Mum of Saumu Abdallah (Dihimba Primary School, sixth year)
"My daughter started having sight problems when she was born. When she grew a little, we noticed there was something white in her eye. We thought it would disappear in time, but it didn't. When she started school, she was told to sit in the classroom's front row and when she read books, she had to hold them right up to her eyes as she couldn't see clearly. We took her to the village clinic and they told us to take her to the regional hospital (Ligula), but I wasn't able to. It was a real problem, especially in the evening when there was no daylight, because she was struggling to move around the house. One day, the school called me in and eye doctors were there. They said my daughter had a cataract and needed surgery to get back her eyesight. I was scared because I couldn't afford surgery, but they said all the costs would be covered, including transport and accommodation. I was so happy that my daughter could see again and continue her studies. I've now got hope for her future once more."