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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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Global Blindness Levels Reduced!
World Health Organization Announces New Data

Recently, Seva and the global campaign against preventable blindness received some very encouraging news. For the first time in history, the number of people suffering from blindness is decreasing according to new figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to new WHO estimates:

  • 39 million are blind (down from 45 million)
  • 246 million have significant visual impairment (down from 314 million)
Peter Ackland, CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness explains, “These figures are really encouraging as for the first time we have a clear indication of the downward trend in the absolute number of visually impaired people in the world…this success is attributable to the efforts of the many governments and international agencies involved in the VISION 2020: The Right to Sight Global Initiative.

For over 30 years, Seva's pioneering, results-driven, comprehensive approach has helped serve the world's most vulnerable populations with eye care services.

In the past year alone, Seva-supported programs served over 700,000 people in many of the poorest and most remote communities of the globe.

Recent Program Highlights:

Seva’s eye care programs in Cambodia are growing at an impressive rate. The entire country had only 5 ophthalmologists when Seva began working in the region in 1998.  Our program has trained an additional 4 bringing the total to 9.  Seva's Cambodia based staff, with the help of volunteer ophthalmologists, perform over 25% of the cataract surgeries in the entire country.  

Seva Foundation and our sister organization, Seva Canada, recently sponsored surgical eye camps in Battambang, Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey provinces.

Please view the slide-show of photos taken at these
eye camps by Canadian donor Jo-Ann Labron.

Kham Eye CenterA 30% increase in the number of sight restoring surgeries has recently taken place.  Tibetan doctors throughout the country performed over 5,000 sight restoring surgeries and were able to upgrade their technical skills through training conducted by volunteer ophthalmologists from North America and Nepal.

Seva helped launch Tibet's first eye hospital, the Kham Eye Center.  This brand new non-profit facility is dedicated to clinical services, research, and training in the prevention and treatment of eye diseases.  The hospital brings much needed eye care services to over three million nomadic people throughout the Kham region

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