Sightsavers and India: A Real Success Story

Sightsavers is a charity that does work that is reflected in its name. Its purpose is to preserve the eyesight of some of the poorest people on the planet and to help those whose eyesight cannot be saved or restored. The organization focuses on countries with great need and little resources to meet those needs. India is one such country.

 

Many of the problems with eyesight in India relate to living conditions. For example, children will often bathe in ponds that contain organisms that enter the eye and cause damage. Addressing this problem requires not only education but the medical attention that corrects the problems encountered by children. Sightsavers is in the forefront of this mission to bring real change to the people of India.

 

Many charitable organizations cite statistics to highlight their work. While those numbers can be impressive and reflect real success, Sightsavers has chosen in India to highlight their work by telling the stories of real people one at a time that has had their lives transformed. There is no way to truly measure the effect of providing the gift of sight to one person. That one individual can have a ripple effect on untold numbers of people over a period of years. That is the true benefit of a charity that focuses on life-changing work.

 

Sightsavers is using its partnerships with corporations to bring real change in India. One example is the free distribution of antibiotics donated by pharmaceutical companies to individuals to combat infections that lead to the loss of sight. Another way is raising money to provide free eye surgery.

 

Clinics set up throughout India are providing the necessary surgery one person at a time. These surgeries save eyesight and give people in poor communities hope for the future. For the children and people of India, Sightsavers is transforming lives and a way of life. No longer are eye problems an end but now can become a beginning. Children are able to attend school for the first time. They can now read and become productive citizens.

 

Sightsavers is not a handout program to the needy and poor of India. It is a charity that is providing people with the necessary tool of good eyesight that allows them to be productive members of society that can help others the way they have been helped by Sightsavers. They are returning the good fortune they received to others.

 

 

 

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