A Message from the Executive Director and Board Chair
Over the past year, your generous support made it possible for Seva programs to provide transformational eye care services to 1,526,862 people across the world. Take a moment and imagine 1.5 million people – the population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – with expanded opportunities to contribute to their families and communities, and to provide for their own basic needs.
You already know that our programs do more than restore sight. Thanks to your donations, Seva and our partners continue to provide training that leads to livable wage jobs for young women with limited economic prospects in developing countries. Your funds also propel forward advancements in technology and groundbreaking research that enable us to serve even more people more efficiently, making the most of every dollar.
Each of these initiatives is driven by a deeply rooted respect for human dignity and a commitment to selfless – and effective – service. This annual report is a snapshot of how your donations have been transformed into compassion in action.
We invite you to take a moment to connect with the individuals in the report photos. Imagine the little girl who was not able to go to school because she had to take her grandmother who had a cataract to the market. The grandmother can see, and this little girl can now resume her education and realize dreams of her own. Come with us and walk in the shoes of the son who carried his mother to an eye camp so that her sight would be restored. All the while, remember that you, in a very real way, are the hero in these stories. Without fear of exaggeration – we could not do this work without you.
We are grateful for your trust and commitment to do this essential work. Eighty percent of global vision impairment is preventable or treatable. Avoidable blindness and vision impairment are surmountable problems. We hope you will join us as we look to 2019 when we will imagine what it would take to eliminate avoidable blindness in our lifetime. We can realize this big goal together.