In less time than it takes to read this article, a child will lose
One every minute.
The child will likely be living in
poverty, struggling for survival
in one of the many parts of the
world where access to even the
most basic of eye care services
continue to be out of reach.
Each year an additional 500,000
children will lose their eyesight.
A child's life expectancy can
decline dramatically if they go
blind. The United States Agency
for International Development
(USAID) estimates that half of
children in the developing world
will die within one year of losing
Seva's Pediatric Eye
Around the globe there are
an estimated 19 million children
under the age of 15 who are
Seva and our donors know
that 80% of this blindness is
preventable or curable, and that
when a child's sight is restored
— their life is changed forever.
This is why Seva is dedicated to
the expansion of pediatric eye
care services around the globe.
Seva builds the capacity of local
eye care programs to serve children living in the many of the
world's poorest communities.
From children living in remote
villages of Cambodia and
Bangladesh, to students in
underserved Native American
communities, Seva's programs
provide vital eye care that
reaches those who until now
were unable to access even
the most basic of services.
Through school screenings
in poor communities and the
distribution of free and low-cost
eyeglasses, at-risk students are
now able to see the blackboard
and read the pages of their
textbooks. We know that good
vision is a key factor in their
education. With the world in
focus, these children now have
a fair chance to succeed in life
and to achieve a better future.
Seva's pediatric screenings also
regularly identify many children
who require more complex
intervention. Thanks to Seva
donors like you, over 130,000
children are provided with
eye care screenings each
year and thousands are
provided with surgery to
prevent future blindness.
On behalf of the millions
of children who have been
screened over Seva's 35 years
of service, we thank you for
your ongoing support of this