Life had been extremely difficult for Yassa ever since she lost her eyesight. She noticed it her loss of vision one night 5 years ago when she was traveling to the mosque and was unable to see. Living in poverty, Yassa’s husband was unable to afford the cost of cataract surgery.
As the days went by, life became more difficult as Yassa could not see at all. She would need her daughter to accompany her to the bathroom, could no longer do basic household chores without assistance from her family, and was unable to cook on ceremonial occasions and celebrate with her loved ones. Her quality of life deteriorated significantly as she would stay isolated from everyone due to her loss of vision.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, Muslim Hands set up an eye camp in Mali, providing free cataract surgeries to the poor who were suffering with blindness. Yassa arrived at the clinic one day, praying her condition was curable and that her vision could be restored.
To her excitement, her condition was treatable and she underwent a cataract surgery that restored her eyesight. She is now able to live her life independently, reading Quran and making wudhu by herself. Moreover, ever since Yassa regained her eyesight, she is earning a livelihood of her own, which is helping the family lift themselves out of poverty.