SANKARA EYE FOUNDATION USA

Rating: 4.9 stars   737 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 1851 McCarthy Blvd Ste #218 Milpitas CA 95035 USA

Mission: Sankara Eye Society, Coimbatore was started in India in 1977. This trust had the philanthropic philosophy of providing high quality health care, especially eye care to all, either free or at an affordable cost. In 1998, Sankara Eye Foundation was established to support the work of Sankara Eye Society. Our mission is to attain 20/20 by the year 2020.
Results: 537,000 FREE Eye Surgeries and 8340 Eye Camps.  From one Sankara Eye Hospital and 8,000 FREE Eye Surgeries per year to close to 100,000 FREE Eye Surgeries per year at our Eight Sankara Eye Hospitals in India.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000
Geographic areas served: India
Programs: To spread the awareness of the importance of magnitude of this problem and encourage eye donations. The organization in India has a state of the art hospital in Coimbatore to help the visually impaired poor. It also holds eye camps and workshops all over India and other countries to treat people and also to train doctors locally. Visit www.giftofvision.org for more information. Our programs in the US include fund raising events, spreading awareness by holding booths at major events, publishing newsletters, special projects as initiated by our volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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2012

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A fluke interaction with a Sankara volunteer about 10 years ago was the beginning of a wonderful association. It is rare to find a more dedicated group of folks who are really working for the betterment of our organization.

Give generously, knowing that all funds are stretched to the max.
We are always willing to answer questions and provide information requested.
Come and join the Sankara Family.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Being in India, I see their service to the blind and they are making the Hospitals self sustaining. This non profit is the best help for the blind poor Indians.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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I have been tracking Sankara Eye Foundation for quite sometime now because I first felt they were trying to imitate SankaraNethrayala and get some mileage out ot it. But I realised this was a highly motivated and dedicated team out to eradicate blindness all over India. I was there at their Bangalore Hospital inaguration and they have a concrete plan to open new hospitals almost every six months and make it self sustaining in a few years and at the same time serving the poorest of the poor with international quality eye care.Hats off to the team.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in being there for the inaguration of Bangalore Eye Care hospital. Saw the latest equpiments and dedicated doctors with a specific plan to go around the rural areas and give eye care and follow up free for the poorest.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly motivated and specific goal driven. The volunteer team is growing by the day.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open one more eye care hospital in the most unserved area of India

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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A great organization led by passionate volunteers to eradicate blindness of the poor in India. 20 hospitals by 2020 - crossed half the distance in less than 10 years! A remarkable achievement in deed! The beauty of the approach by SEF is creating accountability by the recipient hospitals to be self sufficient within 5 years of operation by balancing paying clients with charity effort. A novel charity effort with accountability!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have witnessed first hand the dedicated service by Sankara Eye Foundation, USA and it's counterapart in Coimbatore. They not only have the vision (20/20 by 2020), but orhganizational ability to flawlessly execute that vision. It can easily be compared to Gates Foundation in terms of its laser like focus in dedicattion and service. With strong support of the volunteers, I can clearly see the day when they will have one hospital in every state and complete a million surgeries in India!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

selfless volunteering and laser like execution - especially impressed with their professional objective of making every hospital they build self-sustainable within few years. A typical Pay-it-forward service!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

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2009-1-01

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SEF doing a wonderful job by providing the free eye surgeries in India. They have opened new hospitals and facilities, covering wider parts of India. We have a plan to open 20 hospitals by end of 2020. I am proud to be assoicated with SEF.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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SEF is an outstanding organization with true passion to eradicate blindness in India by year 2020. Working for this organization has been fun, fulfilling and rewarding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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SEF have the great vision of achieving vision of 20/20 for every person struggling with their blindness in india by year 2020. I have been involved in organizing some of the event for SEF at Detroit, Michigan. It has been quite satisfying to know that you are working for Non Profit Organization which does so many great things. What i like most about SEF, is that they have united the people of all religion, caste and state to one common cause - remove blindness by year 2020. I also feel that they have outstanding management and administrative team who work hard to make sure that every dollar is spent wisely.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding in their commitment for the cause - remove blindness from India. It is my belief that person who is able and capable will be able to work hard and provide for his/her family. Removing blindness helps them overcome this obstacle.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It can build Eye hospital in every state of the india. This would give a hope and will make 'quite a fundamental change' in the quality of life for these people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Susan from S.E.F. was amazing.... not only was she super informative, she turned me on to www.fixmybadcreditreports.com which was a lifesavor. Thank you Susan!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Life changing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make none :)

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I am Sandhya Ashwini Kumar I belong to a Charitable Organisation called the Ladies Circle India and have been involved with Sankara Eye Care Hospital in Bangalore in their Project "Nanna Kannu" .Our Project Vision has been made successful because of this.They have helped us get eye care in the true sense across to the economically backward community by conducting free eye camps in the schools associated with us and funded by us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Free Eye Camps for children

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The sensitivity and care given to the children

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful, sensitive, warm and well equipped

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help lot of people get the right kind of eye care especially in children and young adults

Ways to make it better...

The delivery of spectacles was done on time

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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My husband had recently participated in the SEF's half marathon and I did assist with filling water in the cups for the runners for some time. It was a great experience and felt good at heart to offer such help to the runners and to the organization as well. Kudos to the Organization as well as the people who run it & who devote their time ,energy and money to organize such events, wherein such monetary benefits goes to the poor and the needy. Most of all, we should be proud to be associated with such an organization who helps someone to see the world!!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very energetic & Kind .

Ways to make it better...

I become their volunteer once in a while.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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One time

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2009-9-01

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It is my honor and privilege to be associated with such a fine organization that has been working tirelessly to help cure blindness in India with innovative programs and care facilities in various parts of India. It is amazing to see how within a decade Sankara has built state of the art hospitals in various parts of India and providing ongoing support to spread the eye care that is necessary, especially in rural parts of India. I am glad to be a donor to such a worthy cause.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their innovative fund raising activities and making it easy for people to donate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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