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Where do you work in India?
We have presence in 13 states spread across India; states... include Rajasthan, Delhi, UP, Bihar, MP, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

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.

What is “Advocacy”?
An important part of Sightsavers’ work is to advocate for... change: from changes in attitudes, to positions or policies affecting eye health or disabled people’s rights. We also help people who are blind to advocate for their rights, and the most effective way of doing this is to work with blind or disabled people’s organisation.

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

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?
a) Nasiruddin Shah and Anupam Kher who are eminent film... personalities are our brand ambassadors for Mumbai Eye Care Project
b) Abhijeet Sawant (First Indian Idol)
c) S. Y. Quraishi, the former chief election commissioner of India

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.

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.

How can I support Sightsavers?
You can support Sightsavers through one or more of the... following options:
a) Making a donation by visiting our website sightsaversindia.in
b) Spreading our key message across in your network
c) Visiting and being a part of our social media network
e) Becoming a volunteer (Please write to indiavolunteer@sightsavers.org and we will be happy to explore opportunities)

What all information is sent to the donor?
We send the following items to the donor:
- An... 80G certificate
- A welcome kit which comprises of the following items:
a) Thank you card
b) Brochure of Sightsavers
c) Book tag highlighting current years calendar
d) Quarterly Newsletter (printed format)

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. To view the 80G Circular please click here.

How can I contact Sightsavers?
You can email us at indiaweb@sightsavers.org or call us... on (between 9:30am to 5:30pm): Delhi office: +91 65955511/ 33, Mumbai office:  +91 22 28820808

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