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  

13 people found this review helpful

SEF USA has advanced the cause of curable blindness all over India through creative fundraising efforts in the US, and raising awareness through programs around the world. In little over 10 years they have really made a name for the organization and the cause.

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

very enthusiastic and passionate about the cause, and had fun doing it.

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About once a year

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2008-1-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

A warm welcome given by clean environment & beatiful trees,nice care taking staff and treatment given with latest equipments at an afforable cost by all the people

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

Nice manner

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

Treatment given with latest equipments at an affordable cost

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

Nice care takeing persons, giving a feel of staying with relatives in the hospital.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have send a poor women from my village for her eye problem . she was received well and after checking she was given proper treatment and glasses free of cost. she was quiet old and very glad to see the world clearly again.

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

The dedication to serve the needy. innovative ideas used in finding the problems in rural areas and help them to solve their problems like Diabetic retinopathy project. Conducting camps at rural areas to identify the people needs help.

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

cover the maximum poor people in this country and make India blind free nation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Fantastic organization with a remarkably effective model that deploys funds in an incredibly efficient and effective manner. The volunteers are incredible in their dedication and passion.

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

Build hospitals throughout India and in other Developing nations whit the same impact on curable blindness

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

i have been involved with SEF for the past 6 years.i am associated with sankara eye hospital shimoga,INDIA.the institution caters to poorest of poor for the past one year,earlier we were sending needy patients to coimbatore.they were treated totally free.

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

sankara eye hospital shimoga,india.

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

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

the committment,the dedicated team of doctors and paramedical staff,cleanliness.

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

excellent,committed

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

DO WONDERS

Ways to make it better...

this is replicated all over INDIA

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

FUNDS

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

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

A very dynamic organisation with great leadership from the chairperson that motivates and inspires the rest of the team and volunteers.

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

helping raise funds for an eye hospital project for the poor and seeing it through to completion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have worked with SANKARA EYE FOUNDATION (SEF) USA. I decided to become a volunteer for SEF only after knowing their charity work. I have worked with other volunteers to organized a charity event. I felt the enthusiaum and energy in all. I felt thier desire to help needy. It was an incredible experience working with SEF.

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

They are doing incredible job of helping poor people in india with their eye care needs for free. They are building eye hospitals, performing free eye care surgery and have mobile care that goes into rural palces in India and take care of needy.

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

I think I wouldnt change anything since this organization run by self motivated individuals, who want to help others.

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

The fun, experience of fulfilment working for a cause. The experience of being a part of an organization that take care of people in need.

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

Everyone is energetic and enthusiastic. They are always ready to do whatever it takes to get the job done. I have seen them making a heartfell appeal to potential donors. Some of them are very emotional and believe in their work.

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

It could do wonders. Approximately 87% of the money raised in the US goes directly to the blind in India. They have increased free eye surgeries in India, up from 8,000 annually to its current rate of 56,000 annually, just in a few short years.

Ways to make it better...

They organize more charity (fund raising) events

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

Visibility, relatively they are unknown to many people

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

They should try increase the awarness of others about the problems.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

One of the best non-profits organization I have experienced. I (unfortunately due to time constraint) cannot volunteer with them but I do attend many of their events (fund raising). What I like about this organization is the low overhead. Most of my $$ goes to the right cause. This is possible with dedicated force of volunteers. The cause is very noble. "Eye sight" being very much integral part of a life and that is what they attempt to restore.

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

exceptional and dedicated with willingness to go extra mile for the cause.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I volunteered for them during a TANA event. They were dedicated and have good organizational skills in arranging. I visited their hospital in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh and was really impressed with their work.

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

My grandmother who lives near by went for surgery and got her cataract removed for very minimal fee.

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

we are closer to eradicating blindness in India

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been a donor for Sankara Eye Foundation for a while now. They are a great non-profit, with a great vision! To give the gift of vision, which could be the most useful part of the body, to the poor and needy!

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

awesome!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This is the best non profit foundation which has been very successful and it opens eyes to all the people. It was started for some good attention.

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

is very successful

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

it is already perfect

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

friendly stsaff

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

everybody is nice and sincere

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

it could do all kinds of organ transplants

Ways to make it better...

none i can think of

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

funds

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

people should donate more

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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