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Bonnie Raitt
Singer / Songwriter

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"For nearly 40 years Seva has made an extraordinary contribution to the world — not only through their international programs, but here in some of the most impoverished communities in North America, on Native American reservations. Thank you Seva."

Jackson Browne
Singer / Songwriter

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"Seva takes the impulse towards generosity and turns it into compassionate action that helps people in real need. I honor my friends and relations by giving to Seva in their name — the entire world benefits. I hope you'll join me."

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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"Seva's efforts create hope and happiness worldwide for so many people in difficult conditions. I've always been amazed and cheered by their good works and I've been very happy to help them in their fundraising efforts."

Bruce Hornsby
Singer / Songwriter

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“I admire Seva's spirit of innovation. Seva is constantly looking for new ideas that can benefit the world, especially the poor, and they aren't afraid to try something that no one has ever tried before."

Dr. Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Prize Winner / Seva Partner / Founding Chairman of Grameen Health Services

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“I congratulate Seva Foundation for the magnificent work they continue to do."

Legendary Folk Singer

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“Seva has done an incredible job all over the world helping people who really need it. I am proud to be one of the many who followed Wavy and his friends down this particular yellow brick road.”

David Crosby
Singer / Songwriter

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“Such dedication to others — how could you not love Seva and what they accomplish? Well done!”

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

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Sight in Cambodia
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
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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Seva donor Tom Murphy visited Seva's programs on three different occasions and walked away more committed than ever.

I visited Cambodia for the first time as a Seva donor in March 2011. Upon arriving in Cambodia, I discovered a welcoming culture. I met up with the Seva Cambodia staff in Battambang, in the northwest corner of Cambodia, and over the next week toured several clinics – both private and state run. It was hard not to be impressed with the efficiency by which eye surgeries were handled. Standards were high, and the staff managed patients effectively and humanely.

This was no small task, as some patients were quite elderly – one told me that she was 91- and over half were female. Patients sat on mats on the floor while they waited their turn for surgery. I was struck by the direct and evident relationship between donated monies and eye care procedures. Overhead in Cambodia was quite low, and the better part of Seva funds went directly to surgeries.


Two years later, in June, 2013, I returned to the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap. Consistent with my impressions from 2011, standards were excellent, and the surgery that I witnessed went smoothly - the only "event" post-surgery was the staff reviving me after a little "surgical room dizziness." I am happy to report that my care was superb, and that I have made a full recovery, with great thanks to the 5 year old surgical patient who reassured me from an adjoining gurney!

In December 2013, I had the opportunity to visit Seva's program in Nepal. Beyond the cultural intoxication of Kathmandu, we headed, by prop plane and small mountain roads, to the eastern region of the "hilly" country, where we attended two eye camps, first in Khandbari and then in Dhankuta. 

Tom has decided to include Seva in his Estate Planning. He is comforted to know that he will continue to support the organization for years to come

TomMurphy2.jpg.png"I decided recently to include Seva in my estate planning. It is reassuring to know that, in the future, my estate may continue (and perhaps augment) the efforts towards blindness eradication. Because blindness is a systemic condition, one that affects profoundly the entire person, it ranks with hunger as one of the most serious of challenges for the world philanthropic community. Unlike hunger, however, blindness eradication can be as simple as a $50 cataract surgery, performed in 15 minutes – with profound and immediate results.
"- Thomas K. Murphy

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At Khandbari, villagers from all around descended on the camp. Some prospective patients had walked for 3-4 days, sometimes barefoot. One man had carried a relative on his back. Eye screenings were performed on the street, as villagers lined up to read the vision chart. Some received prescriptions for eyeglasses, others were prepped for surgery. Over two days time one surgeon performed over 120 cataract surgeries. The surgical team was nothing less than astonishing, prepping patients, administering anesthesia, cleaning surgical instruments and keeping the line moving throughout the day.

The most miraculous aspects of my visit came the day after surgery. A small portion of the patients arriving in Khandbari were bilaterally blind (blind from cataract in both eyes). I was reminded on this day why I became involved with Seva in the first place. There is nothing that compares to the first moments of watching a totally blind patient have his or her bandage removed and their sight restored. To witness their first moments of vision, the return to individual autonomy, along with the joy and gratitude of their family members is both a most powerful and unforgettable experience.

The next day, we were off in the van to the eye camp in Dhankuta, where we experienced again the miraculous scenario of sight restoration along with the appreciative smiles, flowers and blessings from dozens of grateful patients and their relatives.



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