Imagine being unable to read this simple line of text.
For over a million children worldwide suffering with visual impairment and blindness, this is their reality. Unable to see, their chances of succeeding at school and helping lift their families out of poverty fades, just like their vision. All because they do not have access to eye care.
It is crucial to identify eye problems at a young age in order to give children the best possible chance at healthy vision. If diagnosis and treatment are left too long, they may never regain their vision.
However there is hope. Thanks to donors like you, Seva can hold free eye screenings in schools to diagnose and treat eye problems early, before they become serious or irreversible.
Surgery, glasses and medicine: these are all interventions that you can provide for children so they can have a brighter future. But without screening, children who are most in need of urgent care can't be identified and helped.
Your support means that Seva-sponsored outreach teams can continue to visit rural, hard-to-reach communities and provide free eye screenings in schools to catch eye problems early. Please consider giving today, so we can help as many kids as possible.
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Dilumaya's Story: Her Hope for a Brighter Future
I’d like to share Dilumaya’s story with you. A young girl living in the Sakhuwasava District of Nepal, she has gone through challenges that no child should have to face.
Five years ago, when Dilumaya was just 7 years old, she woke up to find her mother gone. Her father was away working in India, and she was alone. When she called out for her mother, there was no response, and she began to cry. A neighbour came to see what was wrong, and gently explained to her that her mother had left with someone. She never came back.
Upon hearing what happened, Dilumaya’s father came home. He eventually remarried, but had to leave to work again and Dilumaya now lives with her stepmother and goes to primary school near her house. A few months ago, a Seva-sponsored eye care team came to her school to do an eye screening. They found that Dilumaya could not see out of her right eye, and that her vision was very poor in her left eye, and getting worse. She had cataracts.
Like many poor families in developing countries, the cost of cataract surgery was out of reach. Luckily, Dilumaya was able to be transported to a nearby Seva eye camp for surgery, all at no cost.
The day after her operation, Dilumaya was able to see out of her right eye for the first time in years. Her stepmother was overjoyed that her daughter could now thrive like the other kids in their village, and expressed her gratitude over and over to the eye care team.
Cases like Dilumaya’s are common, and the earlier we can diagnose problems like cataract, the better a child's chances are for good vision and a brighter future.
All because of a Seva donor like you. A donation of $150 covered the cost of Dilumaya's cataract surgery, along with the necessary follow-up including prescription glasses.
Screenings in orphanages and schools for eye problems cost even less, only $50. When a pair of glasses costing just $5 can mean the difference between thriving and struggling, isn’t it worth every penny to provide school eye screenings to give children the care they need?
Prescription Glasses for 5 Children - $25
Help 5 children see. Five pairs of glasses will bring their world into focus.
Eye Screening in Orphanages & Schools - $50
Diagnose and treat children with eye problems early to ensure they have healthy vision for life.
Community Eye Screening - $100
Ensure people in remote, rural areas have access to eye care by contributing towards screening entire communities for eye disease.
Restore the Eyesight of a Child - $150
Cure a child's blindness with cataract surgery including a lens implant. Follow-up care is provided along with glasses, medicine and transportation.
It is because of the generous support of people like you that eye care can be provided and change the lives of children and their families. Give children like Dilumaya the power of sight today.
Early intervention is critical
Providing care to children before the age of 5 or 6 years old is critical to ensuring good vision for life. Without proper care, children like Dilumaya will struggle in school, be dependent on a caregiver, and face life-long challenges.
1.4 million children worldwide suffer from blindness
80% of blindness is avoidable by prevention or treatment. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, limiting children’s vision and future.
Sight-restoring surgery changes everything
Children who have their vision restored are given an average of 50 years of sight, allowing them to go to school, play with friends and lead healthy, productive lives.