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Your gift can change the picture for someone going needlessly blind

In the world’s poorest places children like Bandana are facing permanent blindness from cataracts. Without sight, they will often struggle to learn how to read and write, be unable to follow their dreams, and might be unable to live independently as they grow up.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Sight-saving cataract surgery costs as little as $33 — and you can help fund it.
For years, generous people like you have helped give the gift of sight and change lives, but we need your support to reach even more people going needlessly blind. Please will you extend your generosity to someone like Bandana today?

Why your gift matters

Many families living in poverty simply can’t afford to pay for the surgery, and sadly, if a child’s cataracts aren’t removed in time, there will be no way to restore their sight.
A sight-saving cataract operation can cost as little as $33 and takes just 12 minutes. By donating today, you can help prevent someone from going needlessly blind.

Bandana and her mom sitting on the ground in Nepal.
Bandana and her mom sitting on the ground in Nepal.

More than sight

Giving the gift of sight means much more than just restoring vision. For children like Bandana, seeing means they can learn to read and write, attend school, and live independently in the future. Without sight, it’s extremely hard for someone like Bandana to work, support themselves and help their family.

That’s why your gift is truly life-changing.

Did you know?

8 in 10 cases of
vision impairment are
avoidable.

9 in 10 people who are
visually impaired live in
developing countries.

Cataracts are one of the
leading causes
of vision
impairment globally.

With $33 today, you can help give someone the gift of sight.

Give the gift of sight every month

You can help give someone the gift of sight every single month by setting up
a regular gift. It’s quick, easy, and a powerful way to help us restore vision to
even more people in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Yes, you can! Find out how you can fundraise with family, friends, your church or work colleagues to give Miracles to those who desperately need their sight restored.

A Miracle is a $33 gift that gives someone blind from cataracts the 12-minute surgery needed to restore their sight.

Blindness to sight in 12-minutes… a Miracle.

*On occasion very small children will need anaesthetic with cataract surgery, the cost for cataract surgery including anaesthetic is $230.

In 2023, for every dollar given to CBM Australia, 74 cents supported field programs and 21 cents generated funds to support future programs, leaving 5 cents to deliver accountability and administration.

CBM and our field partners run inclusive eye health programs around the world funding eye health work in:

  • Bangladesh
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Nigeria
  • Nepal
  • Kenya 

Yes! Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. For more information read our terms below:

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Bandana looking away from the camera.