Gondar (Ethiopia) Eye Surgery

Blind children in Ethiopia

In 2012 GEES was told of 150 blind children in a school in Gondar and a similar number shared between the schools at Amba Giorgis and Debark.

  • 65% of them are male
  • 80% are orphans (abandoned by their families)
  • There were 2 special needs teachers but no dedicated equipment
  • There are also 40 deaf children

These schools are non residential in line with Federal Government policy. The children are taught for the first three years separately, then alongside their sighted peers.

By liaising with the special needs teachers and using RNIB catalogues we were able to take out equipment such as:

  • Notebooks
  • Braille paper
  • Braille writing machine
  • White canes for mobility teaching

Future Aims

We will be setting up a local interest group in Gondar comprising:

  • An ophthalmologist
  • The special needs teachers
  • At least one community member

GEES will, if there is sufficient interest, have a UK group 'The Friends of Tsadiku School'.

  • We will widen the net to find as many of these blind children as possible spread through North and South Gondar Zone
  • Donated funds maybe marked for use for the blind children of Gondar and will be reserved for that purpose if the donor wishes.
  • In particular we will be paying attention to the requirements of the older children who wish to go on to University.
  • There will be a further visit this year by GEES to take more donated aids and equipment.
  • The smaller group of deaf children will also be catered for but mainly with locally purchased Amharic texts.


To offer support please contact:

Caroline Holt Wilson
Cefn Maen Farm
Usk Road
RAGLAN, Monmouthshire, NP15 2HR

Tel: 00 44 [0]1291 690428
Email G.E.E.S

Gondar Ethiopia Eye Surgery (GEES)
Blind children at school
Construction of the medical building for GEES - Gondar Eye Surgery Clinic, Ethiopia
Blind children at school
GEES - medical building in construction in Gondar, Ethiopia
Young boy with eye disease in Gondar Eye Hospital
GEES Gondar (Ethiopia) Eye Surgery - Building constructed with donations
Childrens' ward in Gondar Eye Hospital
Gondar Ethiopia Eye Surgery - graduating students
Computers in a classroom in Gondar Eye Hospital
Gondar Ethiopia Eye Surgery - graduating students
Gondar Eye Hospital