525,600 minutes. 525,000 moments so clear.

Photo by Apurva Shroff: Before receiving a pair of eyeglasses, 10-year-old Arnav struggled with his schoolwork. With clear sight, he now performs at the top of his class and wants to be a doctor in the future.

Happy New Year!

The subject line references “Rent,” a Broadway musical that asks how you measure a life in a year. What can a talented and committed team of public health non-profit professionals accomplish in 365 days? Frankly – a lot. Over the past year, we’ve taken inventory of our collective efforts with Seva and partners, and I want to share a few highlights with you: 

6.5 million people received life-changing eye care services in a single year.

Seva’s research published in the World Health Organization Bulletin proves every $1 invested in eye health results in $36 in societal benefits. This science backs what Seva has championed for 45 years – investment in eye care is one of the most cost-effective interventions to reduce poverty. 

Seva’s landmark Nepal Blindness Survey celebrated its 40th anniversary. This survey proved cataracts are the leading cause of blindness and charted a path for putting eye care on the global health agenda.

These are just three snapshots among many that you made possible thanks to your connection with this mission. With what we see on the news and conversations around us, it’s an understatement to say that the world is complex. We may not be able to remedy all of the world’s challenges, but reducing the global burden of blindness is, without a doubt, one challenge we can solve. Our steadfast commitment to being part of that solution gives us both purpose and satisfaction.

Come start the year with something good for a change. Join me and honor the 6.5 million people starting 2024 with clear sight. You’ll hear many of their stories and dive deeper into our programs and analytics in our annual report. These results encompass one year of service that stands on the shoulders of 45 years of science, data, and compassion. 

Onwards & Upwards,


Kate Moynihan
CEO/Executive Director

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Kate Moynihan
Kate Moynihan
CEO / Executive Director at Seva Foundation | + posts

Kate Moynihan is an impassioned leader and decision-maker who has overseen programs in networked organizations and social enterprises in resource-constrained settings, internationally and in the United States. She is a catalyst for institutional and systems change, partnering successfully with diverse international organizations to deliver world-class leadership for mission-based social justice around the globe. Throughout Kate’s career, she has shown an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people living in disadvantaged, marginalized segments of the world. Kate currently serves as CEO / Executive Director of the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California that transforms lives by restoring sight to individuals in areas with limited access to eye care.

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