Abandoned at birth by her mother and father, Fatuma was left in the care of Gertrude, her maternal grandmother.
Now aged 3, she is much loved and cherished but sadly, every day is a struggle...
Grandmother Gertrude is everything to Fatuma. She plays the role of Fatuma’s mother and father at the same time. The bond between the two is evident. Fatuma crawls onto her grandmother’s lap and nestles there happily. Her near blind situation is what is disheartening.
Fatuma suffers from bilateral cataracts and was diagnosed at a Mengo Eye Hospital Outreach Clinic, but she is now waiting for her surgery.
She can barely move around. She cannot play with the other children and sometimes suffers abuse from them. She is unable to defend herself from their taunts... she simply sits there and cries.
Fatuma urgently needs your help. Without vital sight-saving surgery, her future is bleak and she has a high risk of not surviving her childhood! In low-income countries, 60% of children die within a year of going blind.
[Source: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.]
“I wish she could be helped in any way to receive her sight. She is already sickly and I do not have much to give her. If she can at least see where she is going, she will help herself and also help me in my old age,” Gertrude reveals.
Fatuma sits on her grandmother Gertrude’s knee during a visit from Simon, a cbm-partnered field worker. [photo right]
But there is hope for Fatuma. Through your monthly gifts, everything can change. Fatuma will be able to receive professional cataract surgery to restore her sight. Her grandmother could never afford to do this, but your generosity will make it possible. She will be able to make friends with other children and go to school. She will have a brighter future.
This one child represents the many children you can help when you become a cbm child Sponsor. You will enjoy seeing the impact your generosity can have on the lives of children like Fatuma.
Become a cbm Child Sponsor today and help more vulnerable children like Fatuma overcome the double disadvantage of poverty and disability.
cbm New Zealand is a charity registered with New Zealand Charities Services since 4th February 1999, Registration number CC26154