Health
 India
Project #4915

Seeing is Believing

by Blind People's Association (India)

Summary

Saving one person's eyesight is is helping one entire family to survive. One poor elderly person whose eye sight is saved becomes a contributing person and helps the family immediately. So far, the target was to conduct 10,000 surgeries per annum. As this target has already been achieved, we are now revising ou target to 25,000 surgeries per annum. To expand the infrastructure, the organization is starting construction of first floor of the hospital building. It is also adding retina unit also
$72,200
total goal
$11,721
remaining
393
donors
4
monthly donors
5
years active

Challenge

The problem is that poor people in remote villages have no access to help services. They can not forgo a day's wages to go to a hospital. Eye sight is lost due to non-operated cataracts. These people soon become burdens of the family because they are not able to work. Poor people become poorer and their problems multiply. More than 60 per cent blindness in India is due to non-operated cataracts. Most of such visual impairment can be easily corrected by performing cataract and other surgeries.

Solution

We will be able to reach to these poor people in remote villages through our vans and bring them to our hospital for treatment where all services including food, medicines, refraction, surgeries are free of charge. Quality treatment will be assured

Long-Term Impact

We propose to reach out to 10,000 people immediately and the long term effect will be better quality of life through improved vision, better earning opportunities leading into better status of the family and acheive better economic status.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.bpaindia.org
website of Blind People's Association
BPA Bareja Eye Hospital web page, on Twitter too
Human interest stories of BPA uploaded regularly

Organization Information

Blind People's Association (India)

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​www.bpaindia.org
Project Leader:
Bhushan Punani
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
$60,479 raised of $72,200 goal
 
692 donations
$11,721 to go
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