Aravind Eye Foundation

To eliminate needless blindness and provide affordable, high quality eye care service to all, rich or poor.
Mar 29, 2016

Thanks to you, India's children can see their way to a better life!

Thank you from the children at Vallalar School.
Thank you from the children at Vallalar School.

Dear friends,

School is out in South India, and kids are getting a well-deserved break from their studies.  But at Aravind, we are getting ready for our busiest year yet with our Spectacles for Scholars program -- all ten of our hospitals will participate, and 500,000 children between the ages of 5 and 17 will be screened for vision problems. 

It's incredible that such a small intervention -- a pair of spectacles -- can have such a major impact on a child's development.  Free eye glasses have been shown to improve math’s scores as much as reducing class size!  Wearing eye glasses produces the same effect as six months’ more education!  And, of course, the impact is even greater among the poor, where education is the only way to a better life. 

Aravind has a lot of experience with school vision screening.  Since we started the Spectacles for Scholars program in 2004, we’ve screened more than 2 million children in 2500 schools and provided nearly 75,000 eye glasses.    

And, that’s where you come in.  Aravind doctors and nurses provide teacher training and screenings free of charge, but your donations buy eye glasses for families who can’t afford them.  Thank you for your thoughtful generosity – we couldn’t do this without you! 

Warmest regards, 

Donna Campbell, Executive Director 

P.S.  Stay tuned – by 2020, Aravind plans to screen 1 million children a year!

Dec 29, 2015

Eye can make a difference!

Vallalar Matric Hr. Sec. School
Vallalar Matric Hr. Sec. School

This photo came from Aravind's school screening team in Pondicherry. I think it says it all. In India, 40 million children need eye care. Most of their vision impairment is completely unnecessary. They just need a pair of eye glasses.

Children around the world need good eyesight to succeed in school, go to college, and get a job. To make a difference.  But the impact in developing countries is greatest, where education is truly the ticket out of poverty, and access and cost limit the availability of eye glasses. 

In 2015, your donation helped Aravind to screen 140,000 children provide nearly 6,000 pairs of eye glasses.  Next year, we play to screen 500,000 children for vision problems, and provide 20,000 pairs of eye glasses.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of India’s children.

Warmest regards,

Donna Campbell, Executive Director

Aravind Eye Foundation

PS:  A special thank you to our VMware and Dell employee donors for your trust in us and your generosity.

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Sep 25, 2015

Best back-to-school supply ever? New glasses! Thank you!

Raja gets her vision tested at her school.
Raja gets her vision tested at her school.

It's back to school time!  No matter how old we are, we all remember those first days of school.  They were exciting! So much was new -- new books, new pencils, new glasses -- what?!  New glasses?!

Yes, new glasses!  Thanks in part to your continuing support, more than 5000 children in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry received new glasses to start their school year off right.  Probably the most important school supply they will ever receive.  

Why? Because if you can't see, you can't learn. And, education is the way out of poverty for the children of India.  

Aravind's Spectacles for Scholar's program has provided spectacles for thousands of children since it was started.  Kids like Rajamennakshmi-- she wants to be an engineer!  New glasses are critical to her success in school and in her chosen career.

This fall Aravind launches our biggest campaign ever for Spectacles for Scholars. We plan to screen one million children for vision problems -- we have a new process for training all teachers to recognize vision problems, so we can do it!  But we will need your help. Around 4% will need new spectacles -- 40,000 pairs. 

Thank you again for your generosity and your belief in us.  We'd also love to hear your ideas about how to get the word out about Spectacles for Scholars.  Please email me at donnacampbell@aravind.org with your questions and ideas.  We would love to hear from you. 

With gratitude, 

Donna Campbell, Executive Director

 

"Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful."
From the journals of Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy, founder of Aravind Eye Care Systems.
Selecting new glasses the same day.
Selecting new glasses the same day.
Back to school -- Raja can read the board!
Back to school -- Raja can read the board!

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