Solomon Islands | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • Luke

      Meet, Luke, a wonderful man in his seventies who had been blind for over 20 years until The Fred Hollows Foundation restored his sight.

  • Meet Angella

    We first met Angella on a surgical outreach to the Solomon Islands. At the time, she had been cataract blind for two years, and was being helped tentatively from a little motor boat by our team in Honiara. After two years of isolation, Angella relied heavily on her children and grandchildren to do everything for her --feed her, bring her water and take her to the bathroom. Desperate for help, Angella chose to make the daunting boat trip from her remote village.

  • Platini

    Platini was born with cataracts. His cataracts were becoming dense, stealing what little sight he had, and with it, his childhood and his future. By the age of eight he could only see as far as one metre away. He could no longer read easily or see the blackboard, and was quickly falling behind his classmates.

  • Solomon Islands surgical outreach August 2012

  • Skolastika

    18-year-old Skolastika can now live life to the full – playing basketball with her friends, going to school and helping her family on the farm – thanks to our generous supporters throughout New Zealand. Skolastika lives in an isolated village on the east coast of Makira Island, a remote island in the Solomon Islands. She lives a simple life. Her parents are subsistence farmers and Skolastika helps out when she can.

  • 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.

  • Solomon Islands

    The original home of the Pacific Eye Institute, The Foundation has long standing and effective programs established in the Solomon Islands including several local leaders who advocate for eye health in the nation.