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Our mission and vision

Our mission is to contribute to a world in which persons with disabilities fully exercise their rights. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities guides us. Persons with disabilities living in poverty are amongst the most excluded groups in society. They are at the centre of our work and they drive the change.

  • We engage in empowering persons with disabilities to take development in their own hands.
  • We strive to overcome all barriers in society and create access for people with disabilities.
  • We are committed to improving eye health and promoting inclusive education, community-based rehabilitation, disability rights, livelihood and disability inclusion.
  • We pay specific attention to women with disabilities, children with disabilities and more excluded impairment groups within the disability community.


Who We Are

Light for the World is a global disability & development organisation, breaking down barriers to unlock the potential in all of us. Light for the World started its journey in Austria in 1988 and was recognised as a tax-deductible charity in the United Kingdom in 2016. The organisation marked a milestone in its existence at a launch event, hosted by Lord Low of Dalston, at the House of Lords in 2016.  

  • We enable crucial eye health services and empower people with disabilities in some of the poorest regions of the world.
  • We focus on the poorest and hardest to reach because those people need it most. 
  • We create change through local people, organisations and governments because we want our impact to last.
  • We try new things because we believe in the power of innovation
  • We work with partners because we cannot do it alone.
  • We work with partners and underserved communities around the world in countries including Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of CongoEthiopiaMozambique and South Sudan.

Our work is made possible with support from donors in countries including AustriaBelgiumCzech RepublicGermanyNetherlandsSwitzerlandUnited Kingdom and USA.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities guides us in our work.

Please find more detailed information in our annual Activity Report.

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