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We are proud to be supporting Sightsavers International as our dedicated charity.  For registered supporters of Sightsavers International, Travel a La donates up to 3 per cent of the value of most hotel bookings.  If you are not a regular supporter, we will make a donation of 1 per cent of the value of most bookings when you use the Promotional Code: SIGHT when making a booking by telephone.  With your support we can help Sightsavers in their mission to combat blindness in developing countries.

Some facts about blindness in developing countries:
- 45 million people are blind worldwide
- A total of 153 million people are estimated to be visually impaired from uncorrected refractive error, of whom 8 million are blind
- 1.4 million children under 16 are blind
- 75% of blindness is avoidable
- More than 90% of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries

Who are Sightsavers International?
For over 50 years Sightsavers International has been working to combat blindness in developing countries, restoring sight through specialist treatment and eye care and are currently working in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. They also support people who are irreversibly blind by providing education, counselling and training. They help the people who need it most - those living in poverty in some of the world's poorest countries.

Rebuilding lives
Teaching basic daily living skills is one of the key ways of enabling people who are irreversibly blind to live with some kind of independence. This could include making their way around their town or village with a white cane, preparing food, dressing themselves or taking care of their own personal hygiene. Enabling people to do these kinds of simple activities means that they will require less assistance from their family and, hopefully, it will help to increase their confidence.

Being blind shouldn't mean that people are prevented from providing for themselves and their families. With some vocational training, there are a variety of jobs that they can do, from farming to setting up small businesses, from shopkeeping to craft production.

Children and education
Fewer than ten per cent of children who are blind or have low vision receive any kind of formal schooling. This fuels a cycle of illiteracy and poverty, leaving people who are blind as one of the most vulnerable and excluded groups in the world. Sightsavers supports the principle of inclusive education. This is where children who are blind and visually impaired are included in the mainstream education system. Sightsavers works with children, teachers and parents, as well as governments, to make inclusion work and is a member of the Global Campaign for Education which advocates for the right of every child everywhere to go to school.

What lies ahead?
It has been estimated that the number of blind people in the world will increase from 44 million in 2000 to 76 million by 2020, if action is not taken to reduce blindness. The economic cost of this blindness is immense, and developing countries could potentially achieve a £192 billion boost in economic productivity over the next 20 years if they adopt appropriate measures to reduce blindness.

Sightsaver success
Working with partners last year, Sightsavers helped to :

- Treat over 23.2 million people for potentially blinding conditions
- Restored the sight of 244,909 people
- Provided rehabilitation training to over 9,514 people

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