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Sight for the Blind

Dear Gabriel,

Your gifts do much more than just give back eyesight to someone who is needlessly blind.

A donation to Seva creates a strong network of international eye clinics that provide much needed access to vision services in the most remote areas of the globe.

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What does it mean for every person to have access to eye care?

Early diagnosis of eye infections & injuries prevent suffering and reduce the chances of a person losing their eyesight.

Routine screenings identify cataract and other eye conditions that can be corrected through sight restoring surgery.

Eye exams and low-cost prescription glasses protect against low-vision and ensure that children will stay in school.

Seva’s sustainable programs bring eye care to the people who need it most, like in Nepal, where we are proud to announce a historic milestone:

As of this spring, all of Nepal’s 75 districts now have permanent access to eye care services thanks to support from Seva donors like you!

Bajura, Nepal had been the last remaining district without an eye clinic. Today, thanks to support from Seva & our sister org Seva Canada, this remote and underserved community now has a Primary Eye Care Center that began serving patients this past month.

We are so grateful for your role in helping to achieve this historic milestone.

Though there is still much work to be done in our campaign to eradicate needless blindness around the globe, it is these successes which we achieve together that deeply inspire us.

Seva wraps up our 2012-2013 fiscal year on June 30th. If you haven’t already supported us this year, or can make an additional gift to restore sight, I hope you will take a moment to do so today.

Yours in service,

Jack Blanks
Executive Director

Dr. Salma Opening Eyes

Meet Dr. Salma (A Seva Trained Eye Surgeon in Nepal).
From SEVA Foundation

In honor of International Women’s Day 2013, Seva proudly 15631highlights one of our most cherished staff members in Nepal. Dr. Salma is an eye surgeon who received her training thanks to support from Seva donors like you. Seva is committed to training women like Dr. Salma who go on to become important leaders in the movement to cure and prevent blindness and low-vision.

We are so proud to invite you to watch this short video feature about Dr. Salma, produced by Seva’s partner TOMS.

Your donation this International Women’s Day will provide training to more young women like Dr. Salma, and provides eye care services to women and girls in the places where it is most needed around the world. Donate.

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Overcoming the Gender Gap in Eye Care: Two-thirds of all people who are blind or have low-vision in the developing world are women. This is primarily because women and girls are treated less than half as often as men. Seva’s Women and Girls Initiative, works towards achieving gender equity by focusing on overcoming traditional barriers to women’s and girl’s access to healthcare. Awareness of the problem is not enough, providing solutions to these gender inequities is one of Seva’s top priorities.

Your donation in honor of International Women’s Day 2013, will train more doctors like Dr. Salma, as well as provide transportation for women and girls and subsidize outreach and surgical programs designed specifically to increase the number of women and girls served.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we thank you for generously supporting our programs in the past and hope you continue to support these important initiatives by making a gift to Seva today. Each donation will help open new doors for women and girls around the world.

So Their Eyes May See

What better way to end this year than by giving a gift that is a life changer for someone in need?

A gift to Seva today is more than a year-end donation… it is a Gift of Hope for a better tomorrow.

Twelve year old Reshmi lives in Bangladesh with her mother and father. About a year and a half ago, Reshmi began to lose her vision in both eyes. As her vision got worse she dropped out of school. Reshmi became depressed as she grew completely dependent on others. She even stopped wanting to play with her friends.

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Reshmi’s parents became increasingly worried about their daughter’s ability to lead a normal life. As Reshmi lost her eyesight, she needed someone to care for her throughout the day.

In October, Reshmi’s mother brought her to a Seva eye camp made possible by donors who generously responded to Seva’s World Sight Day campaign, and by matching funds from Focusing Philanthropy.

Reshmi was examined and Seva’s local team of expert surgeons restored her vision in both eyes – removing the pediatric cataracts which had been causing her blindness.

Reshmi (pictured here with her mother the day after her surgery) tells Seva how very excited she is to return to school. Her mother, once full of worry, is now filled with happiness knowing that Reshmi will return to her studies and be able to succeed in life! Not only will Reshmi’s life return to normal now, but so will the lives of her entire family.

This is just one of so many incredible stories. This year, 85,000 cataract and sight saving surgeries were performed by Seva. Over 1,000,000 people received eye care services. All of this was made possible by generous supporters like you.

Your support today will change a life forever.

We thank you for your year-end support and wish you and yours a very peaceful and joyous New Year!

Jack Blanks
Executive Director
Seva Foundation

The Eyes of the World

From SEVA Foundation

A Solution in Sight

With over 34 years of experience focusing on the prevention of blindness, Seva builds sustainable eye care programs in places where millions of people suffer in darkness from cataract and other avoidable eye conditions. A staggering 80% of blindness is preventable, and Seva’s Center for Innovation in Eye Care has a solution. Through support from donors like you, we have created the Global Sight Network – and the plan is working!

Seva’s Global Sight Network includes many international, award winning, eye care institutions that serve as hubs for training and mentoring.

Our Network improves the performance of eye hospitals in regions where the need is greatest – places like Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Tibet.

The goal is to build the capacity of 100 eye hospitals and to produce one million additional sight-restoring cataract surgeries on a sustainable basis.

This multinational project is the most comprehensive of its kind to address preventable blindness in the world, and the Global Sight Network is on its way toward the goal!

As of today, the Network is assisting over 40 hospitals in 11 countries. United in their goal, Network hospitals are now working as a team to increase outreach programs, get more eye care professionals trained, and to accomplish an additional one million cataract surgeries annually.

One of the first needs identified by the Network was that many hospitals lacked the key staff required to build high-quality, high-volume, cataract surgery programs.

The missing ingredient: ophthalmic assistants.

Today, young people around the world are being trained by Seva’s mentor institutions as ophthalmic assistants, many of them are young women in rural areas where job prospects were few. By receiving training, these young people are able to become valuable members in their communities are vital to the success of Seva’s campaign to restore eyesight to the millions who suffer from preventable blindness.

The unique efforts of Seva’s Global Sight Network are attracting the attention of Corporate donors such as Google and TOMS. Institutions like the Harvard Business School and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), have joined with our donors in supporting this important work.

Recently, the Clinton Global Initiative featured Seva’s Global Sight Network as an example of a powerful strategy to overcome one of the world’s greatest injustices – preventable blindness.

With each new partner and supporter, Seva’s Global Sight Network comes closer to reaching our goal of one million additional sight restoring surgeries.

Help Seva bring eye care services to many of the world’s most underserved regions with your donation to Seva’s Sight Program today >

Read more articles and see additional photos at SEVA.

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