Sight for 1 Million Children

In 2018, Seva and our corporate partner MODO came together and forged a commitment to reach 1 million children around the world with eye care services by 2020. MODO committed to funding half of the pediatric screenings and challenged Seva donors to fund the other half. As of 30 June 2020, six months ahead of schedule, Seva and our partners in nine countries had exceeded our target of 1 million. As of Dec 2020, we screened 1,097,467 children – 97,000 children over our goal!

We plan to screen 3 million more children worldwide as part of our C20/20 campaign.

The following stories highlight the impact Sight for 1 Million Children has made in the lives of the children, their families, and their communities.

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Emily grew up in a poor family in Guatemala City. Ever since she started going to school, her parents realized that Emily's vision was not right. Soon the school principal told them that Emily could not see her books, her notebooks, and that she had to go up to the blackboard to write down what her teacher told her. The economic situation of her parents was strained. Despite their financial concerns, they wanted to make sure their daughter got the care she needed. They took her to Visualiza, Seva's partner in Guatemala, to get an eye exam. Because of our partnership, Visualiza was able to waive the costs. Read full story.

INDIA Muskaan

As Muskaan neared the age of 15, there was an eye camp which was set up in her school. All the girls were very excited to get their eyes tested. As Muskaan's turn came, the doctor saw that something wasn't right. He immediately called for her father and Muskaan got her first prescription glasses. This only gave her partial relief. She still wasn't very comfortable with her sight as there was partial blindness in one eye. She didn't want to trouble her parents, as the family of four still had difficulty in making ends meet. Muskaan lost all of her confidence and wondered why she had this great misfortune. When they learned about Seva's partner, Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital, it was truly like a miracle. Read full story.

BURUNDI Darlene and Myriam

Darlene, 4 years old, and Myriam, 2 years old, live with their family in Burundi. The sisters were born with cataracts in both eyes. The girls' mother and grandmother took turns caring for them while they went to work on the farm. "It was a distressing situation in the family. We didn't know how to take care of a blind child," their grandmother noted. One day, while at the market, a man approached Darlene and Myriam's mother. He had been trained by Seva's partner hospital to recognize signs that someone had vision problems. He told their mom about the eye hospital and that they might be able to help. Read full story.


At Visualiza, a long-time Seva partner, the hospital trains many teachers year after year, in order to treat and reach a large number of children throughout Guatemala. Carlos, an outreach manager at Visualiza, helps make this training possible. "Every time we train a teacher, we empower them with our vision of giving back the light to people who want to see," says Carlos. This transforms the lives of teachers as they become individuals of change for their communities, since they possess the necessary tools to be able to change the lives of their students and children in their community. Read full story.

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