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Our work

Where do you work in India?

Sightsavers India works in 8 states, 20 cities, enabling people with disabilities and those with preventable blindness to lead lives of independence and dignity.

What is “social inclusion”?

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

Who are your target groups?

Our target group can be classified as below:

  • People living in urban/rural areas
  • Poor marginal communities living in remote areas
  • People residing in slumps and least privileged areas

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

We identify projects that contribute to the achievement of 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. and need analysis studies are done. Screening of possible stakeholders is then conducted and a program to work for the avoidable blindness and social inclusion of persons with visual impairment.

Our partners

Do you work on your own or through partnership?

Sightsavers works in partnership with NGOs, the partnership is based on common goal and vision, learning from each other, doing capacity building through training on strategies, approaches, methods implemented in the field, financial accounting systems, reporting etc. So in one word it’s not a relationship which is based on providing funding support alone but its partnership in true sense, where we do capacity building of partner organization.

Do you have an eminent person associated with Sightsavers?

  • Internationally acclaimed actor, Kabir Bedi is our brand ambassador
  • S. Y. Quraishi, the former chief election commissioner of India
  • Nasiruddin Shah and Anupam Kher who are eminent film personalities are our brand ambassadors for Mumbai Eye Care Project
  • Abhijeet Sawant (First Indian Idol)

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

Yes we have support from corporates like Standard Chartered, Deshpande Foundation, Intel, RPG and many more…

We have partnered with Rajindra Prasad Eye Hospital and also have tied up with Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), ICDS programme/NHRM, municipalities, State governments throughout India.

Giving to Sightsavers

How can I support Sightsavers?

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 Receipt cum 80G certificate
  • Consolidated Donation Statement
  • Newsletter (thrice a year)

Is my donation to Sightsavers 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 a registered organisation?

Yes. Sightsavers is registered in India as ‘Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind.’ For the registration certificate click here.

Contact information

How can I contact Sightsavers?

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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