Since 1978, Seva has been a leading innovator in the delivery of vital eye care services to the world’s most vulnerable including women, children, and indigenous peoples.
Seva is headquartered in Berkeley, California, with offices in Canada, Nepal and Cambodia and partner offices in 11 countries. Seva works to restore eyesight and prevent blindness in more than 20 countries around the globe.
GLOBAL BLINDNESS & LOW-VISION FACTS
PEDIATRIC EYE-CARE FACTS
* USAID Child Blindness Program; Fostering Development through Prevention and Treatment of Blinding Eye Disease, 11/2007
USAID Investing in Prevention: Childhood Blindness Report, 2013
Lewallen, Kilamanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology, 2008
SEVA’S GLOBAL IMPACT
HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION
In 1978, after working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to end smallpox in India, Dr. Larry Brilliant (currently President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund), and his wife Girija, a public health specialist, convened the Walden Woods Conference, a remarkable gathering of friends and colleagues to consider what to do next — how could they be of service?
The eclectic group invited to attend featured people with backgrounds in public health, counterculture, and spirituality. Dr. Brilliant’s rolodex included the World Health Organization’s Dr. Nicole Grasset, legendary Indian Ophthalmologist Dr. Venkataswami, spiritual teacher Ram Dass, and humanitarian activists Wavy Gravy and Jahanara Romney.
From the Walden Woods Conference, Seva Foundation was born. The name Seva (say-va) is Sanskrit, meaning self-less service, and this founding philosophy remains today. It was decided the organizational mission would be to build solutions to the dire need for eye care and blindness prevention services in the developing world where poverty levels are high and access to eye care services is low or otherwise non-existent. The compassion that drives Seva’s work starts with the realization that we are all connected as one global community.
In 38 years, Seva and our donors have helped restore eyesight to nearly 4 million people worldwide. Over 30 million have been served with other much needed eye care services, including vision exams, low cost or free glasses, antibiotics to treat infection, and other such eye care services.
With a focus on sustainability, Seva builds programs that communities can support, such as one of our very first partners, the Aravind Eye Care System, which has since grown to become the largest eye care provider in the world. Learn more visit www.seva.org.
OUR PROGRAM PARTNERS