What is
Riverblindness?

Dr. Nondo and one of the trained nurses with his blind father

Dr. Nondo and one of the trained nurses with his blind father

Riverblindness is a debilitating disease that causes blindness in thousands of people in Africa and Latin America.

Riverblindness is a parasitic disease transmitted through the bite of the small blackfly that breeds along the banks of fast-flowing rivers.

Humans get infected with the disease during their regular trips to infested rivers for their daily activities such as farming, hunting, fishing and fetching water.

The disease is characterized initially by a rash, severe itching, thickening and depigmentation of the skin, followed by visual impairment and eventually blindness

How can I help eliminate
Riverblindness?

Mectizan provided by Merck

Mectizan provided by Merck

Adopt-A-Village

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$250 donation will provide medication for an entire village.

African Soirée Fundraiser

6th Annual Africa Soirée is scheduled for Saturday March 21, 2015 at 5pm


2014 African Soirée

As you can see form the pictures below the 2014 African Soirée was a huge success. Thanks to all our friends for making this day once again a memorable event in the fight against Riverblindness.


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Adopt-A-Village

Adopt-A-Village is a program whereby your youth group, your church, your organization or you yourself can be associated with a riverblindness-endemic village in DRC through a small donation which will result in the protection of the villagers from the ravaging outcome of the disease and eventually to the elimination of the disease itself.