Restore eyesight to 1000 villagers in India

 
$10,666
$19,334
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Jawsa after regaining her eyesight
Jawsa after regaining her eyesight

Not many get a second chance to live their life the way they want and visualise this beautiful world. You can relate to the situation more if you belong to a country where 40% of the population still lives below the poverty line. You can imagine when it is really difficult to earn 3 meals a day and support a big family. Jaswa, is few of the lucky ones who once again can see the world around her and can do her daily activities on her own without any support.

Until 13th February, 2015; she was entirely dependent on others for her daily chores as well. She was suffering from cataract since last 1.2 years but was helpless. Her life was full of darkness where no one was there to understand her, and support her. Her days were passing like ages with no motivation to live. Jaswa is a 75 year old widow. She lost her husband 6 years back. She belongs to Purnadih village of Hazaribagh district, Jharkhand, India. She is dependent on her sons for her livelihood who work hard; days and nights to feed the family. Her sons are a daily wage labourer and a farmer. There are nights when they sleep empty stomach with a new hope for the next day. Getting their mother treated for cataract was an impossible thing for them.

You - The donors have made it possible. Jaswa, attended the Village Screening camp being organised by us in her village and was diagnosed of cataract in her left eye. She was brought to the hospital and successfully operated for cataract. She can see clearly now and is extremely happy with the support. She and her family expressed their sincere gratitude to the donors and said " I never imagined that I will be able to see again. I thought my life will end like this. God sent you people to help me. I can see again now and bless you all for the support."

We were able to give her a second chance only with the support of people like you. Please keep supporting so that we can give a Second chance to many more like her.

Thanking You

Shweta Sinha

Patient diagnosis during Screening Camp
Patient diagnosis during Screening Camp
Patients waiting for their turn during Camp
Patients waiting for their turn during Camp
Pemiya after surgery
Pemiya after surgery

Pemiya, 75 years, is an old woman who belongs to Karma village of Koderma district. For her this new year is filled with hope and happiness. Though she is 75 years, she is still working tirelessly everyday in a Brick kiln factory with her son to support her family. She hardly makes Rs. 80-100 everyday; so is her son. They are running their family smoothly and are satisfied.

Until last year, Pemiya was facing problems due to her poor eyesight and was unable to get herself treated in their small income. She also got hurt and injured during working hours due to her poor eyesight. Also, due to the dust in the factory her eyesight was deteriorating every day. She and her son could not save money for any emergencies in their meagre income. The situation worsened during idle seasons when the brick factories are closed during the part of the year. They borrow money from their neighbours and relatives to feed themselves.

NBJK managed hospital conducted a Screening camp in the remote village where Pemiya was diagnosed of cataract in her right eye. She was worried about the treatment cost as she did not have any money. She was informed to be operated without any expenses and was brought to the hospital in van. She was admitted for a day and was successfully operated for pre and post medication on 25 november, 2014. She can see clearly now and is working like earlier to support her family.

She is very happy and expressed her gratitude towards the kind support. 

With your kind support we are able to restore vision of the needy and poor who were always left behind. Please keep supporting in future as well to restore vision of the needy.

We express our sincere gratitude towards your generosity and helping the one in need. 

I am hereby also sharing the link of the coverage of our Eye care program by the esteemed news channel "Times Now" for your kind perusal. Please follow the link to view it and kindly share your wiews and comments on it.

http://www.timesnow.tv/Vision-restoration-for-the-poor/videoshow/4447157.cms

Thanking You

Shweta Sinha

Program Manager

NBJK

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NBJK with its committment to provide quality Eye care services to the needy people in Jharkhand state launched a Vision centre in Koderma block, where the patients of the nearby area can visit and get themselves diagnosed and treated. We wanted to create awareness in the area about Eyecare and encourage people to get themselves diagnosed. The vision centre uses latest equipments for diagnosis and provides spectacles and medication. In case if the patients were diagnosed of severe Eye diseases like Cataract, Glaucoma or other diseases they will be referred to the NBJK's base hospital where they will be further diagnosed and operated.

As, the vision centre in Hazaribagh was a big success, expectation from the Koderma's Vision centre was also high. Optometrists and staffs were recruited, equipments were purchased, stocks of spectacles and medicines were purchased to make the Vision centre run effectively. Despite all the efforts; unfortunately, the Vision centre did not work as per expectations and the inflow of patients was very less. With so much investment of time, capital and energy the Vision Centre was not working. 

We were not happy with the development and tried to figure out what went wrong with the Vision centre. We did conducted a random sample survey where we interviewed few patients who visited the centre, random people in the nearby area and also the staff. With the survey we came to know that the location of the Vision Centre is not appropriate, it is difficult to reach and requires more conveyance cost. It is a big factor making people reluctant to visit the centre. Also, we came to know that we failed to understand the customer's needs to providing specific frame/design/range of spectacles as asked by them. The customers were not happy with the range of spectacles provided by us. Now, we have changed our inventory materials to suit the customer's demands. 

Here is what we learnt from our experience:

- Need assessment/ understanding the area, people is key to any activity.

- Location is an important factor: it should be easily accessible by public transportation.

- Staff should be competent enough to understand people's need and demand.

Ganesh - Making basket
Ganesh - Making basket

We are happy to present the Progress Report of our project and like to thank all our donors for constantly supporting us. Till date we have been able to restore eyesight of 212 cataract patients who would have otherwise gone blind without any aid. All the operated patients can see clearly now and are very happy with the kind support. All of them are back to their work and are taking better care of their family. They are no more dependent on other family members for their daily chores and can move freely and independently after their cataract surgery. 

Ganesh, 60 years, belongs to Pahadpur village of Jarmundi block. He was finding it difficult to do his daily chores due to his poor sight. He lives by himself and there is no one to take care of him. He was leading a troublesome life until he visited the nearest Village Eye Screening camp being organised by us. He was diagnosed of cataract and was referred to the base hospital. He was successfully operated on 29th January, 2014 and can see clealry now. He makes baskets made of bamboo for his living. He is back to work now and has a sustainable income source after his improved vision. Ganesh lives alone as his wife is nomore and his daughter is happily married and stays with her in-laws. Ganesh says "I was struggling due to cataract since last 8 months but could not afford my treatment. I am happy to see again and take care of myself with the kind support."

We express our sincere gratitude to all our donors for helping us reach these people in need and supporting us in restoring their vision. We are hereby also sharing our current Annual Report for your kind perusal.

Please keep supporting us so that we can help and restore eyesights of more people in need.

Thanking You

With Regards

Shweta Sinha


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Khudiram ready to feed his cows
Khudiram ready to feed his cows

Khudiram (70 years) is a poor villager belonging to Gaaybathan village of Jama block. He has a son and a daughter. His son is a migrant labourer and very often goes outside for months. Khudiram has to look after the family in absence of his son. Due to cataract problem since last 8-9 months, he was unable to rear his cows and work properly to support his family. He was leading a troublesome life until he visited his daughter; where he came to know about the camp being organised by us. He attended the camp and was diagnosed of cataract in his right eye. He was brought to the hospital and was successfully operated. He is also provided with medication and spectacles and is advised to visit the hospital again for follow-up checkup. Now, he has a good vision and is able to carry with his livelihood activities and support his family. 

There are many people like Khudiram who have restored their vision and are back to their normal life with support of kind people like you. Khudiram and their entire family expressed their sincere gratitude towards your kind support. Please keep supporting to restore many more people who are in need.

 

Thank You.

With Regards,

Shweta Sinha

Khudiram feeding his cows
Khudiram feeding his cows

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Satish Girija

Hazaribag, Jharkhand India

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