When is the last time you dreamed of a better world? Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoffrey Tabin had the same dream, acted on it, and began giving the gift of sight through the charitable work of the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP). In Second Sons: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness, One Pair of Eyes at A Time David Oliver Relin charts the journey these two doctors took to begin curing blindness in developing countries. Cataract blindness, though common and curable, is prevalent and often unremedied due to poor medical availability in rural villages in the Himalayas. Drs. Ruit and Tabin travel to areas without access to modern medical care and perform safe, routine cataract removal operations that produce near-miraculous results. Cataract victims quite literally receive the gift of sight. The HCP was just named one of eight semi-finalists in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
This Sunday, April 16th, the work of the Himalayan Cataract Project will be featured through the lens of the CBS News program 60 Minutes, which will join Dr. Ruit and Dr. Sanduk as they conduct a cataract and cornea surgery workshop in Myanmar (Burma) resulting in over 700 successful eye surgeries. The program will air Sunday at 7:00 pm EST on CBS. Read more about 60 Minutes and the Himalayan Cataract Project.
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Dr. Ruit and Dr. Tabin began their practice in the mountain villages of the Himalayas, but their sight-giving tour has expanded. The Himalayan Cataract Project has reversed blindness in over 4 million people and could help to eliminate cataract and other reversible blindness in the developing world. Even areas without access to electricity or clean water are able to receive first-class care, and the availability of sutureless cataract operations extends to all who are in need, including those without the ability to pay. The HCP strives to ensure sustainable eye care. As the project grew, the HCP began partnering with like-minded organizations to fund and coordinate ophthalmic education and specialized training for eye-care professionals in areas of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The self-sustaining eye care centers that have been established through the HCP continue to bring sight to the blind across multiple continents, and you can get involved.
Give directly to their efforts to cure blindness around the world. The HCP invites all donors to review their financials and keep the organization accountable for every donated dollar, so you can be sure that your donation is being received in the form of eye care by the populations that need it.
If your dream to change the world lines up with the efforts of the HCP, you may have found a match! Learn more about how the HCP operates and how you can partner and get involved.
Here at The Experiment, we are donating a portion of all the sales on the new paperback release of Second Suns to the Himalayan Cataract Project in an effort to cure blindness. Purchase your copy here: http://bit.ly/2kUvT0c