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Jackson Browne
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Peter Coyote
Actor / Writer

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"Compassion and caring for people in need - that's simply a moral necessity. But it's not always easy to do. Seva makes it easy. They know how to put your donations to work in ways that truly benefit people."

Joan Baez
Singer / Humanitarian Activist

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"When we met the folks at Seva, we knew we were among kindred spirits, joining to bring people together in service to others. Whether preventing blindness in Nepal, assisting native peoples in Guatemala and Mexico, or helping our own Native Americans, Seva has been there to help alleviate suffering and improve people's lives. Long may they rock!"

Phil Lesh
The Grateful Dead

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Bruce Hornsby
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Nobel Prize Winner / Seva Partner / Founding Chairman of Grameen Health Services

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Odetta
Legendary Folk Singer

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David Crosby
Singer / Songwriter

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Ama's Story
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Two out of three people who are blind are women and girls. Your compassion restored Ama's eyesight, and is helping to increase access to eye care for women around the globe.

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A Seva Story
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This micro-documentary explains the origins of Seva and our work to prevent and cure blindness around the world.

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Let There Be Sight
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Witness a Seva Eye Camp in the Himalayas of Nepal. In Let There Be Sight, Seva donor Turk Pipkin chronicles his journey with a Seva medical team to a remote surgical eye camp in Nepal's Himalayas where hundreds of people had their vision restored. Special thanks to musician and long-time Seva supporter Jackson Browne for use of his song "Doctor My Eyes."

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What Does Seva Mean...
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We asked Dr. Chundak Tenzing, Seva's Sight Program Director: "What does 'Seva' Mean to you?

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Sight in Cambodia
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Many Cambodia children do not have access to eye care services. Seva trains Cambodian doctors and provides infrastructure so that Cambodia can provide care to it's own citizens. Last year, over 70,000 children in Cambodia received eye examinations as a result of Seva's work. 1/2 of children who go blind in developing countries will die within the first year. By preventing and treating blindness, Seva provides opportunities for life to children around the world.

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For a Chance to See
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Dhana lives in one of the most isolated, impoverished villages on the planet, Bajura, Nepal, a stunning but unforgiving landscape he has not seen for five years. Dhana Kadka is blind due to cataracts. Despite this, he walked 10km through the rocky terrain of far west Nepal by feel and memory. Kadka learned that a group of Seva-supported eye doctors were coming for a special visit. So he made the perilous journey on foot for the chance to see.

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Seeing the World Through A Child's Eyes
In less time than it takes to read this article, a child will lose their eyesight.

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 their vision.

Seva's Pediatric Eye Care Initiative

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Around the globe there are an estimated 19 million children under the age of 15 who are visually impaired.

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.

childseyes3.jpgSeva 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 38 years of service, we thank you for your ongoing support of this important work.

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Care for Children

An estimated 1.4 million children live with blindness around the world and another 19 million are visually impaired. Most of these kids live in areas of the world where even the most basic eye care services continue to be out of reach. Combatting child blindness is one of the most cost effective health interventions and kids who have their sight restored are given an average of 50 years of sight.

Seeing the World Through A Child's Eyes

In less time than it takes to read this article, a child will lose their eyesight. 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.

Donor Spotlight: Nikolas Toocheck

"Just thinking about the kids out there that can't see, I just couldn't imagine not being able to see and I really hope that I can help change that for a lot of kids," says Nikolas.

Bio Eyes Will Provide Comprehensive Eye Care to 200,000 School Children in India

Seva is excited to announce the launch of our new Buy a Frame, Help a Child to See program in partnership with the eyewear brand Bio Eyes. Through sales from this line of eco-friendly eyewear, Bio Eyes will support Seva's efforts to screen the eyes of 200,000 school children in India.

Seva Screens the Eyes of Over 100,000 Children in Cambodia

For nearly 20 years, Seva has been dedicated to building sustainable pediatric eye care programs in Cambodia - programs that provide sight-saving care to children in need throughout the country.

Bringing the World into Focus for Nepali Children in Need

If you have the opportunity to travel to Nepal, a country where 33% of the population is under the age of 14, you will surely notice the smiling faces of children everywhere you go. You may also notice that very few of these children are wearing eyeglasses.

Seva's Fund for Women and Girls

The Fund for Women and Girls supports a variety of innovative programs and partnerships that are improving access to eye care for women and girls around the globe.

Seva's Inaugural #SevaSocialGiving Crowdfunding Campaign

Your support of this innovative campaign made it possible for Seva to train 40 teachers in Cambodia who are screening the eyes of 29,000 students for visual impairment. These efforts are identifying children who need of glasses and sight-saving medical care, like sweet 7-year-old Bopha who is featured in this video.

Seva Donors Make The Miracle of Sight Possible in Cambodia

This past February, a rural school in Cambodia experienced firsthand how the support and compassion of Seva donors, combined with a few dashes of serendipity, changed the lives of the students and teachers forever.

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