About Seva: What is Seva?


Seva is a global nonprofit eye care organization that works with local communities around the world to develop self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.

Your $50 donation restores sight with a 15-minute cataract surgery that changes someone's life forever.

Our Vision: A world free of blindness.


We train local eye care providers and develop self-sustaining eye programs around the world.


Together we provide critical eye care to underserved communities, especially women, children, and indigenous peoples.


Seva has provided surgeries, eyeglasses, medicine, and other eye care services to 57 million people in more than 20 countries.


Seva believes that restoring sight is one of the most effective ways to relieve suffering and reduce poverty.


Over a billion people live with unaddressed vision impairments and hundreds of millions more need ongoing eye care.

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Where does the name "Seva" come from?

Seva (pronounced Say-Va) is a Sanskrit word meaning "selfless service to others" and came to represent for us the dream of relieving suffering and reducing poverty in the most effective ways possible.

Below: Eye screening in Tanzania photo by Joe Raffanti.

Photo by Joe Raffanti.

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