Most non-profit organizations I have seen here in the SF Bay are centered around promoting education or eradicating poverty in India, but Sankara Eye Foundation (SFE) is different. They concentrate on providing eye care to needy people in India.
Most of us do not know that many forms of eye blindness are curable or preventable. Ailments like cataract can be corrected by a simple surgery which costs a mere $30. But unfortunately, people who are not economically sound cannot afford this small amount and remain with uncorrected vision.
This is where SFE comes into picture. SFE collects donations from people all over the US and channel the funds to run eye hospitals in India. They have an amazing track record of having performed over 350,000 free eye surgeries in 25 years of their existence! They operate 6 hospitals in India and many more hospitals are being planned.
A staggering 1/5th of all visually impaired people in the world live in India and most of these people suffer needlessly from blindness. Let us hope that SFE’s goal of achieving 20/20 vision for all people in India by 2020 is a success.
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