Dhruba went completely blind when he was only 17 years old. He was studying for his year 10 exams when his vision suddenly went dim. He went to hospital where the doctors told him he was irreversibly blind—a diagnosis that specialists in India later confirmed. Dhruba will be blind for the rest of his life. Without sight, Dhruba was unable to complete school. Working has almost been impossible. He relies on his parents to support him, his wife Devaka and his one year old child Suracha. Dhruba and his family also look after their 12 year old niece, Sabita, following her father’s death. Thankfully, your support has given a scholarship to Sabita so she can attend school.
Domingos and his son Delvio Da Silva are pictured above in front of their new toilet. They are members of the Raitaho Self Help Group, in Timor Leste. The group formed when two other Self Help Groups merged last year. They meet once a month and have 17 members.