Cataract operations performed in cities like Bangalore typically cost between 8000 to 12000 INR depending on the case and complexity (With Indian lenses being used). With foreign lenses, the cost zooms to 40000 INR. The Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar (RBI) in association with the Globe Eye Foundation are now able to impact & make these surgeries available at a much lower cost of close to INR 3600. Of the 3600 INR amount, government subsidies and revenue from other surgeries take care of INR 2600 approximately of the cost. Through this crowdfunding campaign, I want to raise INR 1000 per surgery to make 20 cataract surgeries happen! These cataract surgeries are mainly for the elderly (65 years and above mainly) in the rural areas of KOLAR, HOSKOTE & CHINTAMANI. This campaign will impact the rural elderly (both men and women) who are poor and in-need of urgent surgery. JUST 1000 INR from you will GIVE SIGHT to the rural elderly!
HELP ME RAISE 20000 INR & IMPACT 20 ELDERLY PEOPLE.
The money raised will be given to our partners - Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar & they will pay the amounts to the NGO – Globe Eye Foundation. Once the money is given, the Globe Eye Foundation will use it to do cataract surgeries for the elderly poor in villages in Hoskote, Kolar & Chintamani areas and share the details with me. I shall then post an update giving you details of the elderly whose eyesight has been corrected so that you know where your money has gone.
CASE STUDY OF A CATARACT SURGERY
ABOUT ME & THIS CAMPAIGN:
I am Asmita and I study in class VII at Delhi Public School, E-city, Bangalore. I am a really big bookworm and I can spend a whole day just reading books if I am allowed to (sadly, I am not). I also love to listen to songs and my favourite band is One Direction. I play the Keyboard. I also like skating. My favourite subjects are English and Science.
Pic: This is me
The real reason I am doing this campaign (read as-Really Helpful Campaign) is that I know what it is like to be blind (I have spectacles). I really feel for the people who are losing their eyesight and have no money to fund the cataract surgery. As you have read before, cataract surgery usually costs about INR 8,000 to even INR 40,000. This campaign is targeted on those people who have cataracts but no money to fund the surgery. And you and I, two normal humans with a gentle heart, can literally save the lives of more than 2,000 lives when we come together. Contribute just INR 1000 to fulfil all the dreams of a very thankful person. Help a person come from darkness, back to light!
ROTARY & GLOBE EYE FOUNDATION
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We are raising this money to cover the costs of their surgery & the smallest contribution you make will help save their lives. The funds from this campaign will be transferred to Rotary (since they are a registered NGO & you get tax benefits) & they will in-turn route it to the concerned hospitals. Once the campaign ends, regular updates will be posted to keep the funders abreast of who received the surgery, the outcome and the progress of the person.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as the Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar is a registered NGO & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT act. Foreign funding is not accepted. If you are an Indian living abroad or a person holding an Indian passport you can still fund this campaign.
ABOUT THE HOSPITALS:
There are 3 hospitals where these surgeries will be done. All 3 hospitals are managed by the GLOBE EYE FOUNDATION (GEF). The hospitals are located in Kolar, Hoskote and Chintamani.
ABOUT ROTARY BANGALORE INDIRANAGAR:
Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting changes in communities at home and abroad. For over 110 years, the Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar along with its members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, they are committed to always working to better our world.
ABOUT GLOBE EYE FOUNDATION:
Based out of Bangalore this foundation has made significant contributions to the needs of the poor & elderly in the villages around Bangalore. Founded in 1995 by Dr. Sundar Ram Shetty, Globe Eye Foundation is a registered charitable and nonprofit organisation. It has been delivering eye care services through its Eye Hospital at Hoskote (A Rural Town near Bangalore) since 1996. The people of Kolar, Bangalore rural and urban districts are covered by this Hospital. More than 80% of the service is going free to the needy poor in Karnataka. Their website is at the link http://www.globeeye.org/
Will we get to know details of the elderly who benefitted?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to Rotary who will then give it to the Globe Eye Foundation. It will take from 30 to 90 days after that to get details of who the beneficiary was with details of them. Once I get this information from the team at Rotary & Globe Eye Foundation (as they collaborate on this) I shall upload this on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert & can read details about the beneficiaries.
What are the crowdfunding charges?
Fueladream charges 2% for the payment for the payment gateway and 7% as crowdfunding charges. With GST the total comes to 10.62%. There is also an initial fee of 3000 INR which is being waived for us. Of the INR 20,000 a net amount of INR 17856 will be transferred to the Rotary Foundation.
When do I get the receipts?
It takes upto 2 weeks after the campaign is closed for the monies to be transferred. The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an Idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such a pooling of funds.
You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on a FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.