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“Seva has given so much help to so many thousands of people for so many years — such a wonderful example of love in action.”

Bonnie Raitt
Singer / Songwriter

Seva Foundation

"For 30 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

Seva Foundation

"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

Seva Foundation

"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

Seva Foundation

"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

“We've always admired Seva's focus on serving indigenous people in the U.S. and around the world. Seva knows how to work with communities in ways that truly benefit those in need. We are honored to be involved with their mission and look forward to contributing to their efforts for years to come."

Tea Leaf Green
Musicians

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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Steve Jobs & Seva

SteveJobsAppleII.jpgSeva has a unique appreciation for Steve Jobs.  While working away in his garage in the late 1970s, Steve made the first significant donation to help start Seva. His gift made it possible for Seva to launch the Nepal Blindness Program -- considered by many to be one of the most comprehensive eye care programs in the developing world. 

Steve participated as an advisor in Seva’s first meetings, and is recognized as one of the organization's co-founders. He recognized the vital nature of data for program planning and quality assurance. His donation of one of the first Apple IIs and VisiCalc enabled Seva’s US and Nepali team to
enter and analyze eye care survey results.  When the helicopter used in the survey needed a replacement engine, Steve's gift of communications tools came to the rescue.  Results of the survey charted the course for millions of sight saving surgeries in the years since. Steve and Laurene helped Seva celebrate its 25th anniversary and the legacy of service made possible by his early gifts.

Apple_II_donated_by_Steve_J.jpgThe recenlty released biography, Becoming Steve Jobs, begins with Steve's participation in an early Seva meeting where he joined members of the WHO and CDC, along with spiritual leader Ram Dass, public health hero Dr. Larry Brilliant, counter culture icon Wavy Gravy and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. As the book describes, "It was quite a collection of people: Hindus and Buddhists, rockers and doctors, all accomplished..." The book goes on to note, "He meditated often. He understood the search for spiritual fulfillment - in fact, he had gone to India specifically to learn from Brilliant's guru, Neep Karoli Baba, also known as Maharaj-ji.... He sat down and started listening. The decision to create a foundation had already been made; the question now on the table was how to tell the world about Seva..." 

The Seva staff and board are grateful to Steve Jobs and his family for their longtime support in helping to tell the world about Seva. 

Honor Steve Jobs' legacy with a donation to support Seva's blindness prevention programs > 


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