Jesse | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ


Give people the chance to see again

Give people the chance to see again

4 out of 5 people who are blind don’t have to be. You can help change this.

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.

All this changed when Jesse developed severe cataract blindness. Unable to care for his beloved garden or even himself, he became frustrated and sad, humiliated at being fully dependent upon his family.

Then Jesse received news that a Fred Hollows Foundation surgical outreach team was going to arrive on the main island of Vanuatu. Desperate for a chance to see again Jesse climbed into a boat and made the long journey to Port Vila with the help of one of his children.

Thanks to the support of someone just like you, Jesse was able to have the surgery to restore his sight. Just 24 hours after his surgery, the bandages were ready to be removed.

Blinking and nervous, he opened his eyes. The blurriness gradually became clear and he could see! Jesse’s sadness fell away and he could not stop laughing and smiling.

“Thank you to the people in New Zealand! Now I can see again!”

We work to make eye health care within reach for every man, women and child throughout the Pacific. No one should have to be needlessly blind because they don’t have access to eye care.

Please donate today to give someone like Jesse the chance to see again.

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What we can do

Help keep Fred’s dream alive.

4 out of 5 people who are blind in the developing world don't need to be. Routine treatment costing as little as $25 can restore sight and hope.

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