Meet Sua | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

Meet Sua

There was nothing wrong with nine-year-old Sua's eyes. We first met him while working in Samoa and treating his blind father,Toese for cataracts.

At just 39, Toese was completely reliant on Sua to get around, eat and go to the toilet. Sua was his dad's eyes and was forced to stay home, watching with longing as his brothers and sisters headed off to school each day.

Thanks to our supporters, a simple 20-minute surgery changed everything.

When Toese's eye bandages came off, there were smiles all round. He could see the world and his loved ones again! And Sua? He is finally attending school for the first time, studying as hard as he can for a hopeful future.

Giving someone back their sight is a life-changing gift for themselves, their families and even their community. When you help someone see again, you're also freeing the people forced to look after them, including children and grandchildren.

No one should have to sacrifice their childhood because of blindness that's completely curable.

Please help us to give more blind people like Toese back their sight, and help their families towards a positive, independent future. Make a donation today.

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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