1 Miracle = $33
1 operation = 12 minutes
Each August, CBM joins forces with generous Australians and Christian radio stations nationwide for Miracles Day. On this special day, Australians give the Miracle of sight-saving surgery to people living with cataracts in the world’s poorest countries.
At its heart, Miracles Day is about people helping other people. It can be overwhelming to hear that more than 65 million people worldwide have cataracts.
And that the majority of these people live in the world’s poorest countries – where they can’t afford surgery and so live needlessly blind.
God created each of us in His image and He cherishes each one of us. Every single life matters. We are called to follow Jesus to the hard places and to love with abandon. To enter into another person’s suffering, and show them love and compassion. To love our neighbour as much as we love ourselves.
We can’t all drop everything and go overseas. But we can help from right where we are. We have the opportunity to change someone’s life. Let’s focus on the one person we can help, whose sight we can restore, for just $33.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NIV)
Some facts about cataracts
• Many people become legally blind from untreated cataracts, and cataracts can even cause total blindness if left untreated for long periods, or if people cannot access affordable eye care and surgery.
• Worldwide, 65.2 million people have cataracts, making it one of the leading causes of vision impairment.
• The majority of people with cataracts live in low-income countries, where people remain blind because they cannot afford the surgery needed.
• Cataracts can be surgically removed and this is very successful in restoring sight.
• Approximately 80% of vision impairment globally is considered avoidable. This means that people could get their sight restored if they just had access to treatment.
When someone loses their sight due to cataracts, it impacts not only them but also their family. Grandparents may not be able to care for grandchildren, or may require a family member to stay home from work or school to help them. Parents may no longer be able to work and earn an income for their family. Children may no longer be able to move safely around their community, or go to school.
Last year, CBM provided eye screening, examination and treatment to 9.2 million people and funded 749,022 eye surgeries worldwide. Support of Miracles Day this year will help CBM Australia fund urgently needed surgeries, plus cataract screening camps and school screening programs, in the most remote areas of Nepal, The Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Cameroon, Tanzania and Niger and Indonesia.