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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


"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


"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


"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


"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'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


“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


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

Legendary Folk Singer


“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


“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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Reaching the Unreached in Cambodia
Seva Programs Plan for Expansion into Two New Provinces


With a tumultuous history, the challenges in Cambodia are great. The nation's medical
infrastructure was completely destroyed after many painful years of war and genocide.

The most devastating years of the last century for the Cambodian people were from 1975 to 1979 when the Khmer Rouge brutally ruled over the country and were responsible for the execution of two million innocent citizens.

The ruthless regime proclaimed that they were setting the calendar "back to year zero," declaring war on anything modern and intellectual. The country's educated were rounded up and slaughtered in the infamous killing fields.

Eyeglasses, perceived as an indicator of an education, were destroyed, and anyone caught wearing them risked becoming a victim of the ongoing horrific genocide.

In 1979, the Khmer Rouge was defeated, but not before the country had been brought to its knees. Poverty was endemic. Nearly all of the nation's doctors had been killed and hospitals demolished.

Just one ophthalmologist survived in the entire country.

In the 35 years that followed, Cambodia has made solid steps to rebound from this national trauma. International NGOs like Seva continue to be incredibly important as the country regains its footing.

Over the past 15 years, our donor supported programs have been actively working to train Cambodian eye care nurses and ophthalmologists, build and equip eye care facilities, and provide outreach services to the masses who continue to live in poverty. Thanks to donors like you, Seva now provides over 25 percent of the sight restoring surgeries that take place in the entire country.

In spite of our successes, today, over 43,000 people remain blind throughout Cambodia; a staggering 80 percent could be prevented or cured.

With a focus on sustainability, we have opened clinics like the Battambang Ophthalmic Care Center, a model institution that with our support has become selffinancing within just five years.

In Siem Reap, your donations have helped to open the only dedicated pediatric ophthalmic surgical unit in the entire country. Housed at the Angkor Hospital for Children, this facility examines 800 Cambodian children each month, and provides eye care and sight-restoring surgery to thousands of children each year.

The Cambodian Government has been so impressed with our achievements in the Northwestern provinces that they recently invited Seva to expand our work to two new provinces: Pursat (south of Siem Reap) and Kampot, bordering the Indian Ocean.

Funds are needed to expand these vital programs.

We invite you to donate to Seva so that we can continue to expand our programs in Cambodia and around the globe >

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