Helen Keller International (HKI)
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition worldwide. Spanning 22 countries around the world, their entire organization, including their worldwide staff, their Board of Trustees, and their Senior Management Team work tirelessly towards this goal. One of their founding trustees is the great deaf-blind crusader, Helen Keller, and theyw are proud to carry on in her name and memory.
The mission of Helen Keller International is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. They combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Their vision is to strive to be the most scientifically competent organization in improving vision and nutrition throughout the world.
HOW THEY WORK
There are simple, low-cost and proven solutions for preventing the world’s most devastating causes of blindness and malnutrition. The challenge is finding ways to deliver them to the deeply vulnerable people around the world. And that’s where Helen Keller International’s expertise comes in.
They find the most effective Pathways to People, whether it’s through healthcare, schools, informal social systems, or even local or national food supplies.
They develop Productive Partnerships with governments, health organizations, and community groups, often in places that lack basic health systems, trained personnel, and even roads
Once they are working within local community structures, they magnify their impact by Integrating Solutions into existing health, education and food systems so that they become sustainable through being community-owned and led.
WHAT THEY DO
Through their work, Helen Keller International can prevent blindness. In fact, 80% of all blindness is avoidable, with simple, proven solutions such as adequate vitamin A, low-cost surgeries, and annual doses of antibiotics.
Working together, and supported by their donors, Helen Keller International is preventing blindness worldwide by bringing solutions to millions of vulnerable people. Their programs include Cataract Treatment, Onchocerciasis Control, Trachoma Control, Vision Correction/ChildSight®, Vitamin A Supplementation. They also have begun new programs in Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment, and work to seek treatments and cures for all Neglected Tropical Diseases, including those that are not blinding.
At Helen Keller International, they dedicate theirselves to reducing malnutrition by providing low-cost vitamin and mineral supplements to millions of the most hard-to-reach, deeply vulnerable people around the world, and by encouraging people and communities to make simple and inexpensive changes to their food production and consumption that collectively result in saving the sight and lives of millions of people worldwide.
- Helen Keller International’s Vitamin A Supplementation program has helped reverse the devastation caused by vitamin A deficiency. Last year alone, HKI helped deliver over 85 million capsules to save the sight and lives of children in Africa and Asia by providing them twice-yearly treatments of vitamin A at a cost of just $1.00 per child per year.
- HKI's Homestead Food Production creates nutritional self-sufficiency for small communities in Africa and Asia-Pacific through the establishment of thousands of women-tended Homestead Food Production gardens. The program created 190,000 jobs last year for women in poorer households in the rural areas of Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia and the Philippines.
- Helen Keller International’s Food Fortification and Biofortification programs provide communities and families with more nutritious foods, enabling people to live healthier lives.
These programs result in preventing malnutrition and improving the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people. See more