By Denise Nanni and Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. In the following our interview with Franko Petri of the organisation Light for the World working for people with disabilities in Eastern Africa, in particular in Ethiopia and Kenya, combating preventable blindness. For ProMosaik, it is very important to show approaches and projects for disabled people in developing countries to compare one with another and to learn one from another. A last interview we conducted was with an organization in Namibia, helping people with Clash Namibia, ClaSH Namibia – engaged for children with language, speech, and hearing impairments.
How was Light for the World founded?
Light for the World was founded in 1988 in Austria to help to combat preventable blindness.
Among the first projects of the young organisation were eye care units and rehabilitation programmes in Ethiopia and Kenya.
Since then the organisation has grown in impact and reach, also tackling the systemic inequality which people with disabilities face, especially in low-income countries.
In 2015, Light for the World helped:
What are the main challenges that people with disabilities face in developing countries?
How do you support people with disabilities?
photo credit © Ulrich Eigner
How do you select and identify the communities where you intervene?
We strive to work in those areas where we are needed most and where we can have the most impact. To make these decisions, we consult with our local partners, build on our past experience and analyse the local setting.
Do you cooperate with local authorities and institutions? If yes, how?