Celebrating World Sight Day with Cultural Exchange Trips:

Eye care practitioners celebrate World Sight Day around the globe on the second Thursday of every October. In that spirit, Seva sent World Sight Day delegations to Nepal, India and Guatemala to engage directly with the communities where our partner organizations are active. You may have seen some of their reports from the field if you follow Seva's streams on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Seva staff also joined a delegation from the TOMS community on a trip to the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in Hyderabad, India in October. A Seva corporate partner since 2011, TOMS is a global footwear and lifestyle brand committed to helping humanity thrive. This trip was a special opportunity for changemakers from these three partners to build personal relationships with each other.

Through roundtable conversations and cultural immersion activities, participants explored the power of collective action and of shared values that transcend cultural boundaries.

LVPEI partners with Seva and TOMS to support six primary eye care vision centers (PECVCs) in India through TOMS' Sight Giving Program. Over the last two years, TOMS and Seva have supported an additional 30 centers in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. These locally-run eye care centers are dramatically expanding access to eye care for people in underserved, rural areas that often lack resources to provide everything from basic reading glasses to cataract surgery.

Top: Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, with Dr. Chundak Tenzing, Medical Director of Seva's Innovation & Sight Program.

Above: To see how Seva's work – including our partnership with TOMS – is transforming lives by restoring sight, watch this short video.

Above: Seva supports access to eye care services in underserved communities around the world.

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