What we do

We work to eliminate avoidable blindness and help bring about equality for people with disabilities.

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Sightsavers is a global development organisation.

We have been working in India since 1966 to eliminate avoidable blindness and to ensure that people who are irreversibly blind are supported adequately to lead lives of independence and dignity. Sightsavers focusses on collaborating with various departments of the state governments to scale up operations for eye healthinclusive education and social inclusion – our three core areas of work. 

Our work

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Eye health

Sightsavers ensures availability of affordable, quality eye health services in rural districts, urban slums and government schools. We focus on raising awareness about eye health, training health care workers, school teachers and community volunteers and strengthening their capacities.
Our work on eye health

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Inclusive education

The key objective of our Inclusive Education Programme is to raise learning outcomes of Children with Visual Impairment (CVI) through mainstream education. On the ground, Sightsavers aims to promote a positive and enabling environment in schools, families as well as communities to support the holistic education of CVIs.
Our work on inclusive education

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Social inclusion

Sightsavers's national social inclusion programme is being implemented in all the 8 priority states. The overall change statement of the programme is, “Persons with disabilities have equal right and opportunities in an inclusive environment”.
Our work on social inclusion

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Sightsavers India works in 13 states, extending eye services to the least served areas.

Where we work

People we have supported

Sightsavers stories

Manisha's story

Manisha from Jabalpur has orthopaedic disability and is supported by Sightsavers under the Social Inclusion Programme.

Sightsavers stories

Srinu’s story

“To protect people from the pandemic, I, along with my SHG members decided to tailor masks and distribute in the community, and educate people about wearing masks, practice social distancing and handwashing,” says Srinu.

Sightsavers stories

Preeti's story

Preeti* from Chittaurgarh is 20 years old and has orthopaedic disability. At five years of age, Preeti met with an accident in which she lost one of her legs.