Seva Foundation started as a small group with a big idea, and the idea was this: To be fully human, they must translate their compassion and concern into useful service.
That simple statement conveys something about the nature of compassion that is expressed in most spiritual traditions around the world that compassion is not just about helping those less fortunate than themselves, it's about the realization that they are all connected as one human family.
That sense of compassionate service motivates all of Seva's work, as they build sight-saving programs that support people around the world in their efforts to build healthy communities.
Seva's blindness-prevention programs, spanning many cultures and countries, share certain fundamental principles:
Seva is a donor supported organization focused on preventing blindness and restoring eyesight to people in need around the globe. Seva Foundation started as a small group with a big idea, and the idea was this: To be fully human, the organization must translate compassion and concern into useful service.
In 1978, after working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to end smallpox in India, Dr. Larry Brilliant (currently President, Skoll Global Threats Fund), and his wife Girija Brilliant, a public health specialist, published an article entitled Death of a Killer Disease. It was a personal account of their decade in Asia, first as youthful travelers, then as spiritual seekers, and eventually as part of WHO's successful smallpox eradication team. They concluded the article with an appeal to readers to find the compassion and understanding to support international health programs to benefit those struggling with poverty. It is in light of this where Seva Foundation was born.
Mission: Seva Foundation partners worldwide to create self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.
Vision: A world free of avoidable blindness.
Turn compassion into action: They are professionals, volunteers, and donors drawn to this work by the spirit of service.
Value different ways of knowing: They respect both the analytical and intuitive in all their work. Serve the underserved: They work with communities worldwide to achieve health equity--especially those that are vulnerable and economically marginalized including women, children, and indigenous peoples.
Promote a comprehensive concept of health: They recognize that spiritual and cultural renewal, economic self-sufficiency, environmental wellness, and medical services are important to well-being.
Create long-term partnerships: They are responsive to the changing needs and conditions of the people and programs with whom they work. By developing close relationships with local organizations and community leaders, they build trust, mutual respect, and cultural understanding.
Expand self-reliance: They promote self-reliance and aim to reduce dependence on outside assistance. They seek sustainable solutions that come from within individuals and communities so their partners continue delivering services long after their involvement has ended.
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