Seva Celebrates Half a Million Sight-Saving Services Donated by TOMS Eyewear

With its iconic "sell a pair, give a pair" philanthropy model, TOMS has been giving shoes to children in impoverished communities around the world for more than ten years. In 2011, founder Blake Mycoskie decided to expand. TOMS started an eyewear line and formed a partnership with Seva. Continuing the one-for-one model, the company announced in June that they have reached an incredible milestone: Working with Seva and other Sight Giving partners, TOMS has donated 500,000 sight saving services to people in need.

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The Grateful Dead Hit Another Home Run for Seva

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On August 3rd, four Bay Area institutions came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's honored hometown favorites the Grateful Dead, and in turn the iconic band used the event to raise funds and awareness for the Seva Foundation. The Grateful Dead and Seva have a deep connection that goes back to the organization's early years, when they played Seva's first-ever benefit concert and raised seed money to help get the organization off the ground.

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Seva Partner Dr. Rao Honored by Peers in Ophthalmology

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We are pleased and honored to announce that long-time Seva partner, Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao, Founder, Chairman and Director of the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), has been inducted into the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Sugery's (ASCRS) Ophthalmology Hall of Fame.

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Way to Go, Nik (and He Sure Has Gone a Long Way)!

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One of our youngest – and most energetic! – supporters, 14-year-old Nikolas Toocheck, just completed a three-year quest to run a marathon in all 50 U.S. states to raise funds for Seva. Through his tireless efforts, Nik also raised the profile of Seva's work through news coverage in hometown papers from Vermont and New Hampshire to Kentucky and Mississippi to California, in addition to national outlets like Youth Runner Magazine and USA Today.

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Supporting Eye Care Services in Nepal's Remote Pyuthan District

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In a country working hard to stabilize and modernize, some rural Nepal citizens still spend three days traveling for healthcare services, including eye care. Establishing local, reliable eye care centers increases community stability and makes it possible for residents to access basic services.

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Save the Date: World Sight Day is October 12th

World Sight Day, coming up on October 12th this year, brings international attention to the issues of blindness and visual impairment. Many of Seva's partners will mark the occasion with an extra push to reach people in need of sight-saving cataract surgery and other vision care. Around the world today, 285 million people are visually impaired, including 39 million who are blind. 90 percent of these people live in developing countries and low-income communities. This year's World Sight Day theme is "Make Vision Count." Seva is working to make our impact count, one sight-saving service at a time.

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