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Sankara Eye Foundation USA

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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

734 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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.

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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.