Ethiopia has one of the highest percentages of blind people per capita of any country in the world. Eighty percent of this blindness is either preventable or treatable. Simply stated–it does not have to happen. As an addition to the tragedy of blindness, many children fall into a life of servitude to the blind person, making the impact twice as severe. Ethiopians do not use seeing-eye dogs like many do in other parts of the world. Instead, you see small children slowly, quietly and faithfully leading a blind person through the streets. These children are kept from getting an education and even playing with their friends. THAF provides funding for front-line organizations addressing this devastating problem.