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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

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.

Community Stories

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

13

Donor

Rating: 3

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

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

11

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

9 vkhajuria

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

It's a great organization dedicated to serving poor and unfortunate peple in India. It's mission to help with eye operations and educate people about eye health is very commendable.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

i found that it was one of the best i had ever seen in tamilnadu and free service offered by u was amazing.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

I am from the same native place India where the SEF headoffice and prime action is taking place. Have been able to personally verify their extraordinary work to the poor, annual camps, free surgery for thousands. Really impressive and I am deeply moved by their selfless dedication and service. Looking forward to promote their services and their whole set up in every possible way in all corners of te world.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization - great service. I love being part of an organization that brings quality eyecare to poor people. They restore sight - what a great gift to give!. It makes me feel good that for a few dollars I can do so much.

4

Donor

Rating: 4

The gift of vision is indeed marvelous! I have danced at the SEF Dandia at Santa Clara for several years. The volunteers are dedicated and sincere. They take time away from their busy lives to support this cause. I know that there is much cruelty in India and children are blinded by horrendous kidnappers. I hope this charity helps restore their vision and lives. Since you ask me to be candid, I should mention that my sister told me that she tried to get our maid treated for a cataract through SEF, but the wait list was too long and they were not very considerate. Eventually, she paid for it. Not sure if this was the red tape or simply supply vs. demand. She asked me not to discourage the volunteers by revealing this story. But, I think you can find justice if you speak up. I would still rate this one of the best nonprofits - many of my close friends are involved in this and I know they toil!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Sankara does an amazing job at managing overhead expenses. Sankara's excellent volunteer network ensures that every last penny flows to the people in need.