We give out glasses, walking sticks and hearing aids all over the world. To help older people see. To help them to hear. To them them to walk again.
'Eyesight is everything'
66 year-old U Myint Shwe loves to read with his grandson. 'Eyesight is everything,' he says. 'I only understood the value of vision when I lost it.'
If you are losing your eyesight to cataracts, you need an operation to restore your sight. For less severe conditions, a simple pair of glasses can make all the difference.
'Now I can work on my farm, I can plough my land; I can help my family to harvest. I can read to my grandchildren and help them to learn. It’s so perfect.'
'Now I can hear my granddaughter's cry'
We gave Saw Thar Sae, a 67-year-old farmer in Burma, a hearing aid. 'Now I can hear my granddaughter’s cry,' he says.
'We are going to visit neighbouring villages to carol sing tonight. Now I can sing songs and enjoy music again. I'm so happy to have this device.”
'Thank you for this walking stick'
Daw Mya Ichin is 81. 'I’ll use this to help me walk,' she says 'It will help me to bathe, walk around the house.'
'I'm so happy to get this! Tonight I'll say a prayer for you, a prayer that your life will be strong like this stick is strong.'
When disaster strikes
Those who have had to flee from a natural disaster or war are doing so in extremely pressured circumstances. They can barely escape with their lives, let alone with their possessions.
When they arrive at refugee camps, we make sure they have everything they need - including wheelchairs, walking sticks, glasses and hearing aids.
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