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Seva's Vision for a Brighter Guatemala

Today in Guatemala almost 650,000 people suffer from vision loss from treatable conditions.

Existing service networks are not efficient enough to meet the demand. Travel to distant cities is an insurmountable barrier to the rural poor, including indigenous persons. Affordable treatments exist for cataracts and other causes of preventable blindness.

The problem is access to treatment.

With Guatemala Brillando, Seva is poised to establish five new hospitals and 30 vision centers bringing primary eye care to rural and other areas that are currently underserved. Seva will develop sustainable programs which create jobs for local women and men to help them provide critical services to their home communities.

This project will not only restore sight to Guatemalans but will give them back their dignity and independence. The impact on their families and communities will be multi-fold as they become able to study, to work, and to lift themselves out of poverty.

Together we can end avoidable blindness in Guatemala.

Special thanks (in order of video appearance) to Elvis Costello, Eric Krasno, Nicki Bluhm, Jackson Browne, Lukas Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Ben Fong-Torres, Steve Earle, John Popper, Oteil Burbridge, Bill Walton, Maria Muldaur, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

Restoring sight is one of the most cost-effective health interventions to reduce poverty.


90% of people with visual impairment live in developing countries.


90% of all vision impairment can be cured or prevented.


Half of blindness is caused by cataracts that you can easily fix for only $50.

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