Project #4915

Seeing is Believing

by Blind People's Association (India)
Function to Falicitate Volunteers
Function to Falicitate Volunteers

After successful launching of Save Sight Ahmedabad Campaign, the Project has launched an innovative campaign "Cataract Free Sabarkantha" campaign. This campaign shall focus upon bringing down prevalence of cataract in the district to the extent of 100 per 100,000 population which is accepted parameter as "Cataract Free Region". In other words, the campaign would ensure organizing eye camps in the whole district within a period of one year and performing eye surgeries of all those patients requiring the same. Very intensive efforts would be made to identify each and every person requiring eye check up.

The whole story begin with an enquiry from Mr. Rasik Shah and Mrs Kusum Shah Rasik residing in the USA. He desired to support an eye camp to be organized on 27th January, 2011 at Sathamba in the tribal distict of Sabarkantha. This camp was organized under the banner of MANAV SEVA MANDAL, SATHAMBA".  A very successful camp as the Project identified 92 persons and organized performing of surgery at Bareja. The success of this eye camp motivated Shah couple to become volunteers of our project and motivate other Non Resident Indians residing in the USA to extend support to this initiative.

Motivated from Shah couple, Mr Rasik Shah of Gabat, now residing in New York and his family members came forward to support a similar camp at Gabat, another village in Sabarkantha village which has sent a large number of NRIs to the USA. The success of this camp motivated Mr. Ramesh Shah, Mr. Vijay Shah and many other residents of Gabat to come forward and support this initiative.  With the success of a few camps in the district, the members decided to launch the campaign "Cataract Free Sabarkantha". To promote this campaign in a systematic manner, the group has formed a public charitable organization names as "Samata Vikas Charitable Trust".

All these volunteers and supporters organized a major camp on 12th January, 2014 which was attended by Mr. Ramesh Shah, all volunteers of earlier 12 camps, a large number of NRIs. The whole program was coordinated by Mr. Vijay Shah, a moving spirit behind the campaign. The Blind People's Association was represented by Dr. Bhushan Punani, Executive Director; Ms Nandini Rawal, Project Director; Mr. Dharmednra Jena, Manager, Bareja Eye Hospital and whole team of hospital. The SVCT also released the Annual Report for the year 2013 highlighting achievements of this campaign.

All the volunteers of 12 teams were honoured publically. During the function, it was pointed out the "Cataract Free Sabarkantha" should now be upgraded as "Cataract Free Gujarat". Most members present in the function appreciated the idea and desired to upgrade the campaign after target of "Cataract Free Sabarkantha"has been achieved.

Now, we request all those persons in supporting such innovative campaign to extent helping hand and donate US $ 30 through Global Giving for sponsoring each eye surgery.

Camp in Progress
Camp in Progress
A tremendous confidence after cataract surgery
A tremendous confidence after cataract surgery

1. Joy of Giving Week: Every year, 2nd to 8th October is celebrated as "Joy of Giving" week to promote sense of giving among the citizens. This event has been getting tremendous response from the developmental NGOs, Corporate and Donor Community. The N H Eye Hospital which has been implementing Seeing-is-Believing" promote Joy of Giving Sight during this week. The Project would launch this concept on 3rd October by organizing a mega camp as per following details:

Apart from various other activities, the Blind People's Association is running an eye hospital at Bareja for providing comprehensive services of eye health at completely free of cost or affordable cost.

As per estimates of National Program on Control of Blindness, 32 million people need to be operated to restored their vision. As per estimates of BPA, the backlog of eye surgeries in Ahmedabad alone is 20,000 surgeries. The BPA and Areez Khmbatta Benevolent Trust with the support of Cama Motors has launched a campaign "Save Sight Ahmedabad" with a target of performing 20,000 eye surgeries in the next 5 years. 

As a part of this campaign, "Joy of Giving Sight" shall be celebrated on 5th October by organizing a mega eye surgeries camp for the poor slum dwellers of Ahmedabad. Last year, BPA promoted "Joy of Giving Sight" for 300 persons.

We invite all the volunteers, members of community and corporate to join us on this occasion

Time: October 2, 2013 from 9am to 2pm
Location: Bakra Mandi
Street: Ranip
City/Town: Ahmedabad
Website or Map:
Phone: Mobile 09898456171, 09327547205
Event Type: awareness, volunteering
Organized By: Mr. Dharmendra Jena, Manager, Navalbhai Hiraba Eye Hospital, Bareja, Phone- 09898456171, 09327547205

Details of this event are available on URL:

2. Success of Cataract Free Sabarkantha: A group of volunteers led by Mr. Vijay Shah of Ahmedabad, Mr. Ramesh Shah of USA and Mr. Rasik Shah of USA have decided to promote the concept of Cataract Free Sabarkantha. The group is organizing eye camps on every Sunday in different villages to identify cases for eye surgeries. Response so far is fantastic and in every camp, more than 100 persons requiring eye surgeries are identified. One of the main supporters of the campaign has made the following observation:

Dear All,
We appreciate everyone's feelings to work for this noble work. Leadership of this work is with Friends of USA- Shri Rasikbhai P Shah, Shri Rameshbhai P Shah and Shri Rasikbhai M Shah.
In India, we are managing Camp planning, coordination with BPA, local team, communication , Local Camp fund requirement . As we are extending to more places, there will be a challenge to manage our fund commitment . Its local or USA/outside.  Let each one help by some contribution from self/ from friends.
So far, we are reached only few friends of USA , as well local brothers and sisters.  We are sure to manage required fund to meet our mission Cataract Free Sabarkantha, we look for strong support from INDIA based our leaders to spread message and be part of this noble work and help us to assure fund commitment.

Vijay Shah

3. Expansion of Infrastructure: One retired teacher, Ms Vasantiben has extended support of US $ 65,000, Dr. Nitin Shah has extened support of US $ 40,000 and Life Insurance Corporation of India has also extended support of US $ 40,000 to construct additional 2 floors of the building to enhance capacity of the hospital from 50 beds to 100 beds. With this expansion, the project would be able to double its capacity for conducting eye surgeries. The exansion shall be completed by 3rd November, 2013.

Thanks to donors of GlobalGiving that this project is progressing very well. We request all the donors to extend their further support for enabling us to achieve our target of 15,000 surgeries every year.

Back to field after surgery
Back to field after surgery
Once again doing normal routine
Once again doing normal routine
Now supporting the family
Now supporting the family
Great example for the community
Great example for the community
Launchof Cataract Free Sabarkantha - 23 June 2013
Launchof Cataract Free Sabarkantha - 23 June 2013

After successful launching of "Cataract Free Ahmedabad" which has now been renamed as "Save Sight Ahmedabad" campaign, Navalbhai Hiraba Eye Hospital now launches "Cataract Free Sabarkantha" campaign. It is being launched jointly by the hospital as well as Vivekananda Samata Vikash Trust. The first eye screening camp is being organized at Vadagam, tribal area of Sabarkantha district in Gujarat on 23trd June, 2013

The Department of Health, Government of Gujarat is providing assistance of Rs. 700 (US $ 12) for each patient to be operated for catact surgeries under the campaign. The hospital steel requires contribution of US $ 17 for each surgeries. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Vijay Shah who belongs to Sabarkantha district is an expert in SAP, local donors are coming forward to support the launching of the campaign.

The Non-Resident Indian settled in USA who originally belong to Sabarkantha District have come forward to support the campaign. This campaign is being supported by Mr. Rashikbhai P Shah, Mr. Rasikbhai M Shah, Mahendrakumar D Shah, Ramesh Shah and Narendra R Shah and villagers of Vadagam.

As our target is reach the whole district of Sabarkantha, we request our donors, supporters and well wishers to exend helpind hand to enable us to achieve our target of making Sabarkantha, a tribal district of Gujarat as "Cataract Free". You are welcome to send you contributions through GlobalGiving and inform us that these contributions are for "Cataract Free Sabarkantha"

Save Sight Ahmedabad - towards Cataract Free Abad
Save Sight Ahmedabad - towards Cataract Free Abad

Seeing-is-believing Project has renamed its Cataract Free Ahmedaabad project as "Save Sight Ahmedabad" Campaign. This unique campaign is being supported by Azeez Khambatta Benevolent Trust, Rasna International, Cama Motors, Union Bank of India, Gujarat Sarvar Mandal Friends of Malayali and number of other Corporates and individuals. Encouraged from this initiative, a group of donors from USA including Shri Rasik Shah, Shri Ashok Shah, Mr. Vijay Shah and Friends of Gabat have decided to launch Cataract Free Sabarkantha.

Our target is conduct 5000 eye surgeries for poor patients from Slum areas of Ahmedabad. We request donors and wll wishers to support us in this unique venture.

Your support will enable us to make City of Ahmedabad as well as District of Sabarkantha - CATARACT FREE - that is true SAVING THE SIGHT

Kindly support Cataract Free Ahmedabad Campaign
Kindly support Cataract Free Ahmedabad Campaign

During the year 2012-13, N H Eye Hospital conducted 10,000 eye surgeries - a landmark achievement. A leadsing industrialist of Ahmedabad, Mr. Piruz Khambattat of Rasna International desired the organization to launch an innovative concept of clearing back-log of eye surgeries. A random sample of slum areas of Ahmedabad and city and its environs established that about 20,000 poor persons in these areas need services of eye surgeries. The project has taken a challenge of conductiong 20,000 additional eye surgeries  during the next 4 years at the rate of 5,000 surgeries per year.

This project popularly knows as "Cataract Free Ahmedabad" was launched on 4th January, 2013, the Louis Braille Day, the inventor of Braille sytem of readind and writing by blind persons. While this campiagn is motivated by Mr. Piruz Khmabatta, Mr. Jeahngir Cama, Managing Director of the Cama Motors and Cama Hotels also joined the campaign and decided regular support to the campaign. With his support, one camp shall be conducted every second Monday of every month at Varahi Mata Mandir, Isanpur. The Trustees of this famour temple in Isanpur have decided to provided complete logistic support for this purpose. The poor people staying in Isanpur, Vatva, Maninagar and Narol shall be able to take advantage of these camps.

With the support of Mr. Piruz Khambatta, the Project is planning to organize one camp in Juhapur, the largest settlement of poor people in Ahmebabad. As per the campaign, all perons having eye problems shall be provided services of eye surgeries an treatments completely free of cost.

We sponsor for supporting this campaign for all other slum areas of Ahmedabad. All prospective donors who wish to support such a large and unique campaign and who wish to enable poor people of Ahmedabad to avail free-of-cost eye surgeries are most welcome to support this campaign.

The organization is getting media support also for popularzing this campaign. The support of donors would enable us to achieve this target of 5,000 additional eye surgeries every years.

Encouraged from the results of this campaign, an organization known as "Friends of Gabat" have decided to launch a campaign "Cataract Free Sabarkantha'. The first meeting on this initiative will be held at the campus of Blind People's Association at Vastrapur on 21st April, 2013. The donors are invited to support this campaign also. Any donor is welcome to contribute US $ 30 for each surgery to conducted as a part of this campaign as well


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Organization Information

Blind People's Association (India)

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Bhushan Punani
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
$64,302 raised of $72,200 goal
767 donations
$7,898 to go
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