Dear Seva Canada Supporters, 

In this, our 40th anniversary year, we want to celebrate you - our donors, volunteers and cheerleaders, our program partners and international staff, and every person who has donated, bought a t-shirt, calendar or cards, come to a concert, lent a hand, or worked with our partners in-country.

Girl and Grandfather with glasses at Lumbini Eye Hospital

Little Girl and Her Grandfather at Lumbini Eye Hospital 

In 40 years of giving and supporting, what impact have you made? Here are just some of the innovative eye care firsts you've made possible:

  • First eye care organization to modify, perform and teach cataract surgery that requires no sutures; revolutionizing eye care in low-income countries. 
  • First eye care organization to question and research if eye care was gender equitable (it's not, the findings showed that 2/3rds of the world's blind were women and girls) and to create gender-equal eye care programs. 
  • First eye care organization to fund financially self­sustaining eye care facilities in some of the world's poorest regions - while still providing free services for those too poor to pay. 
  • First eye care organization to provide operational research training to international partners so they could evaluate and improve their own program effectiveness. 
  • First organization to utilize established community groups to identify those in their communities in need of eye care and connecting them with the available services. 
Molly Atim in Uganda with husband

Molly and her Husband in Uganda After Receiving Glasses

Thank you for every impact you have created, every dollar you've given, every time you've spoken about Seva Canada to your friends, family and neighbours, and for believing that every person, no matter where they live, has the right to sight. 

Thank you for every impact you have created, every dollar you've given, every time you've spoken about Seva Canada to your friends, family and neighbours, and for believing that every person, no matter where they live, has the right to sight. 

And, in case there is any doubt about whether the people we serve continue to need your support ... there are still 43 million people worldwide who are blind and that number is expected to increase to 61 million by 2050 due to an aging and increasing population. 

Thank you for 40 years of support! 

With gratitude, 

Penny Lyons, 
Executive Director

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