We at Karuna Trust have now initiated another meritorious activity with the launch of their latest project, “Karuna Community Eye Care Center” to help underprivileged people of Sri Lanka who suffer from various forms of vision impairments. We are focused to create awareness that blindness is preventable and address the issue of vision loss of thousands of people due to cataract by facilitating free cataract surgeries. We also distribute quality spectacles made according to the prescriptions free of charge, for those of lower income under this new project.
What Motivated Us to Move into Eye Care Services
Since 2015 Karuna Trust has been a partnering organization of Vision 2020 Sri Lanka; a program launched under the Ministry of Health to resolve the issue of preventable blindness and has been closely associated in helping them in numerous projects by giving donations, organizing eye camps in predetermined locations and initiating programs to give spectacles to students suffering with low vision. When Vision 2020 program got paralyzed in 2017, all programs we were carrying on with Vision 2020 too came to an end. As we were keen to continue these meritorious activities, our programs continued with our own initiative. We conducted several eye camps in remote villages and facilitated cataract surgeries for the needy people. As these programs were continuing successfully, Karuna Trust set up an eye clinic in Maharagama to serve the deserving people free of charge. We named this clinic as, Karuna Community Eye Care Center and now it is running as a separate project of Karuna Trust.
What We Do and The Services We Offer
Our main objective is to help give sight to those who are blind and visually impaired due to eye ailments including cataract. Anyone who walks in to our eye clinic can get their eyes checked free of charge. Those patients who are of low income are entitled for free cataract surgeries and/or spectacles. Any student with low vision can obtain a pair of eye glasses of high quality made to prescription free of charge. Under this project we also conduct Eye Screening Camps in remote areas of Sri Lanka. Under our outreach program we identify less privileged persons with cataract, which can cause total blindness if not treated early. All such patients diagnosed with cataract are brought to eye hospitals in close proximity and we facilitate them to undergo cataract surgery. Following surgery, we ensure the safe return of all patients to their respective homes. The total cost of such surgery including transport to and from, eye drops, meals on the surgery day and other incidental expenses are borne by Karuna Trust. We serve all without any discrimination according to The Buddha’s teaching.
How We Operate
Karuna Community Eye Care Center is 100% funded by Karuna Trust. A budgeted sum of SLR 600,000.00 per month is allocated by Karuna Trust to meet the running costs of the eye clinic. All overheads which include rent, salaries, doctors’ fees, medicines, electricity, water etc., is paid by this allocation and the remaining funds are utilized to meet the cost of cataract surgeries and spectacles which are provided free of charge to the under privilege. Twenty five percent of our income is donations. Hundred percent of the donations that we receive are utilize for cataract surgeries and spectacles.
Our Recent Works
We are happy to write that Karuna Community Eye Care Center has come forward in community eye care service in Sri Lanka. During the last four months we have done 332 cataract surgeries, given 359 pairs of spectacles to the elders and 218 pairs of spectacles to the students. In April we could not cover up our scheduled programs due to the sad situation in the country.
In two occasions parents sponsor for spectacles and gave to low vision students on their children’s birthdays. Also we gave spectacles in two occasions to cancer patients in CCC House in Maharagama, one sponsored by the parents on their daughter’s birthday and the other by a lady on her birthday. All of them have given a good example to the parents who spend thousands of rupees on their children’s birthdays.
We had a teachers training program in Galewela in Matale district to identify low vision students. There we trained 152 teachers from 74 schools and they have selected 165 students as low vision. We will be going with a team of opticians and a community ophthalmologists and screen the students and will give spectacles to those who need it.
How You Can Help Us.
Your kind contributions and donations may be in memory of your late Parent, Family Member, Relative or Friend or to mark any special occasion such as Birthdays, Anniversaries or any other special occasion.
There are many ways you can help us.
- You could sponsor the cost of one or more cataract surgeries. Currently each surgery costs US$ 75.00 or SLRS. 12,000.00.
- Sponsorship of Spectacles for a group of students. Each pair of spectacle costs US$ 10.00 or SLRs. 1,700.00 per pair.
- A standard Donation of Rs. 1,000.00 a month through a bank standing order and sponsor 01 Cataract surgery and a quality pair of Prescriptive Spectacle for a deserving student annually.
- Sponsor 01 pair of Prescriptive Spectacle by donating Rs. 150.00 per month through a bank standing order for a period of one year.
Your donations can be made to one of the following accounts favoring Karuna Trust.
- A/C No. 81010542, Bank of Ceylon, Homagama, Sri Lanka, ABN (SWIFT) BCEYLKLX,
- A/c. No. 1750029929, Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Homagam, Sri Lanka, ABN(SWIFT) CCEYLKLX,
- A/c. No.108761003812, Sampath Bank, Pannipitiya.
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