Vision for a Nation to Participate in the 2016 Big Give Christmas Challenge

Vision for a Nation (VFAN) will participate in the United Kingdom’s Big Give Christmas Challenge for the third successive year this December. The funds raised will be used to support VFAN’s unprecedented Rwanda programme to provide all of Rwanda’s 10.5 million people with access to local and affordable eye care.

In the past two years VFAN has secured donations totalling £148,000 through this annual fundraising scheme. In 2014, VFAN raised more funds than any of the participating international public health charities.

This has directly funded the further training of nurses to provide vision screenings, over 100,000 pair of glasses and the mobilisation of the public to access the unique service at their local health centres.

The Christmas Challenge, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, is the UK’s largest online match funding campaign which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their respective causes. It provides supporters with an opportunity to double the value of their donations for charities.

Tom Rosewall, CEO of VFAN, comments: “The Big Give has allowed VFAN’s supporters to double the impact of their investments. This has had an enormous impact on the lives of ordinary Rwandans and the nation at large. Our involvement in the 2016 Christmas Challenge provides another opportunity to raise funding and visibility for the final phase of our work in Rwanda”.

Rwandan coffee sorter with reading glasses
Rwanda eye screening