation worse in a country where more than 3 million people were already in need of assistance.

United Hands Relief teams have assessed the situation on the ground. UHR is responding by delivering life-saving aid to the affected areas.

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As winter unfolds, refugees across the Middle East will soon encounter freezing temperatures. In Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Rohingya. United Hands Relief is distributing essential items to help people brave this winter.

Children are particularly vulnerable. Many are surviving in tents or makeshift shelters with little infrastructure to support them. Children are sleeping on cold grounds wearing light clothing, which can lead to serious health risks.

Many refugee families are struggling to keep warm with few resources and job opportunities. The cost of keeping a home adequately heated during the colder months is beyond their means.

What can you do to help?

United Hands Relief is in Palestine, Jordan, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Rohingya, and Bangladesh arranging to provide emergency humanitarian aid to refugees before temperatures plummet this winter, preparing them for what could be a harsh season. Emergency provisions including food packages, fuel operated heaters, fuel, warm clothing kits, and blankets will be distributed to vulnerable families who rely completely on this support.

$25 provides a warm clothing kit for one person
$50 provides two blankets and a fuel powered heater
$100 provides an Emergency Food Package for one family
$150 provides warm clothing kits, a fuel powered heater, and blankets for one family

With your help, we can save the lives of many refugees and bring an end to the suffering of innocent children. Our goal is to reach 1,000 families. Act Now!

Give the Gift of Warmth Today

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According to the UN, Rohingya children born In Bangladesh are not being registered at birth, lacking a legal identity.
Growing up in unstable conditions, with no possibility of study, these vulnerable children are at risk of becoming a lost generation.
UHR is responding to the Rohingya crisis by delivery life-saving assistance.
Children are our priority. If you wish to help us reach more children.

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In Yemen, your generous Zakat and sadaqah contributions are providing life-saving nutritious meals to poor, hungry and malnourished refugees in war torn Yemen. On your behalf, United Hands Relief teams on the ground are providing displaced families, orphans, the victims of war Ramadan food packages every day of the holy month. The food packages contain nutritious food items, including beans, rice, tuna, chicken, dates, and more.

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