Saturday, September 06, 2008

Unite For Sight

If a sophomore (Graduate Student)from far away land can make a difference all over the world, including our own country, What can we all living in the same country do for our country?

Unite For Sight was founded by Jennifer Staple in her dorm room when she was a sophomore at Yale University. Now Jennifer is 26, and she has grown the organization to be a global nonprofit organization that has provided eye care to 600,000 people in North America, Africa, and Asia.

Since 2003, Unite For Sight has trained more than 4,500 volunteers to "Unite For Sight" and provide eye care services in their local community and abroad. These volunteers annually contribute 80,000 volunteer hours of service to eliminating preventable blindness and restoring sight. The work of these volunteers is vitally important, and the result of their work is profound. In addition to Unite For Sight's measurable impact, there is an equally compelling achievement. The organization has found a way to unite doctors, students, and other people, especially younger people, across borders, across economic status, and across professional lines.

Unite For Sight has provided eye care to 600,000 people worldwide and coordinated and funded more than 16,655 sight-restoring surgeries for patients living in extreme poverty in Africa and Asia. The patients go from being completely blind to having their sight entirely restored by a 15-minute operation. 80% of all blindness is preventable, and 36 million people worldwide are needlessly blind. Unite For Sight's goal is to create a lasting impact and reduce the number of people living with unnecessary blindness. Unite For Sight sponsors all of the eye care programs, including providing patients with free surgery, so that no patient remains blind due to lack of funds.


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