Sightsavers International works in the developing world to eradicate preventable causes of blindness. We particularly like their work because remarkably small sums of money achieve almost miraculous results.
Imagine if every time you blinked, your eyelashes scraped agonisingly on your eyeballs until you went blind. That’s the reality for millions of people who have Trachoma, one of the world's oldest tropical diseases. Yet it can be treated and prevented with simple antibiotics and good hygiene. Through ceaseless effort, Trachoma has been totally eliminated in countries including Ghana, Oman, Morocco and Mexico, meaning millions of people no longer live with the pain, suffering and blindness it can cause. Sightsavers aim to eliminate Trachoma worldwide by 2025. Treatments for Trachoma cost as little as 35p.
Similarly, a course of treatment costing as little as £2 prevents a child going losing their sight to Onchocerciasis, or river blindness. In 2017, Sightsavers provided 48 million treatments for this disease.
Operations to remove cataracts and actually restore the sight of a blind person cost just £25, and since their inception, Sightsavers has performed over 6 million of these operations.
Quite apart from the human joy these operations produce, there's the underlying economic benefit of transforming a chronically disabled citizen back into a potentially productive member of society, particularly in countries without any of the safety nets to support disabled people.
So, in addition to the pleasure your Waistiecoat will bring you, you can wear it with pride knowing that by purchasing it, you will have personally given the gift of sight to perhaps dozens of desperately afflicted people in some of the poorest countries in the world.
What's not to like?!