Eric's hopes are simple. But without sight, they seem impossible.
All Eric wants is to play outside with his brother, and learn to write. But he was born with cataract in both eyes, and the local school can'tt teach a boy who is blind.
So each day, Eric sits quietly near his mum while she works around the house. He is bored, frustrated and very lonely.
Eric's mum, Clementine, is desperate to help her little boy, but it seems like there is no hope.
A community health worker visits the area and learns about Eric. The Fred Hollows Foundation immediately contacts Dr Ciku Mathenge, a leading eye surgeon who has restored sight to thousands of people.
Erics cases is one of the toughest Dr Ciku has seen. It may already be too late to help him- but Dr Ciku knows that sight would open up Eric's future, and she's determined to try.
At the eye hospital in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, Eric is scared as he waits for his surgery. Dr Ciku comforts him until the anaesthetic puts him to sleep.
The next morning, when Dr Ciku removes Erics eye patches, she immediately knows he can see. He reaches out to touch her hand, and smiles shyly at his mum.
When Eric returns home, the whole village comes to meet him. As Clementine watches, laughing with joy, Eric runs ahead, leaping over creeks and playing with a football just like any other child.
Dr Ciku says, 'matter how many children I perform surgery on, it always gets to me. Eric has lived in a world of sound, but now his life is going to change. It makes me so happy.'
When you redeem your Qantas Points for The Fred Hollows Foundation at the Qantas Store, you're helping people like Eric living with avoidable blindness.
Thank you for your support, every point is helping us change lives.
The Fred Hollows Foundation (The Foundation) is an international development organisation inspired by the life and work of Professor Fred Hollows. Our vision is of a world where no one is needlessly blind and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to good health.
How do we make a difference? We build local eye health capacity, training eye surgeons and eye health workers providing essential medical equipment building or upgrading eye health facilities and conducting sight-saving interventions for cataract, Trachoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and refractive error.
The Fred Hollows Foundation works in 25 countries, including Australia, to end avoidable blindness and improve Indigenous health. 32 million people in the world are blind and 4 out of 5 do not need to be. Since The Foundation began in 1992, it has restored sight to well over two million people.
By redeeming your Qantas Points for a donation to The Fred Hollows Foundation you could help end avoidable blindness.
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