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Eight-year-old Mwiza lives in a remote part of #Zambia, making it hard for him to get treatment for his blinding #trachoma. He travelled 25km to visit our eye camp available thanks to our supporters. Now he is trachoma and pain free he can join in playing football with his friends! #EndIsInSight

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In communities like Namakau’s, the older generation didn’t have access to the simple antibiotics needed to treat blinding #trachoma. With no access to eye health care, Namakau went gradually blind. Help us relieve the pain of trachoma for people like Namakau, and keep the younger generation from needlessly losing their sight. Donate today via the link in our bio.

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We believe everyone has the right to learn, to get health care, to work, to be heard. Do you? In developing countries, 800 million people with disabilities are denied basic human rights. You can change this. Take action now by clicking the link in our bio (po.st/idpwd2018). Video description: https://www.putusinthepicture.org/we-believe-video-transcript/ 
#InThePicture #Sightsavers #LeaveNoOneBehind #IDPD2018 #IDPWD #IDPWD2018 #WorldDisabilityDay #IDPD #disabilitynotinability #inclusiveeducation #economicempowerment #idpd2018 #idpd18 #inclusion #disabilityinclusion #humanrights #socialinclusion #disability #fairness #equality #Cameroon #disabilityawareness #disabilityrights #disabilitysupport #disabilityadvocate #disabilitystories #disabilityemployment #raisyourvoice #jointhemovement
At least 10 African countries will get support to eliminate blinding trachoma through a $105 million fund, which was announced by @richardbranson during yesterday's @glblctzn #GlobalCitizenFestivalSA  concert in #Johannesburg! Click the link in our bio or copy and paste into a browser to find out more: https://www.sightsavers.org/news/2018/12/105-million-fund-to-eliminate-trachoma/ @gatesfoundation #ChildrenInvestmentFund #elmaphilanthropy #virginunite @dfid_uk #EndTrachoma #BeTheGeneration #beatNTDs #EndIsInSight#Sightsavers #eyehealth #eyecare #eyes #blindness #vision #visionloss #southafrica #africa
Nanny Powers, disability group leader. "God blessed me with very fabulous parents. My dad made me see that, even though I’m of little height, I have to do something more than other people. The first time I tried to vote… the voting box was too high [for me to reach]! I was not aware, I didn’t know my rights. I didn’t know that disabled people have the right to vote, I didn’t know if it was for a certain class and a certain age. I’d reached the age to vote and I was battling for the rights of little people and a woman came and said, 'You have the right to vote.' That’s how I started.

It was so amazing, I realised that my voice equally counted so I had to vote. It was a surprise [to my family] because I was on TV when they saw me. They said, 'Ah! So you went to vote, that’s good!' At that time my dad was still living; he was so happy. He said, 'Wow, if things are going like that, one day little persons will have what they want.' So it was really amazing, my family really liked it.

In Cameroon, it’s still stigmatised, until people see me going into an office to go and vote. That’s when people realise that they can equally vote. If you permit people with disabilities to know that they have rights, they don’t have to just sit at home and say, 'Ah no, a vote is just for other people – we are not concerned.'" We believe everyone has the right to earn, learn and be happy. Do you? Take action now – click the link in our bio to contact your MP. 📷 Graeme Robertson 
#InThePicture #Sightsavers #LeaveNoOneBehind #IDPWD2018 #WorldDisabilityDay #IDPD #disabilitynotinability #idpd2018 #idpd18 #inclusion #disabilityinclusion #humanrights #socialinclusion #disability #fairness #equality #Cameroon #disabilityawareness #disabilityrights #disabilitysupport #disabilityadvocate #disabilitystories #disabilityemployment
Simon Peter, knitting teacher and former child soldier, Uganda. "On the day I was abducted, I went to school as usual. That evening, the rebels came and abducted me at and tied me up. That was 1995. We were four brothers in my family, I am the youngest brother. They took all of us. I was abducted when I was very young – my parents say I was eleven years old For the entire nine years [I was in the bush] there was no way to contact my parents. When I came back I could not see – a bullet was shot into my right eye and it hadn’t come out – so I never saw their faces again. 
Before I was abducted, I had been really interested in my education. I was really upset it was disrupted. I tried to kill myself three times in the bush. Each attempt failed, and this made me feel there must be a good reason I lived.
I have worked hard to open the eyes of the community, to show them that blind people should be supported. We will change their minds, but we haven’t reached that point yet. People see blind people as a burden. They look at us like we are dirty, and they think we can’t work properly. But I wanted to show the community that disabled people can also be productive. The teaching helps me to forget what happened. Friendship, a good home, living well, all these things help me to move forward. No condition is permanent, and for the first time, I am free.” We believe everyone has the right to earn, learn and be happy. Do you? Take action now – click the link in our bio to contact your MP. 📷 Aurelie Marrier d’Unienville 
With thanks to #EUCommission #BigLotteryFund #InThePicture #Sightsavers #LeaveNoOneBehind #IDPWD2018 #WorldDisabilityDay #IDPD #inclusion #disabilityinclusion #humanrights #socialinclusion #disability #fairness #equality #Uganda #ugandanpeople #ugandan #disabilityawareness #disabilityrights #disabilitysupport #disabilityadvocate #disabilitystories #disabilityemployment
Joseph, sign language teacher and employment programme officer, Uganda. “I started my education when I was seven years old, in 1986. School was very difficult using a crutch, it was two kilometres to and from school so I was very tired. At first the other children were unkind, they took away my walking stick so entering the class was difficult and I used to cry. Then they got used to me and they lived with me positively, school became good for me, I started loving it. It wasn’t inclusive, I had no additional support, but I joined in everything, I even played football. I did not go very far in education because of my father’s attitude. He thought disabled children couldn’t be educated and he didn’t pay my school fees for secondary education. 
I got involved with the Sightsavers programme when it first came to the area. I go to all regions the project is working in to talk to the deaf community. It’s quite common for there to be difficulties between children with disabilities and their parents. Parents here, they think when you have a disabled child or person or youth, it is a curse to them. They don’t think we are also people like them.

It is complicated for people with disabilities to get a job and earn a living. [Many people] assume that person cannot perform the way they expect other people to perform. Another challenge is if you have not gone further in education and you are given a job, you are underpaid because of your disability. I would like to see all people with disabilities employed and paid well like any other person.” We believe everyone has the right to earn, learn and be happy. Do you? Take action now – click the link in our bio to contact your MP. 📷 Annie Bungeroth 
#EUCommission #BigLotteryFund  #InThePicture #Sightsavers #LeaveNoOneBehind #IDPWD2018 #WorldDisabilityDay #IDPD #idpd18 #idpwd18 #inclusion #disabilityinclusion #humanrights #socialinclusion #disability #fairness #equality #Uganda #ugandanpeople #ugandan #disabilityawareness #disabilityrights #disabilitysupport #disabilityadvocate #disabilitystories #disabilityemployment
Jahanara, self-help group leader, Bangladesh.
"I haven’t been to school, my parents weren’t aware that I could go to school as a visually impaired person. I used to stay at home and I couldn’t do any work. 
One day a man named Abed came to my house for a household survey. He asked me if I knew how to fire a candle or a lamp when the electricity went off. I didn’t so he showed me how to do it – he struck a match and there was a sound. He said when you hear that sound it’s lit, you take it to the candle and you have light. That inspired me a lot, I really loved it and from that I got a positive mentality and started to do so many things in my household. 
Then Abed asked me: if he could help me to manage an organisation where I could can work, how would I feel about it? So we collected nine members to form an organisation, all people with disabilities. Self-help groups are important because no one alone can do achieve anything, but if everyone comes together and works together then anything is possible, any impossible can be done.

My role is to make the rights of people with disabilities available in society and to ensure they live with dignity, that’s my responsibility. I go to the local government and tell them, ‘Whenever you call a meeting please give me a call - there is a law for people with disabilities and through that law its mandatory to invite people with disabilities in these meetings.’" We believe everyone has the right to earn, learn and be happy. Do you? Take action now – click the link in our bio to contact your MP. 📷 @tommy.trenchard 
With thanks to #EUCommission. #InThePicture #Sightsavers #LeaveNoOneBehind #IDPWD2018 #WorldDisabilityDay #IDPD #inclusion #disabilityinclusion #humanrights #socialinclusion #disability #fairness #equality #Bangladesh #disabilityawareness #disabilityrights #disabilitysupport #disabilityadvocate #disabilitystories #disabilityemployment
"No-one should struggle with blindness when a simple procedure can restore their sight. That's why I'm behind Sightsavers' work to help the world's most vulnerable people." This #BlackFriday, your chance to #win a #onceinalifetime red carpet experience with @naomieharris! To support our work, the star is kindly donating two passes to the London premiere of her new film #MowgliLegendOfTheJungle and a chance to take a #selfie with her too! Bid today on @eBay_UK (link in bio). #Sightsavers #eBay #eBay4Charity #Mowgli #Netflix #NaomieHarris
Dr Ndalela in Zambia talks about the importance of washing hands and faces to prevent blinding trachoma from spreading. #EndIsInSight #EndTrachoma
With your support, we're training health workers, reaching remote areas and saving people's sight! #EndIsInSight #EndTrachoma 🎥 Opening shots of team travelling filmed by Saleem Tejani.
Thanks to your donations we were able to fund Mr Ndalela and his team to reach remote communities like Kapalu’s in Zambia. Fortunately Mr Ndalela treated Kapalu before his corneas had been destroyed by #trachoma, meaning he would recover and not go blind. #UniversalChildrensDay 📷 @jasonmulikita