Light for the World is a European confederation of national development NGOs committed saving eyesight, improving the quality of life and advocating for the rights of person with disabilities in the underprivileged regions of our world – irrespective of gender, origin, ethnic descent or religion.
Prevention of Blindness and Restoring of Eye Sight is the most important sector focus in the programmatic work of Light for the World. With its engagement Light for the World contributes to the elimination of avoidable blindness in the context of the international initiative ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’ in poor regions, targeting marginalised and neglected people without access to medical eye care and rehabilitation. Light for the World aims to be considered a competent and flexible partner in the planning, implementation and evaluation of initiatives set in this area.
Light for the World commits itself to the task of creating new prospects for persons with disabilities, to increase mobility with the help of devices, as well as to start initiatives that will provide education and income. Another objective is to raise awareness on inclusion of persons with disabilities in their family and social environment. This is an important basis for inclusion and for the autonomy and self-determination of persons with disabilities. Raising public awareness on the situation of persons with disabilities in developing countries forms an important part of our work.
Light for the World has chosen 6 priority countries and 9 more programme countries to focus its work – Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Mozambique, Rwanda and Southern Sudan. In addition Light for the World is active in the following countries and regions: Kenya, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Northeast India, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Bolivia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Guiding principles in cooperation with partners in the developing world
- We support local partners in underprivileged regions of the world in their work with and for people who are blind, have other disabilities or are at risk of becoming disabled.
- We provide help irrespective of gender, ethnicity, or religion and in particular to very underprivileged groups, such as women, children, indigenous peoples and marginal groups in society.
- We act according to the needs of the people affected.
- Our programmes reach as many people as possible.
- We support programmes leading to sustainable strengthening and social inclusion of people who are blind or have other disabilities in their communities.
- We support programmes also in difficult periods and respond to current challenges with endurance, perseverance and flexibility.
- In our projects we apply efficient and economical use of funds and take into consideration principles of ecological and social sustainability and fair trade whenever possible.
- We enable a global exchange of experiences regarding effective and efficient concepts in the programme areas that we support.