Cataract operations performed in cities like Bangalore typically cost between INR 8000 to INR 12000 depending on the case and complexity (With Indian lenses being used). With foreign lenses, the cost zooms to INR 40000. The Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar (RBI) in association with the Globe Eye Foundation is now able to provide these surgeries at a much lower cost of INR 3600. Of the INR 3600, government subsidies and revenue from other surgeries cover INR 2100 of the cost. What we need to raise is just INR 1500 per surgery.
Just INR 1500 from you will GIVE SIGHT to 1 elderly person. INR 3000 it will GIVE SIGHT to 2 people.
The cataract surgeries are for the elderly (usually 65 years + in the rural areas of KOLAR, HOSKOTE & CHINTAMANI. This will help people in rural Karnataka who are in need of urgent surgery.
WHAT IS CATARACT?
As one ages, the lenses in our eyes become cloudy and cause poor vision and blindness if not treated. This is very common among those who are 65+ years.
CASE STUDY OF A CATARACT SURGERY
My name is Riddhi Ravipati. I am 14 years old and in Grade 9 at DPS Bangalore North.
I cannot imagine what it is to go blind. It moved me that over 11 million people in India are impacted by cataract which can be easily treated. But access to quality eye care and the cost is a deterrent. The fact that a contribution of just INR 1500 can make a difference to the life of someone & give them back their sight made me realise that I must do something to help. It not just restores vision for them but also improves the quality of life for the needy people.
I strongly believe that we can help those who are needy and in the process, transform their lives. Please support my campaign and let us together bring light into the lives of these people. Keep funding this till the last date. I would like to raise much more than my goal and help more elderly people see again.
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 organization. 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. Globe Eye has also partnered with LIONS GEF EYE hospital in Chintamani and NETRADEEP by Rotary in Kolar for Surgeries.
By funding this campaign, you are eligible for tax breaks as Rotary is a registered NGO & you can avail benefits under section 80G of the IT act. Foreign funding is also accepted.
FEEDBACK FORMAT THAT YOU GET
To ensure that there is complete transparency I shall get a report from the hospital (this takes between 1 to 3 months usually after the funds are raised & transferred to them) telling me who benefitted from the funding. The details will then be posted on the UPDATES section of my campaign and will be in a format like the one below. As soon as an update is posted, the platform will send an SMS and EMAIL alert to all the funders - i.e. to you. Click on the link on the email and you can read about which person has benefitted. That's transparent right.
The below image is an example of the FEEDBACK FORMAT that we will be shared with all my funders.
Will we get to know the 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.
When do I get the receipts?
It takes up to 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 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 FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.