At Seva, we believe that everyone has the right to sight. Founded in 1982, our mission is to restore sight and prevent blindness in low- and middle-income countries. Through our unique partnerships, Seva works to establish locally managed eye care programs that will continue to serve people and communities long after Seva’s involvement is complete.

With decades of experience working in some of the world’s poorest regions, we know that restoring a person’s sight and preventing blindness can relieve suffering, reduce poverty and transform lives. Pronounced “say-va”, Seva is a Sanskrit word for service.

Our vision is a world in which no one is needlessly blind or visually impaired.

Our History

For more than three decades, Seva has been fighting blindness and restoring sight around the world. It all began with the eradication of smallpox and a commitment to alleviating human suffering.

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Our Team

While Seva's home base is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Seva team includes staff, honourable patrons, board members, photographers and field teams from around the world.

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Our Supporters

At Seva Canada, we know we can't fulfill our mission alone. From individuals to corporations and everyone in between, our supporters make it possible for us to do great things.

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    Supporting Women Leaders in Eye Care Research

    Less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women and, in low-income countries, the percentage is far less. Seva Canada has actively engaged, recruited and mentored women in research because a gendered approach to research increases the range of interventions and breakthroughs that come from looking at problems from different perspectives.

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