This project is for the visually impaired populations in the villages.
UPDATE 11/28/17 – Research is underway to teach eye health and hygiene practices, nutrition to improve vision and provide glasses and medical care for the visually impaired.
Resources are so few in most areas of the countries we work in that a disability further reduces the chance for any type of productive activity. We hope to assist with nutrition and medical care to decrease the cases of blindness. We are researching options for education and productive activities for the disabled populations. We will welcome assistance or advice regarding this project and post developments as they happen.
Blindness in Africa:
In Africa, more than three million children under the age of five are blind due to a vitamin A deficiency and 50 million more are at risk of blindness. Vitamin A deficiency is also one of the leading causes of death for children and a major risk factor for pregnant women.
Besides sending vitamin supplements, a simple solution is available: a variety of sweet potato that is particularly rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts easily into vitamin A. Just half a cup a day of this type of sweet potato protects the health of children and also dramatically reduces maternal mortality rates. The sweet potatoes — called orange-fleshed sweet potatoes— are inexpensive and easy to grow, and children love their sweet taste. Initiatives are in place to expand the planting of these types of sweet potatoes.