Sankara Eye Foundation USA

Rating: 4.91 stars   733 reviews

Address:

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  

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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9 people found this review helpful

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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!!

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

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...

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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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...

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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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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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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-1-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

It is a great cause i belive in. I cannot imagine for a second that i would not be able to see this screen for a second. i have seen dedicated volunteers working for a cause to remove blindness. it is a great organization for a greater cause

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

very dedicated and focused on the cause

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

very nice experience which is really helpful for all our college student. hospitality is really good.very nice facility.doctors are very smart.

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

very nice environment.gentle approach of employees.latest technology is used for treatment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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