UPDATE as of Wednesday 11/28 at 12:00PM:
HCP #GivingTuesday campaign is 85% to our Goal! Help us go the extra mile!
Thank you! What an incredible #GivingTuesday event. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we achieved our matching challenge and raised $253,000 in one global day of giving! However, we are still 85% towards our goal of $300,000 -- we have $47,000 left and we are extending our #GivingTuesday campaign until Friday, November 30th. Help us reach our goal of $300,000 and 12,000 surgeries by making a gift today!
A special thank you to our generous donor community, including HCP Board Members and several Friends of HCP, who committed matching gifts to help double the impact of #GivingTuesday.
Join the Himalayan Cataract Project this #GivingTuesday as we work to cure needless blindness! Our goal is $300,000 this year - enough for 12,000 sight-restoring surgeries, please help us by donating and sharing this page with your family, friends, co-workers and social network!
The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) works to cure needless blindness with the highest quality care at the lowest cost. Since its establishment in 1995, HCP has been committed to overcoming barriers impeding delivery of cataract care to underserved, needlessly blind people in low- and middle-income countries with a focus on providing high-quality care, training local personnel and establishing world-class eye care infrastructure where it is needed most.
Although 1 in 200 people worldwide are blind, a population the size of California, the reality is that 80 percent of blindness is treatable or preventable. In the developing world, 18 million people are unable to perform the tasks of daily living because of easily treatable cataracts that can be addressed with a 10-minute, $25 surgery.
The effects of blindness are profound, and felt mostly by the poor - lives are shortened, men and women are torn from the labor force and children are robbed of a childhood. Blindness accounts for $49 billion in lost productivity each year in low- and middle-income countries.