Relief for Human Suffering Foundation

Celebrate Independence by giving THE GIFT OF SIGHT!

Photo: Frank (left) a recipient of free surgery, being examined by Peter Makafui, STEH nurse manager, in preparation for surgery.

Frank is a 59-year-old pastor from Accra, Ghana. He is one of the thousands of individuals whose lives have been transformed by our charity since our founding in 2021. 

For 20 long years, Frank navigated the world through a veil of darkness caused by cataracts. In January 2024, everything changed when he met our team in Ghana. Thanks to donors and supporters like you, Frank underwent surgery that restored his sight in both eyes. When the bandages were finally removed, tears welled up in Frank’s fully restored eyes as he uttered these joyful words: “I was living in darkness and I didn’t even know it.”Frank’s story is just one of many. Across the sub-Saharan region, millions of people are waiting for their chance to see again.

 

This Independence Day, join us in helping more individuals like Frank gain freedom from blindness. Your gift can rewrite the story for the estimated 27 million women, men, and children in Africa with moderate to severe visual impairments. Help protect their future from avoidable blindness and offer a world of opportunities through your support. Together, we can restore sight and transform lives.

Download a copy of our 2023 Impact Report here.

Our Impact in 2023.

“I am humbled by how far we have come since our founding in 2021. Thanks to dedicated supporters and donors, we touched 7,000 lives in 2023 alone, bringing our total impact to an incredible 17,409 by the end of the year. This achievement is a testament to the power of collective action. 

 

Looking ahead, we are setting an ambitious goal: to reach 1,000,000 people with visual impairments in low to middle-income countries (LMICs) over the next decade. This moonshot goal reaffirms our unwavering commitment to universal equity and access to care. While it is indeed a lofty aspiration, that is precisely what moonshots are for. I am confident that with the support of compassionate individuals everywhere, we can achieve this remarkable objective.” 

 

– Benson Fayehun, Founder & President 

Download a copy of our 2023 Impact Report here.

R4HS Foundation On-Site in Africa.

We work to reduce suffering from preventable blindness.

The Relief for Human Suffering Foundation is a US non-profit organization with a mission to restore the gift of sight and reduce the suffering caused by easily treatable medical conditions for impoverished individuals in developing countries, by working with trusted local NGOs to deliver critical interventions.


We are building a dream, a world where a person’s ability to enjoy the gift of sight is not dependent on the location of their birth or the color of their skin.

Person with cataracts in Africa. Relief for Human Suffering. Donate Now.

What are visual impairments?

Visual impairment, also known as vision impairment or vision loss, is a decreased ability to see to a degree that causes problems.

Person after cataract surgery in Africa. Relief for Human Suffering. Donate Now.

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are caused by a build-up of protein that clouds the eye’s lens, which can lead to blurred vision and eventual blindness.

Person being tested for refractive errors in Africa. Relief for Human Suffering. Donate Now.

What are refractive errors?

Refractive errors are eye disorders caused by eye shape irregularity. This makes it difficult for the eyes to focus on images.

Join us to make an impact!
Let’s end the suffering caused by easily treatable visual impairments and medical conditions for people in developing countries, one person at a time!

Our Partners & Validations

We work with carefully-selected local NGOs and organizations to provide relief and when possible, put recipients on a path to self-reliance.

WIN A FREE VOLUNTEER TRIP TO AFRICA!

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY OF CHANGE MAKERS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE VOLUNTEERING TRIP TO AFRICA! 

WHAT YOU WILL GET:
• Notification when our inaugural Volunteer trip to Africa goes live in 2024 or 2025 
• A chance to win a FREE 7-14 Day Volunteering trip to Africa for one person where no application fee and program fee will be charged
• The opportunity to make an impact  
• The chance to explore the oldest inhabited continent on Earth, and one of the most fascinating part of the world.  
• AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME