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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

Seva Foundation

"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

Seva Foundation

“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

Seva Foundation

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

Odetta
Legendary Folk Singer

Seva Foundation

“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

Seva Foundation

“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
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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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Jason Mraz & Surprise Guest Bob Weir
A Sold-Out Benefit for Seva Celebrates 70 Brilliant Years

San Francisco's legendary Great American Music Hall was filled to the brim on May 3rd, 2014 for Seva's star-studded celebration of its founder Dr. Larry Brilliant's 70th Birthday. The event featured GRAMMY Award winning musician Jason Mraz who was joined by surprise guest Bob Weir.

The benefit event began with a roast of Dr. Brilliant, friends and colleagues, including eBay founder Jeff Skoll, and Saleforce CEO Marc Benioff, poked fun with graceful delivery. Host of the evening was Dr. Brilliant's best friend, counterculture icon Wavy Gravy.



Opening up the musical portion of the event was Salman Ahmad, a notable Pakistani peace activist and musician. His unique sound blended electric guitar with the traditional percussion of the tabla, a perfect reflection of the diverse crowd that had assembled to celebrate Dr. Brilliant and raise funds for Seva's global eye care programs.

The audience jumped to their feet as headliner Jason Mraz and his band Raining Jane took to the stage. Jason's feel-good songs were both inspiring and moving, with lyrics focused on the importance of love and compassion. It seemed like the evening couldn't get any better when unexpectedly Jason invited a surprise guest, Bob Weir, to join him on stage.

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Bob Weir has been involved with Seva for many years, since he, Jerry Garcia and the other members of the Grateful Dead performed at Seva's first benefit concert back in 1980 which was instrumental in getting the organization off the ground. Since then Seva has restored eyesight to 3.5 million people in need around the globe. Bob Weir, along with Seva Co-Founder Ram Dass serve as an honorary lifetime board members.

In between songs, Jason took a moment to explain that though this was his first time performing for Seva, that he has long been a fan of the organization and of giving gifts from Seva's Gifts of Sight catalog. Jason noted "it is an honor and a privilege to be here tonight. This is my first Seva event…but probably not my last! I first heard about Seva through the generosity of my manager. In lou of gifts, he would give Seva Foundation donations, he would let me know that he had donated to Seva on my behalf. That was the first time I heard about this great organization. It is a great way to donate. Donate for a friend, donate on their behalf, it is a really great way to participate."

The event raised $377,000, enough to allow Seva to be able to restore the sight of 7,500 people! Seva Executive Director Jack Blanks thanks everyone who attended noting, "Seva's birthday bash for our founder Larry Brilliant celebrated not only '70 Brilliant Years' but also Seva's 35 years of service to humanity through the restoration of sight to 3.5 million blind people. And speaking of 'brilliance,' Jason Mraz, backed by Raining Jane, turned out the perfect blend of crowd mesmerizing songs. It was truly a brilliant evening befitting of the birthday boy and man of the hour."

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