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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

735 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mbp26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sankara Eye Foundation has been doing phenomenal work to strive towards eradicating curable blindness in all of India. It has been an honor to support an organization that is totally committed to providing the best eye care to the most needy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently joined the SEF Tri-State N.J. Chapter and have found the experience very rewarding. My first volunteering experience was running the SEF booth in the India day parade. I met a lot of people and was able to share our mission. I found that once people know our mission they readily contibuted towards our goal. For our second event I was more involved and became a core team member for the event. Or was one of the first kind in NJ and we were able to pull it off beautifully. I am very proud to be part of this organization that is focused on such a noble cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shankara Eye Foundation has been doing an excellent work providing free eye care to millions of people who otherwise would have gone without sight. A small donation of $30 can give a huge gift of eye sight to an unfortunate soul. Please donate as often as you can.
R Jain

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sankara eye foundation is one of the renowned and well known eye care hospital in India. They provide excellent service and very good treatment to patients with advanced technology. The infrastructure of the hospital is good. The hospital is well maintained and hygienic.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful job by Sankara eye foundation which provides the help for the poor and needy people in India. I wish you keep doing the good work.

2 Anil L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2 Ramesh

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

kuppuda

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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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.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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

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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.

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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PROMPT AND CURTIOUS SERVICE. WHEN YOU VISIT THE HOSPITAL FOR REVIEW RECORDS AND TREATMENT GIVEN FASTER. THIS BUILDS CONFIDENCE IN THEIR TREATMENT FOR YOU ARE TREATED MORE AS HUMANBEING.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have find out your eye foundation is very good environmental with infrastructure and extreme of your service to poor people.

9

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best charity that I have ever come across which caters to poor and economically week section of the society. My experience with it is very unique and felt that it was very rewarding to be part of this.

9 MRK

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

beauty they say is in the eye of the beholder. What is beautiful to an ordinary sighted person presents an entirely different perspective to the sightless or to the person with otptical aberrations arising out of any physical anomaly or happenstance . I have heard of very encouraging and exciting reports about the yeoman services rendered by this organisation to the cause of the sightless and the blind specially in INDIA and wish the organisatin god speed in its noble pursuits M R Krishnan

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't know this organisation personally but by seeing the kind of support they are able to gather from such a diverse population, I am convinced they are doing an amazing job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As per my experience.. i have also saw lot of eye patients are getting benifits... They are all getting good vision of sight after free operations.. your foundation arre doing very well social awarness programs about eye camp... so i really thank to SANKARA EYE FOUNDATION...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Street Tech was a godsend! I had gone to school to learn computer repair and networking but I couldn't find a job willing to let me flex my newly acquired skills. I would often look at job postings on the internet. Many of them were seeking potential candidates with A+ Certification. Researching the cost of getting the certification cast a doubtful outlook on my future

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

it is a non profit organization it provides medical facilities like eye treatment(operation, general eye problems etc..) for the people those who are living below the poverty line.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is very helpful to the poor people. The location is very neat. The staff are working in a smile face.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An assocaite of the Foundation. They rendered invalauble help to eye hospitals in India by extending community hospitals in India. The impact on reduction in curable blindness will defenitely be felt in the next 5 years. A noble service by a dedicated team of volunteers in the bay area in US.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is one of Non profitable eye foundation. It gives lights to the rural poor people.Services offered by this foundation affordable one.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sankara Eye Foundation helps the poor peoples to recover from the eye problem. It provide free operation and aids to eye patients.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

very valuable experience...it changed my life...i was able to understand the importance of my eye and how to take care of it. I was very much impressed by the infrastructure facilities, doctors expertise, other facilities....... thank you for your valuable services....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is a non profit organization with good infrastructure and aminities serving the poor people of rural india with utmost care and concern

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people are really great to work with. Everyone is so motivated and on point with the mission. I made a lot of friends through this organization.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

we had a great experiance over there.docters treated us like friend and we had a great discussion about health tips.treatment given by the docters are excellent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a part of organizing fund-raising for various projects at Sankara and have thouroughly enjoyed working with so many generous and talented people striving for one cause. My family enjoyed the SEF Dandias every year.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

their goal is vision 2020 by the year 2020, they are giving the vision for visually handicaped poors.in the year 2020 they planed 20 hospital to serve the poor patients.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

it is a wonderful experience to work in this service oriented hospital- Sankara eye centre, coimbatore.this hospital is providing excellent service in community eye care by giving gift of vision to the needy. i am thankful to Sankara eye foundation for giving me this opportunity.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very good eye foundation for the benefit of society and mankind. It dispels the darkness and brings light and hope into the lives of families. It motivates the future upcoming of other such non profit organisations.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this foundation is really good. they treat patients in a good manner and they provide good treatment to the patients and there are more facilities and more equipmants. this hospital is very clean.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Sankara Eye Foundation and I have contributed my time to several of their fundraisers. From top to bottom, I have witnessed remarkable commitment and tireless dedication towards the goal of eradicating curable blindness in India. The only goal for this foundation is following this vision, and I have seen every single volunteer, including the President of the US chapter, determinedly commit themselves to seeing this vision through to reality.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am pleased with the hospility of the staffs of the Sankara eye Foundation...For the first time I have been informed that I have to wear specs in sankara hospital...I went there in my First year from my collage....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i had a very valuable experience...it changed my life...i was able to understand the importance of my eye and how to take care of it...u have inspired me 2 help people...thank you for your valuable services.....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my experience with sankara eye foundation is that -4r my grand mother she had problem in both eyes ...so v consulted sankara hospital in coimbatore...they told about my grandmom "if she is able 2 bear the pain of operation" but v agreed 2 this... my grand mom get cured,operation was done at her age of 80. v the family was very much satisfied... thank u sankara...hospital...

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

i had visited the hospital and got treated well.......the behaviour of staffs was excellent.......doctors are very good and well qualified.....

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Client Served

Rating: 4

the doctors are good and a very kind service is renderd.the check up was also fine and good.more effective and technically well equiped

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

very good. everybody there, care for us in a very good way... all latest equipments are there which is helpful for the patients. all the best for the eye foundation..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently i went to the hospital for my mothers treatment and found the service provided by them is extremely good with their state of the art facilities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

this give me a lot of details about our health . this provide a facility of eye donate foundation in our country

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

we had a good experiences in this hospital.all the staff working in this hospital are very friendly to patient.the service rendering by this hospital is totally different by others.everyone wanna visit here

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had gone to shankara for many times and i am satisfied with the service that you had provided. They have provide a good care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

facilities,infrastructure&hospitality;in your hospital is good.create more branches around the country for the benifit of poor.service which you provide is very much useful for the needy people

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am wearing spectacles for shorsight. I came to know the problem of shortsight in my school days during a general checkup at Sankara Eye Foundation. I thank them for informing about my eye problem. Because of earlier identification of my eye problem, the power is only -0.75. Instead of wearin thick power glass, i am wearing a very thin power glass without any pain.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The service was very nice......we are satisfied about your service and have a great response from your side....thanks for your service

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In this foundation we could see people servicing with liveliness and godliness.Very clean and people over there make others feel like home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many patients got benefited across Tamilnadu. Especially, economically weak,rural based and aged people as I have witnessed are given treatment at free of cost including transport.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderfull one i ever seen such a performance... i was delighted by the service rendered by the organization.and they are also concentrating on social welfare.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

it is an great hospital rendering service for poor people living in rural areas... the treatment is of great standard..... i have never seen such an infrastructure in our country

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i had a very nice experience with sankara eye foundation, they are very good in hospitality good service and very excellent in service

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my experience at sankara eye foundation was really wonderful....... the people were really caring,and the treatment was good and the service is excellent