Foundation Dark and Light

Linked on our blogs with Requests for Information: 14 March – 10 April 2011 /request 1).

  • The vision of Dark & Light is that everywhere in the world, people should not have to fear becoming and staying needlessly blind and people with a disability should be able to live a life of dignity.
  • Our mission is dedicated to eliminating avoidable blindness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest and least served communities in developing countries … (full text Mission/Vision).

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Who /Identity; What: Projects; Facts; Disability rights; Social inclusion; Resources: Leaflet; FAQs; Support;
Address: Foundation Dark & Light, PO Box 672, 3900 AR Veenendaal – or Office: Vendelier 13, 3905 PB Veenendaal, The Netherlands;

About: In many countries, persons with a disability have less access to social services and often belong to the most vulnerable groups in society. 

Some facts:

  • In the poorest regions of the world about 20% of the population is living with a handicap;
  • 90% of the disabled children is not going to school;
  • Persons with disabilities are more likely to get HIV-Aids as they have less access to information and treatment;
  • This group is more vulnerable for abuse;
  • People with a disability have less opportunities to earn a decent income and often belong to the poorest of the poor.

The causes: Poverty leads to blindness and disability. Poverty is by far the most frequent common cause of blindness and disability. People in developing countries turn blind or become disabled as a result of:

  • lack of safe water and bad hygiene;
  • malnutrition;
  • insufficient medical care;
  • lack of knowledge and understanding about the possibilities of avoiding or curing disabling diseases;
  • natural disasters and civil wars.

Of the 650 million disabled persons worldwide, 80% lives in developing countries. Only a small percentage has access to basic health care and basic schooling. In this cycle of poverty and disability, people are deprived of their fundamental human rights. They are largely excluded from development processes and basic services.

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