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Causes: Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, International, International Development, Public Health

Mission: Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning service to others. Seva's work is made possible by the generosity of donors and volunteers inspired by the spirit of service. Seva Foundation works to prevent blindness and restore sight worldwide. Our programs build the capacity of underserved communities to provide comprehensive and high-quality eye care that is accessible by all.

Direct beneficiaries per year: one million people

Programs: Seva is the Sanskrit word for selfless service. Since 1978, Seva has been a leading innovator in the delivery of vital eye care services to the world’s most vulnerable including women, children, and indigenous peoples.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 David272

Donor

Rating: 5

Seva is great because they go to the trouble to get grants for their operating expenses so it is not the usual thing of only 20% percent of what you give them going to the cause. The dollar for return is off the charts....eyesight for the price of a sandwich

1 Dave71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sir Wavy had a sales pitch to my rock star friends..."If you don't play, I'll never talk to you again". They th ought it a joke...but he was serious. I've never seen anyone, anywhere refuse him. The gift of sight must be staggering. All the volunteers and board members are worth every penny we're not paying them. Ten Stars and a chestful of medals for all.

2 Jonette B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jonette Beckman Rockett
I can't imagine,living in a world so beautiful, with your imagination in place of vision. Not everyone is able to have their vision restored, but those that can, SEVA goes the distance , to find and help these individuals obtain what so many take for granted! Close your eyes and walk around your home for 10 minutes with your eyes covered. Then go one better, do it for an hour. Just a small taste of a day in a life without sight. I love looking at EVERYTHING! So when I think about helping others less fortunate, I know,SEVA FOUNDATION, take their work, and the money we send VERY SERIOUSLY!! When Sending a donation, someone might see their family and world for the first time, I'm overwhelmed! Just as important. Glasses, I can't read without them. To know I might have bought glasses for an individual that will allow them to learn.
POWERFUL!

1 Caring Citizen Miss

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seva Foundation contributes to 'Compassion in Action' in a minimalist cost, maximum effectiveness effort, towards the elimination of unnecessary blindness. Initial efforts in the mountain countrysides of Nepal and India have expanded to programs within 20 countries; including hospitals (example: India's Aravind Eye Care System) and clinics. Community-enthused public citizen efforts in concerts and outreach tables at public events continues to remind the society of a hope in "Compassion in Action." Each $50 contribution (chosen from the "gifts or shop" section of the website -or event), or directly given, provides a cataract operation to save sight. I traveled for short of 12 years in support of Seva in coliseums and arenas, grasping the vision of hope in the eyes of visitors as a start to a new century.

2 Gregg J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been proud to support the fine work of SEVA Foundation for many years, especially so since having my own cataracts done 8 years ago, it is a life changing experience to believe you are going to be blind and to find an organization like SEVA that can literally open your eyes! I urge support for this fine organization!

Moaya S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a contributor and supporter of Seva since its inception! This is an honest charity that delivers real results. The founders - wavy gravey , ram das , and Larry brilliant has grown into an organization to be proud of ! Tim Duncan has done a great job in recent times ... I will continue to support the fine work of this NGO.

Donor

Rating: 5

A truly wonderful organization run by a fantastic group of passionate folks. Giving the gift of sight is the perfect Christmas present for those who already have enough stuff. We are all warmed by the idea of making such a tremendous difference in someone's life. Thank you Seva!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I support Seva Foundation for 3 primary reasons: 1) Impact - restoring someone's sight improves not only their life, but the lives of family members who support them. Personal suffering is reduced and economic opportunities are enhanced as individuals can lead more productive lives. 2) Value - almost 90% of Seva's annual budget goes directly to programs, part of the reason Seva is so highly rated among nonprofits, 3) Sustainability - Seva builds partnerships worldwide to preserve and restore site. Through capacity building services provided by Seva, local partners can expand services and reduce the costs of service delivery. The staff and board are passionate about the organization's mission and vision for a world free of avoidable blindness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I gave my children cards saying they had given the gift of sight to a blind person. It was such a wonderful way to enlarge their world and show them, as teenagers, that so many in the world have so little. We can help whenever we can. Then I began volunteering at Seva Foundation and got to see, first hand, how wonderful this organization is. The stories of the people Seva has helped are truly inspiring.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Seva Foundation. It is a wonderful organization with dedicated people working to end avoidable blindness

Donor

Rating: 5

When I give, I give to Seva. They are working to end suffering by providing those in need with eye care. My donations help prevent blindness and save eyesight. What an incredible thing to be able to do for another human being. I urge you to join me in supporting this wonderful organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At The Nobelity Project we use the power of film to create positive change, and profiling the work of the Seva Foundation has been one of our most gratifying efforts to date. Traveling with one of their remote eye care units into the mountains of Nepal made for the compelling footage captured in our short film "Let There Be Sight", and witnessing the work of these doctors and their team was inspirational. People from miles around brought their blind family members into the camp and many were able to walk away with restored vision. We believe their focus on those most in need makes the impact on these families and their communities truly transformational.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Seva Foundation. It is a wonderful group of folks who are totally deadicated to helping people around the world. The organization is founded on compassion in action ,which they have focused into curing blindness in some of the most impoverished and rural places in the world, whre being blind makes it almost impossible to survive. Seva brings integrity and love into the field. The world needs more of this.

Donor

Rating: 5

What better than to offer sight to someone? Millions of people in the poorest most remote areas in the world are now able to see thanks to Seva. These are people who have not been able to care for themselves and became totally dependent on their family and neighbors to do the simplest tasks. Now they are able to see, work, and participate in life.

sfconnect

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Cataract surgery has an immediate impact on a individuals life. That fact is overwhelmingly emotional. The staff and volunteers at Seva have a beautiful and focused passion to improve the lives of others. Giving sight to someone blind opens up social and economic possibilities where there may have none. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The best thing about Seva is their model of sustainability in helping people provide for themselves in curing blindness and improving sight in developing countries and also right here at home in the USA. This includes training, making connections, being inclusive in decision making, and helping to pave the way locally as well as internationally, among many other things. The culture of Seva is so cool and laid back, you'd never know the magnitude of the reach they have around the world by their modesty and low key way of interacting with everyone. Once you get to know Seva, you'll be hooked.

Olly J.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a terrific organization which helps the poorest in desperate need.

Roger24

Donor

Rating: 5

Seva actually gets things done. Can you imagine giving someone the ability to see again? Clean drinking water? A healthy diet? Things we take for granted everyday. And what's more, Seva trains people in the area to become self-sufficient, so they can help themselves in the future. This is a caring organization, with both heatprt and brains. And very low administrative costs. Your dollars actually help the people they're intended to help.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Seva since I was a child, and the sense of community among their supporters is only rivaled by the inspiring reach and wisdom of their work!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I attended one of Seva's eye camps in Nepal and witnessed several people who were blind because of a cataract have their sight restored. Seeing someone have the patch removed after cataract surgery and being able to see is PRICELESS!!
The work Seva does is fantastic.