Project Sinarmatanya is about supporting the John Fawcett Foundation to give economically disadvantaged Indonesians a chance to see the beauty of their country. With their free cataract surgeries, the John Fawcett Foundation restores the gift of eyesight with the power to change and improve Indonesia's economy. The purpose of the Sinarmatanya is to show that restoring the gift of eyesight can slowly change the economy of Indonesia as 2.5 million people in Indonesia are blind due to cataract. Although there is a fundraising aspect of the project, the true mission is to change the lives Indonesians so that they can provide for themselves in the future.
Just standing in their clinic, and seeing these people come with high hopes that their lives can be changed with a free cataract surgery is very touching. Studying in an international school, we often don't respect what we have around us and we often take things for granted. When we first met Wayan and her husband, we were moved with the happiness and joy that they brought to each others lives - they were so passionate and proud in describing the job they do; something that we, as international students, would never think about doing. Wayan, a woman who makes $4 a day for selling fifty 'carang sari' offerings, and her husband who shows pride in contributing to his economy as a 'Penyapu Jalanan' (street sweeper).
With the help of the $8000 raised, 116 cataract surgeries were performed on October 12, 2017/World Sight Day 2017 in Situbondo, East Java.