Meet Parmila – known as the “selfless mother” – transforming the lives of women in Nepal


Parmila, as the selfless mother, travels to the island of Sri Lanka in Nepal by boat to provide health and eye care services to women in need with our Youth Outreach Team.

Parmila is from Sri Lanka, a small island located in the middle of a mighty river called Koshi and one of the remotest settlements in eastern Nepal. It can only be reached by boat, as pictured above, and is inhabited by people living with financial means. 

When our Youth Outreach Team visited the island, they learned that there were many cataract patients, but only the men had been prioritized to receive care. The women were confined to household chores, and their eyesight was thought to be less important. Sadly, these women believed  that this was their fate – to live in darkness forever. 

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What’s MOM upside down?

Cambodian mother and baby at a Seva sponsored eye screening.

The word MOM upside down is WOW. And that’s exactly how we feel. 

She cradled us in her arms and carried us on her back. Held our hands, so we wouldn’t fall. Built bridges so we could cross. Ran so we could walk. A superhero and one of our favorite sights to see. Moms run the world – and we celebrate them!

Happy Mother’s Day to the moms, sisters, grandmothers, and caretakers who light up our lives with love and joy!

p.s. You’ve created access to vital eye care women around the world – individuals who are now leading their lives fiercely and fearlessly. On behalf of them, thank you! If you’d like to help more moms regain their vision back this Mother’s Day, please donate here.

When you give Gifts of Sight, someone in need receives vital eye care services in the honor of your loved one. You can also send a last minute e-card or gift card to someone special today. Your gift transforms lives!

Who runs the world?

Moms Run The World!

They help us take our first steps, teach us to keep our heads high, and support us in every which way.

And through the years, you’ve helped moms around the world regain their sight, and with it, regain their lives. But don’t just take our word for it – meet a few of the inspiring women who are living happier lives because of you!

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