Jesca and Joylene are the two young sisters in the photograph below being hugged by my own daughter Jessica.
These sisters have corneal dysgenesis, which means that their corneas did not develop properly before they were born. Had they been in the UK, they would likely have had a corneal transplant and would be able to see. Expert medical advice is that surgery at this stage cannot restore their sight. These are very special little girls, who are otherwise very healthy.
I have met these little girls twice now during my visits to Uganda in June 2016 and 2017. We gave them some little toys which brought wonderful smiles. My help felt feeble. Their mum was looking on, and we learnt how hard she was working simply to live in the most basic of huts and feed a family of eight.
I’m hoping that our SADICH project in Kagando can use some of our funds to provide some pigs or seeds to help the family generate some income to help send these wonderful little girls to school. However, being blind they will need the specialist support of our RAPCD project which can teach Braille. Going to the RAP-CD school will require the girls to board as it is some distance away. This of course assumes that places can be found as RAPCD is oversubscribed as it’s been so incredibly successful!
The situation of Jesca and Joylene can be found repeated over and over again. However, I was extremely touched by the situation of this family, and promised to write about this experience.
Just £25 a month would be enough to give these little girls a chance to thrive. Please can you help?