The TOMS program is a One-for-One service grant facilitated through the SEVA Foundation, USA, that provides support for additional services for surgical care, glasses and medical treatment to those in need. These quality services are provided free of cost. This is a story of one of the beneficiaries of the TOMS program.
Vallabhaneni Subbarao, 64, from Vali Veru Village, Chunduru Mandal, Guntur district, is a retired illiterate agricultural labourer. He used to depend upon his neighbours as he had been suffering from poor vision for the past 7 years. He did not have the money to go to a hospital and get spectacles. He had lost his wife and his children were settled in Guntur. Unfortunately, they were not taking care of him. It was his neighbours and other villagers who provided him with food. Owing to his poor vision, he was completely dependent on others to bring him water from the nearby borewell.
But now having been given spectacles on 11 March 2014 under the TOMS program, he is able to see clearly and is fetching his water independently and walking on the road without any difficulty. He is also performing his daily chores without any assistance. He and his neighbours are very happy and are thankful to LVPEI and the TOMS project for identifying his problem and providing spectacles free of cost.