What We Do | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

Tag term summary

  • Mere

    Globally, women account for over 60% of all those who are blind. Donate Now Mere was one of these women living with vision loss. Over six years her sight was slowly taken from her by dense cataracts—something that could have been avoided if she simply had access to eye care sooner.

  • Charlie

    Being blind in the Pacific is extremely dangerous. You can help change this. Donate Now Five years ago, Charlie developed cataracts in both eyes. Once outgoing and energetic, he became a shadow of his former self, ashamed and guilty that he could no longer take care of his family.

  • Jesse

    4 out of 5 people who are blind don’t have to be. You can help change this. Donate Now Jesse lives on a tiny, remote island in the Pacific. As a village chief and passionate gardener, he was very proud that, at 74, he could make a living and provide for his large family from all the food he grows.

  • Ofa

    Your gift can give sight and independence back to people like Ofa Donate Now Ofa is a proud woman who has always been determined to look after herself, but when cataracts robbed her of her sight, she felt like a burden on her family.

  • Fred changed the world, so can you!

    Fred had a vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind. Donate Now The late Professor Fred Hollows, was an internationally renowned eye surgeon and humanitarian who was determined that all people should have access to high quality and affordable eye care no matter who they are or where they live.

  • Solomone

    A proud man’s sight and dreams restored Solomone is a devoted family man whose job as a fisherman allows him to provide food and shelter for his loved ones. But when cataracts took away his sight they also robbed him of his ability to support his family. Solomone lives in the Pacific where there are no eye doctors who can perform the operation to remove cataracts even if he could afford it.

  • Floyd

    It Should Never Have Gotten So Grim Floyd, just 21 years old, was helping to build a house when he got a splinter in his eye. It could happen to anyone – and here in New Zealand, he would have gone to a doctor and had the injury attended. But Floyd lives in Vanuatu, where his family relies on his strong back and his cheerful nature. There was no money for a doctor, and no eye doctor in the region anyway.

  • Raj and Preti

    The difference between blindness and joy Raj, 75, is a grandmother. A proud, capable woman, she worked her entire life to care for her family. When cataracts slowly robbed her of her sight, she should have been able to seek treatment immediately. But Raj lives in Fiji. It is difficult to access eyecare even if they had the money.

  • Valentina

    Valentina can finally see her grandchildren Loss of her eyesight ruined this grandmother’s life. Three years ago, cataracts developed in both of Valentina’s eyes and she became blind. This left her completely dependent on her daughter to do everything - including going to the toilet.

  • Keeping Fred's dream alive

    Kiwi eye surgeon Fred Hollows had a vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind. He was driven by a deeply held conviction that everyone has the right to sight no matter who they are or where they live.

  • Training eye health workers

    Like Fred, we provide doctors and nurses in developing countries with the skills and tools they need to restore sight in their own communities. The Pacific Islands are spread over thousands of kilometres and there are simply not enough eye health workers to reach everyone in need. The situation is just as critical in Timor-Leste, where there are three eye doctors serving a population of more than one million people.

  • Ending avoidable blindness

    Kiwi eye surgeon and humanitarian Fred Hollows had a vision of ending avoidable blindness. He worked tirelessly to restore sight to the needlessly blind in developing countries and trained hundreds of local eye doctors to do the same. Making Fred’s vision a reality An estimated 39 million people around the world today are blind. But four out of five people who are blind don't have to be, their condition is treatable or preventable.

  • Developing local leaders

    Our ultimate goal is to put ourselves out of a job. To achieve this we must develop and support local leaders who are passionate about eye health in their own communities. We identify potential leaders, provide them with mentoring, and support them towards further education. A number of Foundation-trained eye doctors and nurses have recently taken up leadership positions in their home countries. Like so many of our graduates, they are following in Fred's footsteps and creating a world where everyone can access the eye care they need.