We see the role that mothers play in the lives of Prakash children everyday. Mothers often are the first ones to know if something is wrong with their child's vision. They often are the ones who fight the hardest for treatment.
We are grateful and wish them, and mothers everywhere, a wonderful Mother's Day.From Project Prakash
Bottom line: We are holding more camps, screening more children and bringing them into the Prakash Center in Delhi for life-altering eye care and surgeries. The results are life-changing for them and life-affirming for us.
Since the start of the year, Project Prakash, whose mission is to help improve the lives of children with disabilities through medical treatment, rehabilitation and education, and to undertake scientific research into the causes of, and therapies for, the disabilities, has screened more than 2,800 children from across India.
What One Father Risked To Get His Children Eye Care
Delhi — It was morning in this sprawling capital city when a father brought his two boys to the Prakash Center. To arrive in the big city, the father had had to give up a lot.
So many fathers who come to Project Prakash risk their livelihood for a chance to restore vision for their children. This is one such story.
As a daily wager earner, making less than $1.05 a day, he needed every penny. He was also the sole supporter for everyone. Under the roof of his modest…
Delhi — The young boy and his father walked up the winding stairs on a warm afternoon in this capital city.
They had come a long way from home, and an even longer way in their hearts.
The family of Gudi Devi, the woman we previously wrote about, had suffered many indignities as a nearly 100% blind family. Married at a young age to a young daily wage laborer, Gudi began bearing children early in life. She received no prenatal care and
If the story ended here, then this family would be like so many others in India — a…
Delhi — Do you see this little girl? Her name is Kumkum, and people said that she would never see.
You changed that.
Through a Project Prakash eye care screening camp, we identified Kumkum. Kumkum is one of several children in her family. Her mother deserted the family years ago, and Kumkum often has to fend for herself. Her father works at a daily wage earner and leaves home early and returns late. He earns a dollar a day.
Like so many other Prakash children, she was suffering from bilateral cataracts. Through a simple surgery, her vision could be restored.
It’s a mixed picture — and that’s part of why we go there
Jodhur, Rajasthan — In this popular tourist destination city, famous for its jewelry, temples and central location in a vast desert, a team of optometrists and social workers arrived with a separate agenda.
Go to the local blind schools and, with permission, begin screening children. These are children whose families have trusted the local school to provide them with an education. They have been told that their children will never see.
#5 You Changed Her Life
Delhi — The ophthalmologist examined Fauzia, paused and made a simple statement that changed the life of this little girl and her entire family.
“Her vision will be fully restored,” Dr. Suma Ganesh said from her office in the Children’s Building of Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital in New Delhi.
Her father stood next her and blinked in surprise. Could it be that after years of searching and struggling to find medical care for this girl that she would be OK in the end? …
Most homeless children in India never get their eyes checked — and the results are devastating
Delhi — It is a predictably wintry morning in the capital city as the van rolls up to the field. Several medical staff members file out as the calls to prayer nearby sound.
“You are here,” a community organizer says with his hands outreached as children run past him. “What can I do to help you get started.”
It doesn’t take long to meet children and see their circumstances: Many of them belong to families too poor to even afford food. The majority of…
Project Prakash found 2 brothers suffering from low vision in a desperate situation — this is what happened next
Morena, Madhya Pradesh — By many standards, this part of central India is caught between its traditional ways and modernity.
The latest census report from 2011 reveals a region where the male literacy rate is 82.93% and female literacy rate is 56.90%, both above the national average. Sights of women collecting water and carrying them on their shoulders to take to their families are not uncommon, and neither are cars with air conditioning driving past the families in homes lacking rooftops.
Through its outreach work, Project Prakash operates on children but often finds families with multiple kids suffering from blindness. The impact? Ask Karan and Ajay.
Delhi — It is morning in this sprawling capital city as people awake for a new day. Men wash their faces on the narrow, dirt-laden streets as cars honk at the beggars and mothers rush their uniformed-clad children to school. The devout return from the neighborhood mosque and temple seeking blessings for the day. The morning dew lessens the choke of pollution.
But at the Prakash Center, on the 2nd floor of Dr. Shroff’s Charity…
A nonprofit that brings sight to children and researches the neuroscience behind late onset of vision.