Restore sight to 200 villagers in rural Nigeria.

by Ben & Victoria Ononeze Foundation
Restore sight to 200 villagers in rural Nigeria.

Welcome to the third report of our project.

We thank you for your continued support for our project to Restore sight to 200 villagers in South Eastern Nigeria, whichprovides much needed general and specialist eye care services.

We have not been able to undertake outreach eye care because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has also impacted on our partner hospitals ability to accommodate charity work. We have started to plan for some eye screening sessions and cataract operations before the end of year.  We look forward to sharing the progress in future reports. 

We are arranging to start a medication maintenance programme, working with local health centres. The aim is to enable the poorest individuals to receive regular supplies of medications for mainly high blood pressure and diabetes, to help them maintain some level of control of these conditions.

The pandemic continues to affect disproportionally poor communities. So we have provided more small interest free loans (the other objective of our Foundation) to households who rely on daily incomes from petty trading or sell of goods from subsistence farming to feed their families, and people in low paid workers who have lost their jobs.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Please stay safe and keep well!

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Welcome to the second report of our project.

We start by thanking you for your continued support for our project to Restore sight to 200 villagers in South Eastern Nigeriawhich provides much needed general and specialist eye care services.

The continuing global Covid-19 pandemic means that we have been unable to undertake any outreach eye services. The ability of the hospitals we partner with to provide specialist eye care has also been limited by the impact of Covid-19.

We continue to direct our work on the other objective of our Foundation, which is to provide small interest free loans to households experiencing huge hardship made worse by Covid-19. As research has shown the pandemic affects disproportionally poor communities and households who rely on daily incomes from petty trading or sell of goods from subsistence farming to feed their families. People in low paid workers have also lost their jobs. We have issued loans of about £100 each (equivalent of 50,000 Naira in Nigerian currency) to additional 15 individuals since our last report in July 2020. We have also provided more food aid for distribution in communities.

We hope to restart the planning for eye screening sessions and arranging cataract operations early next year 2021, Covid-19 permitting.  We look forward to sharing the progress in our mission to restore sight with you soon.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Please stay safe and keep well!

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Photo 1: Eye screening during medical outreach
Photo 1: Eye screening during medical outreach

Restore sight to 200 villagers in rural Nigeria – Project ID 44482

We are excited and delighted to announce that with your help we have now raised £3,939 ($4795) for our project "Restore sight to 200 villagers in rural Nigeria". With this project and the wider free health care we provide in these villages, we will be able to provide much needed general and eye care services.

However, due to global Covid-19 pandemic preparations for cataract operations were paused.

In the meantime, our attention has focused on the other objective of our Foundation, which is to provide small interest free loans to households experiencing huge hardship made worse by Covid-19. Many households rely on daily incomes from petty trading or sell of goods from subsistence farming to feed their families, which has more or less stopped. Many low paid workers have lost their jobs. We have issued loans of about £50 to 20 individuals.

We have also provided food aid for distribution in communities. https://bavof.org/category/latest-news

We hope to restart the planning for eye screening sessions in the next couple of months to assess and identify individuals for cataract operations.  We look forward to sharing our progress in our mission to restore sight with you soon. 

Thank you so much for your continued support. Stay safe and keep well!

Photo 2: Some of the recipients of small loans
Photo 2: Some of the recipients of small loans

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Ben & Victoria Ononeze Foundation

Location: Ferryhill - United Kingdom
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Victoria Ononeze
Ferryhill, Durham United Kingdom
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