My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Project Prakash Foundation, Cambridge, MA, USA
I was drawn to Project Prakash after reading a marvelous article by its founder that appeared in Scientific American 3 years ago. As a scientist I was truly impressed with the science, but I was even more intrigued and touched by its humanitarian possibilities. After thoroughly understanding their mission and their long-term goals I became a donor in 2013. With estimates in the tens of thousands India is home to the largest population of children with curable blindness in the world and Project Prakash has been working tirelessly to address this problem, especially in rural India. To date, they have screened 42,000 children, provided eye care to 1,400 and performed surgeries on nearly 500. A remarkable achievement for an outfit which is small and completely pro bono! I was particularly saddened by the fact that many of these children remain blind simply because they cannot afford a relatively simple surgical procedure that costs approximately $400 per patient.
When I first got involved with Project Prakash I was assailed by one other doubt: What happens to these children once their sights are restored? Are they left to their own devices? Since many of these children have missed years of school Project Prakash not only provides post-operative support by way of rehabilitation, but is also in the process of building a school to cater to their special needs. The scientific knowledge this endeavor has generated is truly amazing and is likely to have far-reaching effects in the field of ophthalmology. It has been a real honor being associated with Project Prakash.