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Our work

Where do you work in India?

Sightsavers India works in 10 states and 21 cities to eliminate avoidable blindness and help bring about equality for people with disabilities.

What is “social inclusion”?

People with disability are often the most marginalised in society, and there is much social ostracism that’s largely because of stereotyping and inadequate expectation from people with disabilities Sightsavers India’s projects for Social Inclusion are implemented in partnership with government and general development NGOs and strive to build a conducive environment for persons with disability to lead lives as equal members of society. The core focus of such projects is to ensure that the disabled person is equipped with the requisite skills to lead a life of independence and dignity. Sightsavers India has been supporting the implementation of social inclusion projects since 1983.

Who are your target groups?

Our target group can be classified as below:

  • People living in urban/rural areas
  • Underserved communities living in remote areas

How does Sightsavers India identify the programs and areas to work in?

We identify projects that contribute to achieving Sightsavers India’s strategic aims (covered above). On the basis of socio-economic indicators, e.g. prevalence of blindness, low vision and other causes of avoidable blindness, health status, status of education etc. need analysis studies are done. Screening of possible stakeholders is then conducted, and a program is developed to work on the avoidable blindness and social inclusion of persons with visual impairment.

Our partners

Do you work on your own or through partnership?

We work with corporates such as HCL Foundation, HINCOL, ABB India, JSP Foundation, Alcon Laboratories India Pvt Limited, ABB India Ltd, Oracle, DXC Technology and SMFG India Credit Company Ltd (Formerly Fullerton India Credit Company Ltd).

Sightsavers India also works in partnership with the government and NGOs. The partnership is based on a common goal and vision, learning from each other, and capacity building through training on strategies, approaches, methods implemented in the field, financial accounting systems, reporting, etc. It’s not a relationship based on providing funding support alone, but a partnership in the true sense, where we do capacity building of partner organizations.

Do you have an eminent person associated with Sightsavers India?

  • Internationally acclaimed actor Kabir Bedi is our Honorary Brand Ambassador
  • Y. Quraishi, the former chief election commissioner of India has been a Chairperson of the Board

Do corporates support you? Do you partner with Government? If so can you mention them?

Sightsavers India collaborates through partnership agreements with Government Departments of Health, Education, Social Justice and Social Security in its operational states for intervention of Eye Health, Inclusive Education and Social Inclusion initiatives.

Giving to Sightsavers India

How can I support Sightsavers India?

You can support Sightsavers through one or more of the following options:

  • Making a donation by visiting our website
  • Spreading our key message across in your network
  • Visiting and being a part of our social media network

What all information is sent to the donor?

We send the following items to the donor:

  • Thank you letter
  • Donation Certificate
  • Form 10BE
  • Consolidated Donation Statement
  • Newsletter (thrice a year)

Is my donation to Sightsavers India exempted from tax?

Yes… Under section 80G of IT Act. You may download the 80G certificate by clicking here and the 12A Certificate by clicking here.

Is Sightsavers India a registered organisation?

Yes. Sightsavers India is registered as “Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind” under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 vide registration number E4330. For the registration certificate click here.

Contact information

How can I contact Sightsavers India?

You can email us at [email protected] or call us on (between 9:30am to 5:30pm):

Delhi office: +91 11 42267202, +91 11 42384572

Mumbai office: +91 22 28820808

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