Cataract Donation


Cataracts are formed when the lens becomes cloudy, usually occuring in the elderly. This happens rarely in children, but when it does there are major consequences for the child. The developement of a cataract is a gradual process (in both eyes) where the sight becomes less clear. The lens becomes eventually white (opaque) and people can then see only light and dark. In The Netherlands a cataract operation is a standard procedure.

The relatively simple treatment of cataract is not possible for many people in Zambia.

At this moment, in southern Zambia, at maxium 500 cataract operations are performed annually. This is not enough because there are atleast 8,300 people who see poorly or are blind due to cataracts. This number increases annually.



Well trained health workers in the villages can detect cataracts using a flashlight. Then the patient would be sent to the eye clinic. Both the presurgery procedcure as well as the cataract operation need a good infrastructure, equiptment and technical skills. Post operative care and follow-up would take place in the eye clinic.

“A cataract operation is one of the most successful and cost effective operations in history” – the world bank

Tax Benefit

EyeForZambia has been given the ‘ANBI’ status, which is Dutch for Public Benefit Organization’ (PBO). An institution can be qualified as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) solely when at least 90% of the institutions efforts are focused on the general good.

A PBO does not pay Dutch inheritance tax or gift tax on inheritances or gifts that the institution allocates to the general good. A PBO does not  pay Dutch gift tax on gifts that the institution makes for the general good. Natural and legal persons making donations to a PBO may deduct their gifts from their Dutch income tax or corporate income tax.