“I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
These are the words of Kashinath Bhoosnurmath, Operation Eyesight’s senior director for India, speaking about our donors. Kashinath is passionate about the poor and blind of India, and enthusiastic about the progress being made. “Dhanyawaad” means thank you in Hindi, one of a number of languages he speaks.
Kashinath’s work coordinating all of Operation Eyesight’s work in India brings him into contact with health experts and high-level officials, as well as the very poorest of the poor. While at our world headquarters in Calgary last week, we asked him what things make the biggest difference in the quest to eliminate avoidable blindness. He identified philanthropy – people outside of India willing to share their resources with people in serious need. It’s true that none of Operation Eyesight’s work in India or Africa could happen without the financial support of generous donors.
The needs in India are many, but here are some we can respond to right now: eyeglasses for children, surgery for cataract patients, or bicycles for traveling community workers. Our new Gift Guide is ready for the holiday season – you can request a printed copy or order online. Take a moment now to view the options and see how you can give a gift that gives twice.