Honoring the Legacy of The World’s Indigenous Peoples

We at Seva today, invite you to join us in honoring the International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples.

Join us in honoring the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

Today – and every day – we recognize Indigenous identity, their lived reality, and their rich historical narratives.

Seva is honored to have worked with Indigenous communities worldwide since the very beginning, focusing on various community and wellness initiatives. We express gratitude for our relationships with Indigenous Peoples of every nation – together, we are celebrating Indigenous legacy.

“Years ago Seva was at our side listening and advocating for our women to train and deliver health services to our people on the reservation. I respect the support they have shown me and other Native women leaders in empowering Native families.”

Madonna Thunder Hawk
(Yankton Sioux) Civil Rights Activist
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QUIZ: How well do you know Seva?

Shamimu from Tanzania was almost blind from cataracts in both eyes and did her school work by resting her chin on the page so she could see. Her spirit as well as her school work suffered and she faced a grim future. After her surgery Shamimu could see again. Happily she returned to school with new confidence and brighter days ahead.

Take this quick quiz to find out!

Whether you’re a longtime Seva supporter or just recently joined our cause, we’re glad you’re part of the Seva family. 

See how well you know Seva’s history and the people, places, and solutions that guide our work with this fun game of trivia. You may even learn a few new and surprising facts! 

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A Global Vision, Local Action

Eye screening in Tanzania photo by Joe Raffanti.

Whether we’re in Haiti or the rocky landscapes of Nepal, we envision one thing – a world free of blindness. 

For the past 43 years, you have helped us create and expand access to eye care for those in need by helping to build capacity and infrastructure, training eye care professionals, investing in innovative technologies, and creating comprehensive screening, provision of care, and follow-up programs. This has led to the success of 44 million+ people in 20 countries receiving critical eye care services over this time. 

Think globally, act locally. We recognize and admire that no two countries are alike. Just as each has its own language or dialect, each comes with its own unique eye care needs and challenges. Drawing upon our core global strategy, we work hand-in-hand with local partners to tailor our approach and craft sustainable programs that are effectively embedded into local communities to meet their specific needs. 

Learn more about the work you support in 20 countries and Seva’s approach in each. 

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Thank you for helping us make eye care more effective!

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Photo: Seva’s Global Training Specialist, Arun Acharaya with the SCEH team in New Delhi (2019)

Every day, your support makes an essential difference around the world. In addition to transforming lives by restoring sight, your heartfelt donations help provide training for all levels of eye care workers – increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of eye care hospitals and improving long-term access to eye care for years to come.

Thanks to supporters like you, we launched a new in-depth training program at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, our partner in Delhi, India, in August 2020. Sixteen of their employees joined our year-long “Program on Quality and Excellence” to improve their leadership skills. Taught by Seva Foundation’s Global Training Specialist, Mr. Arun Acharya, the program features weekly three-hour online workshops. These workshops aim to improve participants’ communication skills, helping them develop stronger, more efficient business plans, and train them to promote high-quality care that is STEEEP:  Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable, and Patient-centered. The program is currently on hold due to the Covid-19 situation in India. We will resume once it’s safe to do so.

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Letter from the Executive Director – Spring 2021

"Over the years the Grateful Dead and extended family have had the opportunity to profoundly benefit hundreds of thousands of people through Seva's programs...Let's keep it rolling..." — BOB WEIR, Musician/Songwriter

Dear Friends,

Springtime brings a sense of renewal, and after a year of uncertainty with COVID-19 looming over everyone’s fate, many parts of the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Here in the US, with the rollout of various vaccines, I am reminded that in many parts of the rest of the world, people are still struggling with COVID, access to care, and even more significant health challenges due to the various mutations. Scientists have moved mountains; yet we must ensure that the work to save lives continues. For Seva, the work continues with safety first, as we provide life-saving and essential eye care needs to some of the world’s most marginalized communities

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Beauty & Soul at Sing Out for Seva 2021

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Photo: Rising Appalachia for Seva’s 3rd Virtual Quarantine Concert: Sing Out for Seva!

From March 26-28, musicians, singers, and supporters gathered together online for our annual “Sing Out for Seva” concert. For three wonderful days, artists helped raise funds for Seva’s programs and threw a bright, beautiful celebration of all we’ve managed to accomplish this year. On popular demand, the concert streaming was extended till April 11th. This was the third virtual concert benefiting Seva that has taken place since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.

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Seva Contributes to Groundbreaking Report

As a public health organization that has been active for over 40 years in 20+ countries, Seva has amassed a great deal of information pertaining to the safe and effective delivery of eye care. To bring this knowledge to the forefront, Seva recently sponsored the Lancet Commission Report on Global Eye Health and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness’ Vision Atlas. This groundbreaking new report and research tool provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of eye care and a roadmap for how to proceed in creating a world free of avoidable blindness. 

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Retina Camera Breakthrough

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Photo courtesy: Remedio Innovative Solutions

For over four decades, Seva has been on the cutting edge of innovative humanitarian eye care. Today, our AIDS Eye Initiative stands on the cusp of another exciting breakthrough: a camera that can quickly and easily detect blindness-causing infections and life-threatening Tuberculosis in people living with AIDS. Most of these 38 million people live in low and middle income countries with weak health care systems.

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