Our Focused Core Areas

Social Inclusion Programme

We promote for inclusion and equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities, including visual impairments or blindness, to achieve their maximum potential.

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Impact Delivered by your Donation

14,094

Number of persons with disability on Rights and Entitlements

4,409

Number of persons with disability who received Livelihood Training

519

Number of Self-Held Groups created

272

Number of Self-Help engaged in Livelihood Activities

*2021 - 2022

Rural Eye Health Programme

Sightsavers' Rural Eye Health (REH) programme aims to improve eye health in rural communities by raising awareness, delivering quality services, and eliminating avoidable blindness. It also focuses on providing comprehensive eye care beyond cataract screening.

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Impact Delivered by your Donation

50,45,455

Number of Eye Screenings

19,46,144

Number of People Refracted

4,85,247

Number of Spectacles Dispensed

3,06,413

Number of Eye Restoration Surgeries

*2021 - 2022

Urban Eye Health Programme

Sightsavers works in 21 cities urban slums with the objective to ensure comprehensive and sustainable eye health to the urban poor.

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Impact Delivered by your Donation

  • 1,091,768

    Number of Eye Screenings

  • 4,83,836

    Number of People Refracted

  • 92,049

    Number of Spectacles Dispensed

  • 30,329

    Number of Eye Restoration Surgeries

*2021 - 2022

National School Eye Health Programme

The National School Eye Health Programme, prevents eye diseases and vision impairments amongst children aged 5-18 in government and government-aided schools. This initiative with the goal of ‘good and maintained eye health’ aims towards improved learning outcomes and academic excellence.

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Impact Delivered by your Donation

1,47,148

Number of Eye Screenings

7,137

Number of People Refracted

3,345

Number of Spectacles Dispensed

*2021 - 2022

Inclusive Education Programme

Sightsavers promotes inclusive education to include blind or visually impaired children in mainstream schools, and help lift them out of poverty.

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Impact Delivered by your Donation

20,349

Vissually Impaired Children who received Education Materials

15,144

Visually Impaired Children who received Assistive Devices

*2021 - 2022

FAQs

Sightsavers has been operating for over 57 years since its establishment in 1966 in India. Throughout its history, it has made a significant impact in the field of eye health and disability inclusion. The organisation has played a crucial role in preventing avoidable blindness and promoting disability inclusion. Sightsavers India has conducted numerous eye health programs, surgeries, and treatments, reaching millions of people in need.

In little over than the last decade, more than 25,000 visually impaired and blind primary school children have been supported under Sightsavers’ Inclusive Education programme, and over 15,000 people with disabilities have received livelihood or vocational training.

Sightsavers primarily focuses its efforts and initiatives on several key areas. These include preventing avoidable blindness through eye health programs, providing surgical interventions for cataracts and other eye conditions, and promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities. We are committed to building sustainable programme models, which have been endorsed and adopted by the government in our states of operation. Sightsavers focuses on collaborating with various departments of the state governments to scale up operations for Social Inclusion, Inclusive Education and Eye Health—our three core areas of work.

Yes, as a donor, you can choose a specific project or program to support your donation. Sightsavers India offers various projects and initiatives that address different aspects of eye health and disability inclusion. You can explore our website or contact our team to learn more about the specific projects available for support and choose the one that resonates with your interests and priorities.

Absolutely! Sightsavers India values transparency and regularly updates donors on the progress and outcomes of the projects we support. As a donor, you can expect to receive reports, newsletters, and updates on the impact of your contribution. These communications will inform you about the achievements, challenges, and ongoing activities related to your supported projects.

Sightsavers actively collaborates with other organisations, governments, and stakeholders to maximise its impact and reach. We believe in the power of partnerships and work closely with local governments and non-profit organisations. These collaborations enable us to implement comprehensive programs and create lasting impacts on eye health and disability inclusion.

Yes, you are eligible for tax benefits or advantages as a donor if you have a valid pan card of India. However, consulting with your tax advisor or financial institution is important to understand the tax benefits or advantages applicable to you.

Sightsavers India accepts donations in multiple currencies to facilitate contributions from supporters worldwide. You can donate in a specific currency that is convenient for you. However, to donate in any other currency apart from Indian Rupees, it's advisable to check with Sightsavers or reach out to our support team, as we have specific guidelines in place.

Sightsavers India employs rigorous monitoring and evaluation practices to measure the impact and success of its projects. We use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the outcomes and effectiveness of our interventions. This includes tracking the number of people reached, surgeries performed, treatments provided, and improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Sightsavers India also conducts research, collects data, and collaborates with external experts to ensure our programs are evidence-based and achieve sustainable impact.

Transparency and accountability are fundamental principles for Sightsavers India. We have robust practices to ensure transparency in our operations and finances. The organisation undergoes independent audits and evaluations to maintain accountability to our donors, partners, and the communities We serve. Sightsavers publishes annual reports and financial statements on our website, providing detailed information about our programs, achievements, and financial management. We are committed to upholding the highest standards of governance and transparency.

You can certainly set up a recurring donation to support Sightsavers' ongoing efforts. Recurring donations provide valuable, sustained support, enabling the organisation to effectively plan and implement long-term programs. You can visit the Sightsavers website and select monthly donation as an option for setting up a recurring donation based on your convenience.

Sightsavers has numerous success stories and notable achievements highlighting our impact and transformative work. Some examples include:

Our Impact
  • Sightsavers’ has examined 55 million people for eye problems since 1966
  • 36.4 million eye treatments have been provided, including spectacles
  • 6 million operations have been performed to treat conditions such as cataracts
Our Achievements
  • Sightsavers India received the award of 1A rating from CRISIL
  • Sightsavers India was Great Place to Work Certified for two years in a row, awarded under the ‘Non-Profit and Charity Organisations. More than 10,000 organisations from over 62 countries apply for this award.
  • Sightsavers India received Grand Thornton Sabera 2020 Award in the ‘Shiksha’ category for its education efforts during the pandemic.
  • On the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Sightsavers India won the Mahatma Award for Social Good 2019.
  • Sightsavers India won the prestigious ICC Social Impact award felicitated by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in 2019 in the Health Domain category for our Sundarbans Eye Health Service Strengthening Project.

These are just a few examples of Sightsavers' significant impact and achievements over the years. Our website and reports provide more inspiring stories and detailed accounts of our achievements.

If you have more questions or need further information before making your donation, you can easily get in touch with Sightsavers. We have various contact channels, including email, phone, and social media.
You can reach out at: +91 9871955533 or [email protected] Toll free: 1800 419 6250.
Our dedicated support team will be happy to assist you and address any queries or concerns you may have.

The Legacy

Working in India since 1966, protecting and promoting inclusion of people with disabilities. Sightsavers India works in 10 states, extending eye health services to the underserved areas, enabling people to lead lives of independence and dignity.

We have supported the treatment of millions of people with eye disorders, educated, counseled, trained and rehabilitated people who are visually impaired or blind.

Stories of Transformation

As a donor you empower children with visual impairment to be part of positive and enabling environment through education. Glimpse of stories of visually impaired and blind children who are now independent and achieving their dreams.

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