Our mission

Lewis Swann and Peter Dossou, Sight.org founders

How Sight.org began

Before Sight.org, eye care in Togo was largely nonexistent. Thousands were blind, and many had been for decades.

After three years living on a hospital ship off the coast of West Africa, Lewis Swann felt God was calling him into lifelong service. Lewis asked for his calling, and God immediately responded, “Go to Peter.” At the time, Peter Dossou was an African pastor Lewis barely knew. Then one day, Lewis asked, “Peter, what is your calling?” Peter responded, “Two years ago, I dreamt I was in a rural part of Africa, surrounded by blind people asking for their sight. As I woke, God said, ‘Go to the rural villages, give sight to the blind, and share the gospel.'”

In 2012, Lewis and Peter set out with very little money and no credentials. Today, Sight.org is the leading eye program in Togo, and the gospel expands everywhere they go.

Why blindness exists in Africa

Why so many in Togo are blind

In Sub-Saharan Africa, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness.

In Togo, thousands have cataracts so dense that the only thing they can see is the flash of a flashlight shining in their eyes. Primarily due to malnutrition and the tropical sun, the progression of cataracts is so fast that many who develop cataracts are blind within months. Cataracts still mainly affect the older generation, but many blind are young children as early as the womb.

Further adding to the problem, for most people in Togo, the means to get surgery is virtually nonexistent. A farmer who seldom handles money would have to leave their village, often for the first time, to a city hundreds of miles away. They would need to come up with several hundred dollars for transportation, surgery, housing, food, etc. Due to this enormous challenge, one out of 20 people in rural villages is blind, and many have been in this condition for decades.

Why blindness exists in Africa
The challenges of blindness in Africa

The difficulty of blindness

In Africa, if a person can’t see, they can’t work.

When our work began in 2012, we discovered how dire blindness can be. As one man said, “I have no wife, I have no children; who is going to take care of me?” Fortunately for this man, he was only partly blind and could still farm. But within a few months, blindness would have overtaken his sight, and he did not know how he would manage. For those fortunate enough to have support, it is often at the cost of a child not receiving an education as they spend their days tending to their blind relative. The most common challenge is the financial toll. As they say in Africa, “no eyes, no hands.” So, for people already living well below the poverty line, blindness results in economic disaster. As if deeper poverty was not dire enough, this region of Africa is heavily voodoo and witchcraft—so many blind people are viewed as cursed and ostracized.

How our cataract surgeries give sight to Africans

How we give sight

With a simple 15-minute surgery and a single night to heal, a person trapped in a prison of blindness is set free.

The greatest challenge for Togo, however, is the access. That’s where Sight.org stepped in. With the backing of donors, we set out to take the doctors to rural Togo, eliminating the obstacles that resulted in thousands of blind people being unable to access medical care. Many waited for decades, blind and wholly dependent on others, until one day, they heard a group called Sight.org had arrived in their village.

How our cataract surgeries give sight to Africans
How we share the gospel in Africa

How we share the gospel

After surgery, we tell our patients about Jesus, how He changed our lives and gave us hearts to help his people, and that they can now see because of His love for them.

Our pastors then travel to the patient’s homes to share the gospel with the patients and their families. The patients then introduce us to the chiefs, and the chiefs enable us to share the gospel with the entire village. We connect new believers with a local church, and if there is no local church, we start a church.

Other life-changing impacts

In addition to eye surgeries and sharing the gospel, Sight.org has adopted other practical ways to help.
We train doctors to perform cataract surgery in Africa

Surgical training

Helping to broaden the impact and invest in the next generation of doctors, we help train new doctors to be proficient in surgery.

We provide prescription eyeglasses for Africans


Our on-staff optometrist can prescribe and distribute eyeglasses, significantly increasing people’s quality of life.

We train volunteer nurses to help with eye surgery in Africa

Volunteer nurses

Many people come to us with infections, burns, and a multitude of other health problems. When we have volunteer nurses, we can help.

We teach Africans to grow their own food

Agriculture training

With our 20-acre farm and farming experts, we train farmers in organic high-production techniques to help improve life and increase nutrition.

We support and empower African women

Women's empowerment

We often find women who are ostracised. For some of them, we help them thrive where they are. For others, we offer community and refuge on our farm.