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Eye-opening African adventure

PUBLISHED: 15:37 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:32 12 August 2010

A VOLUNTEER has just returned from a trip to Malawi with a blindness charity to see how its projects are bringing hope to hundreds of visually-impaired people in South East Africa.

A VOLUNTEER has just returned from a trip to Malawi with a blindness charity to see how its projects are bringing hope to hundreds of visually-impaired people in South East Africa.

Retired lecturer at Greenwich's Royal Navy College, Jonathan Farley, who lives in Bromley, took the trip with Sightsavers International, an organisation he has been involved with for over 10 years.

While there he witnessed the 20-minute life-changing cataract surgery taking place at the Lilongwe District Hospital which costs Sightsavers just £17 to perform. He said: "We saw much of the varied work in Malawi, from cataract surgery, to meeting people who have had their sight restored, to visiting a mainstream school where children who are blind are being educated. It has all left a lasting impact on me and will be something I long remember."

Sightsavers has worked in Malawi for almost 50 years and last year it worked to treat over 100,000 in the country for sight-related problems.

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