We believe that giving sight to a blind person is the most effective way to relieve suffering, reduce
poverty and transform lives. Seva works in 12 of the world's poorest places: Nepal, Tibet/China, India, Africa (Malawi, Madagascar, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania), Guatemala, Cambodia,
Since 1982, Seva Canada has helped more that 3.5 million people see again.
In 2012 - 2013, Seva donors helped 764,863 people benefit from accessible eye care services
59,619 people received sight-restoring cataract surgeries, restoring their dignity, productivity, and independence.
A donation to Seva is an investment that will have an impact for decades to come. When you donate you're giving the fishing rod, not just the fish. Seva works with local partners, trains eye specialists and empowers communities to create eye care programs that will serve people both year-round and for generations to come.
Blindness and low vision are global health problems causing untold suffering and costing the world billions annually. But ending avoidable blindness is a solvable problem. 200 million people could see tomorrow if they had access to eye care. A $50 cataract surgery taking 15-minutes will restore sight.
A pair of prescription glasses will bring the world into focus.
See how Seva donors gave the power of sight to Dhana Khadka in Nepal:
Help end avoidable blindness. Learn the many ways that you can give the power of sight and read success stories
Spring 2014 Eye Contact Newsletter
So Girls Can See
Half of the world’s population is made up of women and girls. Women and girls don’t go blind more often than men and boys. Yet, two thirds of the world’s blind are female.
Why? Because women and girls are far less likely than men and boys to receive eye care services due to social, cultural and economic factors.
Teaching in Tibet
Last summer I flew to Tibet at the request of Kunga Tashi, the director of Seva Tibet's sight program. Kunga is one of Seva’s gems, a magician who is largely responsible for the success of the program, and for Seva being responsible for 90% of the sight-restoring cataract surgery carried out in rural Tibet.
This would be my fourth Seva trip to Tibet to perform and teach cataract surgery.
A Young Mother's Sight Is Restored
I found Ngawang Dekyi in a big crowd right outside of the operating room. She was quietly waiting in the line and was one of the youngest patients for the day. She is 28-years old, is happily married and has two lovely kids. She became blind in her left eye two years ago.
Read more articles here
Seva in the News
"With donations from friends and his own skills and money, Mike Frastacky constructed a school in Afghanistan after falling in love with the country during his trekking adventures. ... before he was shot and killed in Afghanistan in 2006."
...."Mike's legacy gift was the catalyst that changed Seva from a grassroots organization working in 7 countries in 2007 to one that operates in 12 countries today," says Seva Canada's executive director Penny Lyons.
Read the whole article here
Learn about our Legacy 20/20 campaign and how you can create a legacy of sight.
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Photo of Maasai girl in banner provided by photographer Peter Mortifee.
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