Saturday, 5 July 2014

TOMS program beneficiary thanks LVPEI

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.

Eye sight restored to this poor man from Bellary

Abdul Kuddu Sab Shaikh, 76, of Cowl Bazar in Bellary, Karnataka, is the caretaker of the local mosque. He lives in a makeshift shelter next to the mosque, along with his wife and widowed daughter, and his livelihood depends on the charity of the people visiting the mosque. He had been suffering from bilateral cataract and was challenged in his daily work due to old age and low vision. But he had not sought any health service owing to his lack of resources.

He was identified for surgery at a community screening program and underwent surgery in his right eye at LVPEI's Y Mahabaleswarappa Memorial Eye Centre in Bellary, Karnataka. After having had his vision
restored, he gives credit to the Almighty and also praises the efforts of LVPEI's doctors and staff.