November 29, 2023

Do you believe in the Miracle of Music?

Well, I do. Because the power of music unites humanity, while politics and religion divide us. I wasnt planning on releasing a second song for Christmas, but the recent events in the world leave me no choice. Our world has gone mad and everything is out of control.

THE MIRACLE OF MUSIC is inspired by my adorable Ambassadors story "LENNON, THE MIRACLE OF MUSIC"

THE MIRACLE OF MUSIC will be released on December 1st 2023, right on time for Christmas. The song is about unity, togetherness, peace and harmony. Hopefully, it will inspire everyone who is against war and motivate our incapable world leaders that our crazy world could be such a beautiful, peaceful and harmonic place if we ALL get along like music instruments.

We like to use this post and say THANK YOU to all our listeners and readers who are enjoying our music and books. We wish you all a blessed holiday season with your loved ones. Play music as often as you can and dance! Every day should be celebrated like Christmas day and new years day! 

November 20, 2023

Lily4Humanity CBM Success stories Mohamed Rashid eye surgery!

In my upcoming posts, I'm sharing true success stories to show you CBM's incredible work and to inspire you to support this wonderful charity! I like to thank CBM SWISS for trusting me and sharing these beautiful life stories. 

Mohameds story 

It was one year ago when the problems started. Mohamed had just started in first grade at school when he was sent home by his teacher. “The teacher called me and said Mohamed couldn’t see well”, his mother Jacqueline John (35) says. Not even when he was sitting in the first row of the class he could read what was written on the blackboard. He couldn’t manage to write letters or numbers down. And he couldn’t read the small letters in books as well. The exam at the end of the year revealed the whole problem: Mohamed was last of his class. So he had to quit school. “His teacher said he can’t teach him anything when Mohamed can’t see”, Jacqueline says and shakes her head in a helpless way.

Since then Mohamed stays at home the whole day. Alone – since the other children all go to school, also his bigger sister. “He is jealous”, his mother says. “He wants to go to school. Every morning when his sister is leaving he cries.” Jacqueline sighs. She and her husband try to teach Mohamed by themselves. But it is just not the same as going to school. “I want my son to go to school. But I can’t afford to bring him to a doctor”, Jacqueline explains her problem. Although she is working hard as a farmer selling vegetables to her neighbours and her husband is every day on search for work as a daily labourer on fields or construction areas the family is poor. The four of them live in Kijenge juu, a part of Arusha in northern Tanzania. They have a small mud house with two little rooms. One is completely filled with a bed for the parents, the second is cramped with a bed for the kids and three armchairs. You have to climb over them to reach the bed.

When the night falls and it is getting darker inside the house Mohamed can’t see anything. He has no chance to move around independently. But even when outside in the sunlight he has problems. “He can only see big objects, not small things”, his mother narrates. “He often makes a telescope with his hands to try to see better.” She demonstrates it with her own hands. Since his sight started to vanish more and more he has problems to play his favourite game: football. “The other children tease him therefor”, Jacqueline says. “He often comes home crying and being angry.” Being bound to the house is not what Mohamed likes at all. He is very lively, loves to run around and learn new things. He hates to sit around. Being forced to watch her son struggle without being able to help him makes Jacqueline feeling miserable. “To imagine he could get blind is terrifying me!” Her voice breaks and she has to dry her tears with her kanga (her skirt): “I am sad, very sad.”

When she hears one day that KCMC is treating children like her son free of cost she is immediately full of hope. She brings her son to the CBM-funded hospital in Moshi which is 1,5 hours by car away from her home. At KCMC Mohamed is examined by paediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Godfrey Furahini. The diagnosis: congenital bilateral cataract. Mohamed can only see 6/60. That means: “Mohamed can only see the biggest letter of the Snellen chart from 6 metres distance”, the doctor explains to mother Jacqueline. “We have to operate him.”

Day of the operation: Dr. Nicholas Kitunga leads Mohamed into the operation theatre. He is very caring with the boy, distracts him with a blown up glove on which he painted a smiling face and talks to him in a very calm tone until the boy falls asleep. Now it is the job of Dr. Mchikirwa Msina to replace Mohamed’s lenses with artificial ones. After around two hours the operation is done and Mohamed is rolled in his bed out of the theatre towards his waiting mum.

A day later: When nurse Sarah Lutabingwa comes to Mohamed’s bed to remove his bandages he is already waiting for it. After the removal he doesn’t open his eyes for some minutes, suddenly shy. But then he blinks – and from then on starts to look at his surroundings with curiosity, pointing with one finger to anyone who passes by in the ward. Towards the visual acuity test he walks already without a helping hand. He easily and with TZA-19-0514_story.pdf self-confidence reads out the letters of the second line of the Snellen chart from six metres distance, with glasses he manages even to read the sixth line. “This is an improvement”, optometrist Zeno Mkenda says. She will adjust glasses to the boy’s eyes in 4 weeks when his eyes are stable after the operation. “He will be able to go to school for sure”, she says and points laughing on the boy who has started to read the smallest letters on the reading test in his hands. “He will be able to read everything!”

Back at home Mohamed is eager to test his new ability. He gets out one of his old notebooks and a pencil and tries to write: “Mama” he writes down in big letters. Then he looks up and smiles broadly. It works! Now he is ready to go outside and play football with his friends Elias and Joshua. Soon the laughter of the three boys can be heard along the whole street. Mohamed’s mother watches her son and looks like she can’t decide either to laugh or cry: “I am very happy. My dream came true.” When the doctors allow Mohamed at the next check[1]up in two weeks to go to school she wants to send him there immediately – even if the school year has started already. Her son shall learn – and one day be able to fulfil all his dreams. “I thank all CBM-donors who made this possible!”, she says

November 19, 2023

Lily4Humanity CBM Success stories Ramadhanis eye surgery!

In my upcoming posts, I'm sharing true success stories to show you CBM's incredible work and to inspire you to support this wonderful charity! I like to thank CBM SWISS for trusting me and sharing these beautiful life stories. 

Ramadhanis Story 

When Ramadhani was 3 months old his mother Jena Mgarya (24) detected a white spot in his right eye. She brought her son to a local hospital in Muheza/Tanzania, where she lives with her family. There, the doctors couldn’t help the boy but referred him to the CBM-funded hospital CCBRT in Dar Es Salaam. Jena saved some money to buy a bus ticket and made the long journey – but without a happy end. 

At the hospital, the doctors diagnosed a cataract but couldn’t operate because of Ramadhani’s blood clotting was not good enough. Mother and son had to travel home where the little boy should take some drugs to improve the blood clotting and then come back. But a second bus ticket to Dar Es Salaam was too expensive for the family. Jena and her husband have four children but never enough money. While the father is a daily worker the mother breaks stones at home. Together they earn 0,5 Dollar a day – to feed 4 children. So Ramadhani was not operated.

The white spot in his right eye grew. And he also slowly lost the vision of his left eye. Today he is blind on the right eye and has very poor vision on the left. “He stumbles often and falls down”, his mother says. “He often hurts himself.” He loves to play ball with other kids but this is nearly impossible by now. “When he wants to see something he has to get very close to it and cover one eye with his hand”, Jena says. While playing ball this is not practical. Although the other kids are kind and always show him where the ball is he can’t really play with them anymore. He simply is too slow. But still he tries. “I like football”, he quips. In fact he would love to kick the ball but in reality he always is the keeper – and not the best one. “When the sun is shining I cannot see the ball. That is not fair”, he says. “The other kids make goals then.”

“Everything that other kids can do, he cannot”, his mum says. She describes that he needs help with nearly everything in daily life: from eating till going to the toilet she has to give him a hand. But most heartbreaking for her is to see him suffer. “He says he doesn’t feel like a normal child. He says that this is not fair. He often cries.” Especially when his siblings go to school – and he has to stay at home alone. “He never has been to school”, Jena says and explains why: Despite the fact that he could not have seen anything on the blackboard she didn’t dare to send him there because he would have to cross a street. “Trucks and busses come down this street very fast. And Ramadhani cannot see them.” Every try to cross the street would threaten his life. So, the boy stays at home when his siblings leave. “And every day he says: Mum, I also want to go to school”, she says. She breathes deeply. “It is painful for me to see this.” Ramadhani turns his face towards his mum when he hears her speaking. When asked what his biggest wish is, he answers: “I want to go to school!”

One day when the family had lost hope for long a car came by their house and made an announcement by megaphone that immediately thrilled them all: A general outreach of CBM[1]funded hospital KCMC in Moshi would take place in the neighbourhood soon. And whoever needs medical help would get it – free of costs! Jena and her sons walked there and where brought from the team to KCMC in Moshi – to finally heal Ramadhani’s cataract.

When they arrive at KCMC they take a seat in the waiting area in front of the examination room. Lots of kids are running around, playing with toys. But not Ramadhani. He curiously turns his head towards the laughter of the kids, his eyes halfway closed in a desperate attempt to see anything. But he keeps on sitting on the wooden bench, one hand clings to the back of the bench as if he was afraid to lose orientation. Then he is called in to see the doctor. When Dr. Godfrey Furahini examines the boy at the slitlamp. His diagnosis: bilateral cataract. He frowns in frustration when he examines the boy’s right eye. “On his right eye he has only light perception”, he explains. And really: When Ramadhani turns his head towards the light of the doctor’s torch but doesn’t react on his waving fingers. “Since he was born with cataract on this eye and is already ten years old the prognosis after operation is not so good.” But then his face brightens up. “But we can for sure save his eyesight on the left eye with the operation!”

And also in this regard, Ramadhani receives help at KCMC – an otitis media was diagnosed and treated immediately. At home, he would never have been helped.

On the day of the operation (both eyes in one surgery) the boy is the last one in a queue of children patients. He has to wait long until it is his turn to go into the theatre but he doesn’t complain. Like usual he silently sits on the bench in the waiting area. Not talking, not moving, his head hanging down. When he is called inside the theatre he bravely goes – without shedding a tear. After the operation, he sleeps long, again without crying. When the nurse Sarah Lutabingwa comes to the ward the next morning to remove the bandages of his eyes he is not as excited as many other kids. He seems not to expect any change. After the bandages are removed he doesn’t open his eyes for long. His mum has to convince him until he slowly starts blinking and opening his eyes. But still, he doesn’t say a word, only looks at his right hand intensely – with a look of absent wonder on his face. He seems not to notice that he doesn’t have to hold his hand as close to his eyes as usual!

But on the next day, he realized that his life had changed – and how! Again sitting on the bench in front of the doctor’s room. But this time he is not moveless at all. He cannot sit silently for a second, swings his legs, looks down, suddenly detects his moving feet under the bench, bends down and stares at them, sees his hand at the edge of the bench, moving them while looking at them with a broad smile on his face that had not been there all the days before. Then it is time for doing the eye test with optometrist Zeno Mkenda. The right eye hasn’t improved much by now as expected. But at least he can now see the movement of a hand not only light. But the left eye has changed! He can read until the third line of the Snellen chart (6/24), with glasses even until the very last line! Of course, he doesn’t know the letters because he has never been to school. But he recognised them on the chart in his hand and therefore could point out which letter he could see on the chart at the chart six meters away. “Safi”, Zeno says smiling in Swahili. “Good!” She is satisfied. “He sees very good already on his left eye.” In one month when his sight is stable after the operation, he will receive glasses. “It is essential for him to come back to get the glasses”, Zeno says. “Without them, the operation would be of no worth.”

Then, finally, comes the day when Ramadhani can leave the hospital. After 5 hours by car he reaches his home in Muheza. Not one second he has closed his eyes on the long way. He looked out of the window, hungry for new impressions. At home he jumps out of the car and runs into the house where his father Said is waiting in the one room where the whole family (parents and 4 kids) live and sleep in one bed. His dad is speechless. “He never ran around at this speed. What a huge change!” Mother Jena follows her son a bit slower. But she also smiles. “I am so happy. I have not expected him to see so well after the operation.” Together the parents watch their son playing – and testing his new ability. With his little brother Jumaa and neighbour girl Mariam he collects some stones for the game Gololi. The aim is to throw stones on a line of stones on the ground – and to hit them. “He tried to play that earlier but he never succeeded to hit the stones”, his father Said says. Now it takes the boy only some minutes to find out how it works. When he smashes the line of stones right in the middle a shiny smile lightens up his face before he bends down to pick up new small stones. But when his older brother Ramadhan shows up and brings a ball Ramadhani forgets about the stones immediately. Football! He throws the ball into the air, watch him fall down, and then starts to hunt the ball with the other kids like mad. His mum shakes her head: “He was always so idle and introverted. And now he is so active!”

After playing for a while Ramadhani has a wish: His older brother shall show him the school where he will go to soon. Together they march there through the hot sunlight and look at the now (it is Saturday) empty houses. Ramadhani’s plan for the future is clear: “I want to go to school and learn reading!” Now there is nothing anymore that keeps him from doing so.


November 18, 2023

Lily4Humanity CBM Success stories Afiz eye surgery!

In my upcoming posts, I'm sharing true success stories to show you CBM's incredible work and to inspire you to support this wonderful charity! I like to thank CBM SWISS for trusting me and sharing these beautiful life stories. 

Eye sight enables Afiz to walk, run, play, and smile. 

The almost deserted but clean compound greets whoever comes into Aisha’s home. Despite the somewhat needy situation at Aisha’s home, there is so much joy in the house, and mostly in her heart, as shown by the smile on her face. The persistent smile on her face as she looks at Afiz running around the living room, while disorganizing everything that he can see, is something to note with importance. She does not restrain him from touching even what might get dirty by his soiled little hands. Afiz runs around and returns to his mother to breast feed for a minute and then runs away again. Aisha is happy. One can see that. 

Aisha can now afford a genuine smile when it comes to the sight of her young son Afiz. The pain of having to answer uncountable questions weighed in heavy on her, yet she did not have the right answers to the questions from neighbours and strangers. Nobody understood her pain. Others asked her because of curiosity and not because they wanted to offer help.

Once blind, but now can see

“You know, he is excited about being able to see. He had failed to crawl and walk because he could not see anything.” Aisha, Afiz’s mother begins. “Even at 7 months, he could not sit. His neck could also not support the head to be upright. His head just hung on his neck loosely. He could not even laugh or smile but now he laughs, smiles, runs and can see where he is going”, Aisha says with a smile.

“I was tired of the question, ‘omwana yabaaki?’” (Loosely translated as: ‘What happened to the child?’” Mama Afiz continues.

“Before his surgery, it grieved me to know that my son might never see. I did not have the money and his father had also failed to raise the money”, she says.

After trying to save for the surgery bill, the money was not even close to a quarter of what was needed and more family expenses kept on accumulating. Mama Afiz’s hope became dim.

“Afiz could not see me or his siblings. His brothers would give him things to play with but he could not touch them because his world was dark. He did not know what he was being given. He could not see it. He also had no appetite.”” Aisha peaks

Life after surgery and restored sight

“Now, he can receive what he is given, he can tell what he likes and what he does not like. He likes colourful things. After his surgery, I noticed that he would pull things all the time. I was mostly happy that he could see me and finally know what I look like.” Aisha peaks

Aisha has many dreams for little Afiz. She says she prays for him every day that his future may turn out bright. She hopes that now that he can see, Afiz can go to school when he is of the right age.

“I would like him to become a doctor and even work at Mengo Eye Hospital to treat eyes of people. Thank you for thinking about us from the start. You gave my son free surgery. Now you have come to see how he is doing. I do not have anything to give you, but I pray that you may live long”, Aisha expresses her gratitude.

Report by Charity Ainembabazi – Field Communications Coordinator

Uganda / ©2019

A massive THANK YOU at CBM Swiss for sharing Afiz success story! 

November 17, 2023

Lily4Humanity CBM Success stories Shaloms eye surgery!

In my upcoming posts, I'm sharing true success stories to show you CBM's incredible work and to inspire you to support this wonderful charity! I like to thank CBM SWISS for trusting me and sharing these beautiful life stories. 

Shaloms story

Shalom is a five year girl who had bilateral cataracts. She was identified through Mengo Eye Hospital. Shalom’s mother, Fridah, was unable to pay for the surgery because she did not have a job and was living with her mother (Shalom’s grandmother). Fridah could not afford 820,000 Ugandan Shilling, approximately 200 Euro for the surgery of her daughter’s eyes. She had lost hope. Shalom had been dismissed from school because her vision was very poor and could not read or write with ease. She could not do what other children of her age could do. She mostly stayed home and sitting on the veranda, playing with the doll, while avoiding the direct sunlight. She could join her friends to play. She was laughed at because she could not see.

CBM received her case and paid for her surgery, which surgery was successful. Six weeks after her surgery, received eyeglasses to aid her vision even better. She had to stay at home for a full school term so that her eyes could heal. After she had healed properly, she was able to go back to school. She can now see better, she is able to read and write.

Life after surgery 

The beauty about cataract surgery is that the change is instant. Shalom can see well the next day, less than 24 hours after surgery. As soon as Shalom’s eye patches are removed, Shalom receives a more improved clarity of sight that she has never experienced before.  

Shalom touches her mother’s face as if to confirm that she is the one and know the feeling of her mother’s face. Shalom has to make weekly trips and fortnightly trips to Mengo Eye Hospital to be reviewed by the Low Vision Therapist and Ophthalmologist. They have a look at her condition and monitor her improvement until she is ready to receive eye glasses.

Fridah, Shalom’s mother is committed to her daughter’s hospital visits because she wants her daughter to receive full healing be independent soon. From the stormy mornings, travelling in over loaded city taxis, through the crowded traffic on the roads of Kampala and the very hot weather, the determined mother always makes it to Mengo Eye Hospital in time, with her little girl.

“I cannot waste this chance. It is not every day that someone will give you a free chance to get surgery for your daughter and give you all the extra medical care involved.” Fridah Says.

“Sometimes I sit there and think about how sad she (Shalom) would still be at home, not going to school.” She adds.

Fridah gives a sigh of relief in between her speech as though she does not want to sound overwhelmed.

Fridah looks forward to the day her daughter will receive her eye glasses.

“She will go back to school.” Fridah muses with a smile.

Receiving eye glasses

It is a warm morning. Shalom arrives at Mengo Eye Hospital, walking all by herself, in front of her mother. She jumps and runs about and her mother occasionally tells her to be quiet and still, to which she obliges but soon starts running around and trying to stand on the waiting chairs again.

This is not the reserved, timid, resigned and sad Shalom of February 2019. She is now lively, happy and giggles a lot.  She is even able to entertain herself when asked to wait from the Dr. Lisbon, the Ophthalmologist’s examination room.

She is in the room with her mother, occasionally whispering to her, while Dr. Lisbon is reading her medical history papers before he takes the next steps. Shalom quickly stands up and tries to touch and feel everything in the doctor’s office. She tries to read the letters on the calendar that lies on a doctor’s desk.  

Tulawamu! Tonswaza.” (Losely translated as, “Settle down! Don’t embarrass me.” Fridah rebukes Shalom in whispers as she gathers the little girl to herself, lifting her on to her lap so that the examination can begin. Shalom is beaming with joy.

Dr. Lisbon motions her to come to the slit lamp so that her eyes can be examined. She quickly adheres and she is checked.

“There is a good improvement and she is due for glasses. She should go for refraction today. Once she gets her glasses, she must wear them at all times otherwise it will be a waste of time.”  Dr. Lisbon the Ophthalmologist says.

Soon, Shalom is refracted. After that, she is transferred to the glasses section to try out suitable frames for her prescribed lens. The little blue frames are picked for her. Shalom moves to the mirror and sees her new look. She chuckles hilariously and tries to touch the reflection of her face in the mirror. She is just overjoyed. She dances and squats and smiles again and again at her reflection, making childish poses and smiling at her reflection in the mirror. 

Fridah, her mother is seated quietly observing her daughter’s moves. She begins to laugh and smile. She holds her mouth as if in disbelief.

“I can’t believe all this is for free. Oh my God, I can’t believe it. May God bless you very much. I will always remember your goodness.”  Fridah says.

When it is time for Shalom to handover the frames and leave, she begins to bargain that she does not want to take off the glasses. Her mood changes immediately and she begins to sulk. She is almost crying but the glass section attendant tells her that the frames are needed so that they can make them more beautiful for her.

Shalom reluctantly hands over the glasses and asks whether she would be coming back to Mengo to pick them up the next day. Her mother quickly intervenes by telling her that the doctor would call her to pick up the glasses.

Three weeks later, Shalom receives her glasses and tries them on. They are bifocal lenses to help her in her daily life, even at school. She receives training on how to use them. The look on Shalom’s face after knowing that she can keep the glasses forever with her is priceless. She overwhelmed with joy. She begins to giggle as if aimlessly. 

She once again goes to the mirror and looks at herself. She is radiating light-heartedness and pure joy. She quickly wins over the hearts of the staff in the glass section.  She enjoys her moment of attention. It is time to go back home, and Shalom walks out of Mengo Eye Hospital with a new pair of spare eyes! She waves at the hospital staff as she leaves. She can finally see with ease. 

Shalom goes to school

It is a slightly chill morning but the warmth of the sun is quickly coming out. The bright rays open up the special day like a curtain. It is a special day because shalom is going back to school after missing two terms because she could not see well and teachers recommended that it was a waste of time to pay for school when she could not read or write at all.

Fridah, her mother locks the door behind her as Shalom waits outside, looking smart in her little uniform, despite the rips in her school sweater. She is still as warm as can be. She chuckles to her cousin Joy, who studies in top class. Her mother packs a snack of bread for her and drops it in her school bag. She clocks the door behind her and off the set off for school.

Shalom's mother walks both Shalom and her cousin joy to school. She wants to make sure that they reach safely. She must help them to crosses the road safely because they are still too young to cross the road on their own. She wants them to be safe. They walk while singing short kindergarten rimes. They are happy as though they have no cares in this world. The 20 minute walk to school soon comes to an end.

Fridah brings Shalom and joy each to the entrance of their classroom. Soon, Shalom is seated comfortably in her class. Her little classmates are looking at her as she settles in class.

Teacher Mercy, who is Shalom’s class teacher begins to teach the class. It is the reading and writing class. She asks questions in class and Shalom raises her hand and answers correctly. She is told to write her answer on the chalkboard, which she also writes correctly.

Teacher Mercy asks the class to clap for Shalom, which they do rhythmically as Shalom dances to the rhythm of the clapping. Shalom is free and fearless before her classmates. She is a happy middle class child.

Low Vision Therapist monitors Shalom’s progress at school  

Mr. Benard Okotel, a Low Vision Therapist at Mengo Eye Hospital, a partner of CBM has been monitoring Shalom’s vision improvement since surgery. He has come to school to assess how far she has improved. Benard talks to Teacher Mercy before proceeding to greet the class of little children and teach them about eye care and glasses that Shalom is wearing.

“Shalom can now see well on the blackboard. I was her teacher when she could not see. She was very shy and kept to herself. She could not play in the bright light outside with her friends because the light irritated her eyes. We had to send her back home.” Teacher Mercy says.  

Shalom is reserved and selective. With the people she knows well, she is very active but generally reserved in public.

“Shalom is a reserved girl but active in her on way. When engaged she participates. She can write on the chalkboard and shares her experiences with others. She plays with others. She is now improving to write. She can see. Thank you for you did for her. It was a really big challenge. She could not read and write but now she can read well. She will continue to improve in her class work.” Says Teacher Mercy.

He comes with a writing board which he uses to test at what distance between her eyes and the board that she can read with better clarity. He also carries a long low vision books from the low vision department at Mengo Eye Hospital with more contrasted lines to ease Shalom’s writing experience at school. He makes recommendations to Teacher Mercy and the Head teacher of the school as well.

Benard commends the distance between Shalom’s seat and the chalkboard as suitable.

“The blackboard is good enough. The position in class is also good. The girl is sitting in front. And the teachers seem to be helping her.” Benard says.

With the help of spectacles, Shalom can see on the chalkboard, she’s able to copy from the chalkboard and write.

“Shalom should be given extra time because of her slow speed. She should also be given a CBM writing stand to reduce her bending posture. The teachers need to often to check on her work. 

She needs special low vision books which have more pronounced lines and not the normal class work books. With that we believe that Shalom’s progress and studies will be much improved.” Says Benard.

Shalom is expected to continue with regular review of her eyes and eye glasses from Mengo Eye Hospital.

“We really want to appreciate CBM for the good support they are giving these children to improve their lives so that they are able to study normally and integrate with another children so that what we call inclusive education policy.” Benard appreciates.

After the reading and writing class, the class takes a tea break where every child is free to take the tea provided by the school or eat what has been packed from home. Shalom shares her snack with her friends and her friends do the same with her.

Soon after break, it is play time. Play time is characterised by singing, jumping, running and playing on the slides and swings. The children happily sing rhymes as the dance and jump, laughing, giggling and smiling.

It is evident that Shalom has made a few friends and she carries herself with a sense of belonging to her peers.

After play time, the children return to class and wait for their parents to pick them up at noon.

Back home from school

Shalom’s mother is on time to pick her up. They walk back home while Shalom narrates to her what she studied and the games she played with her friends from her class. Fridah, Shalom’s mother listens with an interested attitude and she chips in with an occasional “oooh” to express that she is happy for her daughter. 

Soon, the two are back home. Shalom takes off her uniform and drinks some cold juice and piece of bread, while Fridah looks for the Jerrycans to fetch water, first before they can sit down to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. 

Soon, Shalom is walking to the well on her own, on the rough terrain. She can see where she is going and even runs ahead of her mother. She is able to manoeuvre all the corners, bumps and potholes in the narrow footpath that slopes to the well. Shalom could not do that on her own. Her mother had to hold her hand and eventually carry her because it took a lot of time for her mother to hold a Jerrycan and also Shalom at the same time.

She can fetch the water for herself and insists on fetching water for her mother as well. She is bubbly and playful at the well. She takes off her shoes and carries her three litre Jerrycan. Previously, she was only able to carry one litre.

This is the change that Shalom is experiencing after surgery. She is more involved in home activities and happily participates. 

When they return from the well, Shalom pours her water into the bucket and begins to wash her school socks as her mother watches on, directing her to focus on dirty parts of the socks. After washing, it is time for Shalom and her mother to spend time as they wait for the rest of the family to come home in the evening.

“I have no words to thank you enough. You have given my daughter what I could never giver her without your help. I pray that God bless you. I cannot stop saying thank you.” Fridah Says with a wide smile.

Shalom is a changed child thanks to the CBM funded surgery. She will study with her glasses and the Social Worker will continue to monitor Shalom so that she can observe all required reviews from time to time at Mengo Eye Hospital.

Report by: Charity Ainembabazi, CBM Field Communications Coordinator – Uganda

© 2019

November 16, 2023

My Vision: Unity & Charity by The Industry Times (German)

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Einheit und Nächstenliebe | Lily Amis & Thir13eens harmonische Zusammenarbeit

Im Bereich der Indie-Musik wird ein neuer, gefühlvoller Titel mit dem Titel „My Vision“ nicht nur über die Lautsprecher, sondern auch in den Herzen der Zuhörer auf der ganzen Welt Resonanz finden. Die Single ist eine durchdachte Kreation von Lily Amis mit den himmlischen Vocals von Thir13een und markiert ihre neunte Zusammenarbeit. „My Vision“ ist mehr als eine Melodie; Es handelt sich um einen klaren Aufruf zur Wohltätigkeit und eine Erinnerung an die universelle Spiritualität, der pünktlich zur Weihnachtszeit am 13. November 2023 veröffentlicht wird.

Lily Amis, bekannt für ihre vielfältigen Talente als Autorin, Bloggerin und Künstlerin, verbindet ihre Stimme für Flüchtlinge und Menschlichkeit mit ihren künstlerischen Bemühungen. Ihr Engagement für soziale Anliegen zeigt sich in ihrer Initiative des Lily4Humanity Creativity Contest und ihrer humanitären Petition #HumanityB4Nationality. Zusammen mit dem britischen Produzenten und Singer-Songwriter Thir13een hat Amis einen Teppich aus Musikgenres gewebt, der von Soul/R&B bis hin zu Rap und Pop reicht und alle eine Botschaft der Einheit und des sozialen Bewusstseins unterstreicht.

„My Vision“ ist die dritte Veröffentlichung nach „Tasteless Breakfast“ und „My Mission“ und trägt eine kraftvolle Botschaft, die religiöse und kulturelle Grenzen überschreitet. Das Lied betont die Dankbarkeit und das Gedenken an diejenigen, die sich im Kampf befinden, und betont, dass die Anerkennung einer einzigartigen göttlichen Einheit unabhängig vom Glauben einer Person eher vereinen als spalten sollte.

Dieser Titel dient einem doppelten Zweck als Sensibilisierungshymne für zwei bedeutende Wohltätigkeitsorganisationen: The Christoffel Blind Mission Switzerland (CBM) und Smile Train UK. Die Mission von CBM besteht darin, eine integrative Welt zu fördern, in der Menschen mit Behinderungen ihre Menschenrechte uneingeschränkt ausüben und ihr Potenzial entfalten können. Smile Train UK war ebenfalls maßgeblich an der Bereitstellung von Spaltbehandlungen für Kinder auf der ganzen Welt beteiligt. Beide Organisationen haben durch ihr Engagement und ihren Dienst einen unauslöschlichen Einfluss auf die Menschheit ausgeübt.

Die Musik mit ihrem orientalischen Flair ergänzt die tiefgründige Hintergrundgeschichte von Ernst Jakob Christoffel, dem Gründer von CBM, dessen Vermächtnis trotz seiner Nöte die Texte des Liedes inspiriert. Amis zieht Parallelen zwischen Christoffels Hartnäckigkeit und dem Potenzial jedes Einzelnen, einen sinnvollen Beitrag zur Gesellschaft zu leisten, unabhängig von seinem Beruf oder seinen Fähigkeiten. Sie plädiert für eine Welt, in der Faulheit keine Option ist und in der jeder seine Talente einsetzt, um Freude und Positivität zu fördern.

Amis hat für ihre Texte speziell die Themen Blindheit und Spaltchirurgie ausgewählt und symbolisiert damit die oft metaphorische Blindheit der Gesellschaft gegenüber den Privilegien, die sie besitzt, und das Bedürfnis nach Positivität in einer Welt voller Unvorhersehbarkeiten. Sie drängt darauf, dass jeder die Möglichkeit haben sollte, zu lächeln und Glück zu erfahren.

Ihr Engagement für wohltätige Zwecke und ihre Zusammenarbeit mit Thir13een unterstreichen eine künstlerische Reise, bei der es nicht nur um Musik geht, sondern um eine Vision für eine bessere, integrativere Welt. Während sich „My Vision“ auf die Weihnachtszeit vorbereitet, lädt es die Zuhörer ein, nicht nur die Harmonien zu genießen, sondern sich auch auf den tieferen Aufruf des Liedes zum Handeln einzulassen – ein Beweis für die Kraft der Musik als Kraft des Guten.

Wer sich von „My Vision“ inspirieren lässt, kann sein Engagement vertiefen, indem er die Website von Lily Amis oder Instagram besucht, den Vision-Kalender 2024 kauft, ihren Shop nach einzigartigen Merchandise-Artikeln durchstöbert und sich das offizielle Songvideo ansieht – alles ein Schritt zur Unterstützung der Einheit Botschaft der Hoffnung und Nächstenliebe.

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November 14, 2023

My Vision: Unity & Charity by The Industry Times

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Unity and Charity | Lily Amis & Thir13een’s Harmonious Collaboration

In the realm of indie music, a new soulful track titled “My Vision” is set to resonate not just through the speakers but within the hearts of listeners globally. The single is a thoughtful creation by Lily Amis, featuring the celestial vocals of Thir13een, marking their ninth collaboration. “My Vision” is more than a melody; it’s a clarion call for charity and a reminder of universal spirituality, released timely for the holiday season on November 13th, 2023.

Lily Amis, known for her multifaceted talents as a writer, blogger, and artist, intertwines her voice for refugees and humanity with her artistic endeavors. Her commitment to social causes is evident in her initiative of the Lily4Humanity Creativity Contest and her humanitarian petition #HumanityB4Nationality. Alongside the British producer and singer-songwriter Thir13een, Amis has been weaving a tapestry of musical genres ranging from Soul/R&B to Rap and Pop, all underscoring a message of unity and social consciousness.

My Vision” is the third release following “Tasteless Breakfast” and “My Mission,” and it carries a powerful message that transcends religious and cultural boundaries. The song emphasizes gratitude and remembrance of those in struggle, asserting that irrespective of one’s faith, the acknowledgment of a singular divine entity should unite rather than divide.

This track serves a dual purpose as an awareness anthem for two significant charities: The Christoffel Blind Mission Switzerland (CBM) and Smile Train UK. CBM’s mission is to foster an inclusive world where individuals with disabilities can fully exercise their human rights and reach their potential. Smile Train UK, similarly, has been instrumental in providing cleft care to children worldwide. Both organizations have made indelible impacts on humanity through their dedication and service.

The music, with its oriental flavor, complements the profound backstory of Ernst Jakob Christoffel, CBM’s founder, whose legacy despite his hardships inspires the song’s lyrics. Amis draws parallels between Christoffel’s tenacity and the potential within every individual to contribute meaningfully to society, regardless of their profession or abilities. She advocates for a world where laziness is not an option, and everyone employs their talents to foster joy and positivity.

Amis has specifically chosen the themes of blindness and cleft surgery for her lyrics, symbolizing society’s often metaphorical blindness to the privileges they possess and the need for positivity in a world rife with unpredictability. She urges that everyone should have the opportunity to smile and experience happiness.

Her commitment to charity and her collaboration with Thir13een underscores an artistic journey that is not solely about music but about a vision for a better, more inclusive world. As “My Vision” gears up to grace the festive season, it beckons listeners to not only enjoy the harmonies but to also engage with the song’s deeper call to action – a testament to the power of music as a force for good.

For those inspired by “My Vision,” you can deepen your engagement by visiting Lily Amis’ website, Instagram, purchasing the Vision Calendar 2024, exploring her shop for unique merchandise, and viewing the official song video – each a step towards supporting the unified message of hope and charity.

Listen to “My Vision” now!

November 13, 2023

My Vision Song Lyrics


Lily Amis feat. Thir13een, RELEASE 13. November 2023

See and smile, See and smile

Celebrate life, see the colors of light through your eyesight

Smile and sing Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah


Had an empowering conversation last night

A boy asked me, how rich am I

I answered wealthy rich

He asked me further, how happy am I

I’m the happiest man in the world, I replied


When I wake up having a bad day

Wishing I could stay in bed all day

I remind myself, there is no reason to be lazy, lazy

I’m grateful to be alive; I count the blessings in my life

Always a reason to smile

To see the world through different eyes 


Let’s celebrate every day like New Year's Day

Watch the sunlight shine bright through your eyesight

Enjoy the colours of life through your vision

See, smile and sing Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Yeah, yeah Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Oh oh oh, Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah, yeah, yeah


I see the world through those who don’t have a vision

Desperately wish they could see the colors of seasons

Isolated ones that is challenged by blindness

Trapped in the darkness

Dreaming of seeing colours in sharpness


I smile to the world for those who can’t smile

wishing they could eat and breathe

The lonely ones trapped in mental isolation

dreaming of a happy life without limitation 


Let’s celebrate every day like New Year's Day

Watch the sunlight shine bright through your eyesight

Enjoy the colours of life through your vision

See, smile and sing Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Yeah, yeah Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Oh oh oh, Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah, yeah, yeah


Millions have only limited eyesight

Too many children can’t even smile and enjoy life

I can walk, hear and talk, see, smell, taste and touch

I consider myself a wealthy rich man

I’m one of the blessed ones in this population

I remind myself disable people have only limited orientation

Let’s celebrate every day like New Year's Day

Watch the sunlight shine bright through your eyesight

Enjoy the colours of life through your vision

See, smile and sing Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Yeah, yeah Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah

Oh oh oh, Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah, yeah, yeah


The little boy in me smiled and said

I understand, no need for more explanation

Today I needed this motivation

I pray and support those who can’t see and smile

I smile and sing Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah