Two small toddlers are pictured on some grass. One, Wasswa, is standing with eyes open, wearing a brown jumpsuit. The other, Jamira, is sitting with her eyes closed, wearing a striped top and pink leggings. She is hunched over and does not look like she is supporting herself well.
Two small toddlers are pictured on some grass. One, Wasswa, is standing with eyes open, wearing a brown jumpsuit. The other, Jamira, is sitting with her eyes closed, wearing a striped top and pink leggings. She is hunched over and does not look like she is supporting herself well.
Two small toddlers are pictured on some grass. One, Wasswa, is standing with eyes open, wearing a brown jumpsuit. The other, Jamira, is sitting with her eyes closed, wearing a striped top and pink leggings. She is hunched over and does not look like she is supporting herself well.
Two small toddlers are pictured on some grass. One, Wasswa, is standing with eyes open, wearing a brown jumpsuit. The other, Jamira, is sitting with her eyes closed, wearing a striped top and pink leggings. She is hunched over and does not look like she is supporting herself well.

Please donate by 5pm Tuesday 26 November so your gift can be DOUBLED in value!

Jamira is being supported in a standing position on a hospital bed by her mother, Esther. She is smiling.

Why you are needed

In Uganda, when twins are born it's regarded as a blessing.

But when a family is already struggling to survive … and are told one of the babies needs an operation … it can be a difficult and challenging time. That's what little Jamira's family faced.

Her dad, Juma, works on a market stall selling beef, but earns very little. Mum, Esther, cares full-time for Jamira and her twin brother Wasswa. When Esther took Jamira to the doctor to ask why she never opened her eyes, she hoped for the best. But the operation Jamira needed was one Juma and Esther could never afford.

Your generosity can give HOPE to a family like Jamira's.

The great news is that your gift is DOUBLED so your help stretches twice as far for children in desperate need. Donations received by 26 November will be DOUBLED by some generous CBM supporters, up to $250,000!

Close up of Jamira. The cataracts in her eyes, particularly the eye on the left of the photo, are clearly visible.

Cataracts affect children most

Esther first knew something was wrong with Jamira when she noticed her baby daughter rarely opened her eyes.

The village elders told Esther she and Juma should just accept Jamira's condition. But the two brave parents would not accept blindness for their little girl. They took her to doctors, who explained Jamira had cataracts.

Because a child grows so quickly, if cataracts are not treated straightaway the brain stops developing correctly when it doesn't receive input from the eyes and the effect can be irreversible. This means the child may miss out on school, and be trapped in the cycle of poverty and disability forever.

This is why your action for a child with cataracts like Jamira is URGENT.

Close up photo of Jamira sitting on someone's lap (person is not visible). She is wearing a blue striped top and has her hand to her mouth. The cataracts in her eyes are clearly visible.

Imagine the joy you will give this Christmas

What is a family living in poverty supposed to do?

No matter how much they scrimp and save, there will simply never be enough money for the operation, and ongoing treatment, their child needs.

If they borrow money from a local money-lender, the interest rates are so high the money can never be paid back, and they could lose everything. Having a child who is blind means a parent will always need to be with that child, and family income is lost. That affects other children in the family too.

That's why your help to restore a child's sight is vital to help END the cycle of disability and poverty.

DONATE NOW! Your Christmas gift is DOUBLED