Make a difference
We do our utmost to support our partners in fulfilling their mission.
Who we are
Light for the World is an international disability and development organisation founded in 1988 with a mission to build affordable and sustainable eye care services to end preventable blindness, promote disability inclusion and inclusive education, and empower persons with disabilities in the most underserved rural remote regions of the world including rural Mozambique, Ethiopia, and North East India.
We focus on closing the gaps in provision of health (with a special focus on eye health and rehabilitation), quality education, vocational training, social inclusion (e.g. sport), and access to livelihoods.
In collaboration with our partners including the Big Lottery Fund, Sightsavers, Government Ministries, Shishu Sarothi, as well as government donors, philanthropists, foundations, and trusts, we deliver cost-effective and sustainable programmes which give persons with disabilities access to sport, education, rehabilitation, vocational training, livelihood activities and stop preventable blindness.
Spearheaded by international and local Boards (e.g. Professor Tom Shakespeare, Dr. Nidhi Singal) and experts including Yetnebersh Nigussie, Alternative Nobel Prize winner (the Right Livelihood Award 2017), we advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and strive for an inclusive society. We are supported by an International Board of Ambassadors and Lord Low of Dalston CBE, who hosted our official launch in the UK at the House of Lords on 6th June 2016.
We continue to seek partners to end preventable blindness and to give life changing opportunities to persons with disabilities in areas of great need such as Mozambique, the 181th poorest country in the world.
We believe that in sharing knowledge and experience, we can make change:
- This guide explains how stakeholders need to work together to give children with disabilities access to quality education.
- This guide summarises how to include persons with disabilities in services.
- This guide gives a detailed overview of how to deliver inclusive programmes in international development.
- This guide explains how to give access to technical and vocational education to young people with disabilities.
Examples of our impact can be seen here:
Our work with partners
We do our utmost to support our partners fulfil their mission. We provide technical, financial, capacity building skills and clear exit strategies in each country of intervention.
Of utmost importance, is our commitment to giving honest, objective and regular reporting to our partners.
We pride ourselves on our accountability, transparency and collaborating with local partners who can make sustainable and scalable impact in rural communities. Our local partners understand the needs of our beneficiaries and have strong project management skills to see through short and long term programmes.