Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $5000! This represents the material cost of providing 200 sight-restoring surgeries ($25 per surgery). An addtional 200 surgeries will be provided by our matching donation.
This is a cause that is near and dear to our heart because Hiro himself is legally blind and knows first-hand the challenges faced by those living with blindness (you can read his story here - http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/sd-me-dickey-1128-story.html).
This fundraiser is part of a wider project, please visit our website for more info: voyageofinspiration.com
Eye care is one of the greatest public health challenges for the 21st century. Of the more than 39 million people worldwide suffering from unnecessary blindness, more than half are due to cataract – which can be surgically treated. Most of these people live in the developing world, where poor nutrition and limited access to eye care can mean a life limited by needless blindness. Numerous studies have shown that sight restoration with cataract surgery is among the most cost-effective interventions in health care. Since 1995, the Himalayan Cataract Project and its global partners have performed more than 600,000 ophthalmic surgeries in the developing world through improvised mobile eye clinics and high-volume cataract campaigns. The life-changing, manual, sutureless procedures can be completed in less than 10 minutes at a material cost of just $25 apiece. Some 18 million needlessly-blind cataract patients still await care, most of them with no place to turn. Cataract surgery is considered one of the most cost-effective medical interventions in the world. By supporting the Himalayan Cataract Project, we can help change the arc of global blindness within our lifetime.