We are SeeYou and have been committed to people with a (visual) disability in Africa and Asia for 38 years. They are among the most marginalized groups in areas where poverty is greatest. We see them and help with (eye)care, and access to education and work. Together with them, the local community and with you. Because every person is valuable and precious.
Our mission is to contribute to a world in which persons with disabilities fully exercise their rights. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities guides us. Persons with disabilities living in poverty are amongst the most excluded groups in society. They are at the centre of our work and they drive the change. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities guides us in our work.
Martien and Jenny Cozijnsen founded our organization as Dark & Light Blindcare on December 16, 1982. Martien was eye specialist, and loved travelling with his wife Jenny. During their journeys, they were moved by the conditions children with visual impairments lived in: begging alongside the streets, without opportunities to live a dignified life. These experiences ‘lighted the fire’ for the start of Dark & Light Blindcare. ‘We had to do something,’ said Martien. And so, the Dark & Light Blindcare foundation came into being. Showing the love of Christ through concrete action was the main driver for Martien and Jennny to start our organisation. The text of Matthew 25:40: ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do for Me’ reflected for Martien and Jenny perfectly the reason why they initiated Dark & Light, and remained the basis for the work of our organisation until today.
Since 2012, we became part of the Light for the World family, and carried the name Light for the World Netherlands until 1 January 2021. In these years, we have achieved a lot together. It enabled us to enlarge our impact for people with disabilities. We are grateful for the support and collaboration over the previous years. Now, we are approaching a new phase. In the coming years SeeYou will focus on the development of comprehensive programs in Africa and Asia, wherein we work on equal access to (eye)health, education, work and income for people with disabilities. Based on Christian values. With strong and strategic partnerships with CSO’s and DPO’s in the South, and development organisations in the Netherlands. Closely connected to our constituency in the Netherlands.