In December 2012, Franziska Brasse first visited Nepal, as she was doing an internship at the Women’s Foundation, an organisation we still work together closely with, in the field of human
rights. However, during her time in Nepal, she saw many people, a great proportion of which were still quite young, who were already suffering from a cataract. Normally, this illness only occurs
from the age of 60 onwards but in Nepal many people were already suffering from this disease at the age of 30. This was for instance the case for a woman that Franziska Brasse met. She had just
turned 30, her husband had left her and she had two small children who she was now unable to care for. This situation was shocking. For, it only takes a small operation for the illness to be
healed again. Thus, whilst still in Nepal, Franziska Brasse contacted the local Tilganga Eye Hospital and brokered a deal with them that they would operate on people like this woman for the
equivalent of € 80.00. This woman was directly operated. Back in Germany, with the help of her father, Dr. Karl Brasse, an eye surgeon, the charity “Vision for the Future” was set
“Vision for the Future” works on a voluntary basis with doctors from Germany travelling to Nepal once or so each year and holding an eye-camp in co-operation with the Women’s Foundation, this being advantageous for both sides. Within a few days, hundreds of Nepalese people are checked by the relevant doctor and those who need an operation will then be sent to the Tilganga Eye Hospital to have the operation. As a result of this, since its foundation in the beginning of 2013, 270 people have been operated and further, 350 glasses have been distributed to school children. For, this is also a big problem: in Nepal, an equal number of school children need glasses as in any other country. However, for most families, although the glasses only cost a few euros, this is normally an object that they are unable to afford. As a consequence, these children are often unable to attend school or quickly fall out of school, as they are unable to see anything and thus, fail their examinations. Thus, Vision for the Future has also made it an aim to provide as many children as possible with the essential glasses.
Furthermore, this year Vision for the
Future has launched a second project: About a year ago we were approached by the Women’s Foundation who asked us whether we would be able to help, who wanted to pursue his Master’s at university
but was unable to do so due to missing financial resources. And was even lucky. For, he had been given the opportunity through donations to at least pursue his Bachelor’s degree. However, even
this is often only a dream for most Nepalese students. After they leave school, they are often forced to find work in order to be able to finance themselves or simply because the money is missing
to pursue further studies, which unlike in Germany, for instance, cost money in Nepal.
Thus, we have made it our second project to provide as many Nepalese students as possible with the project that is provided for many German and other European students by their government. We are in the process of setting up a loan system whereby Vision for the Future will provide high school graduates with the relevant financial resources to pursue further studies in either Nepal or India. Once they finish their degree and start earning money, they will then be asked to pay back this loan back to the charity, so that this money can thus be forwarded to other students in similar situations.