FACTS: Cataract operations performed in cities like New Delhi 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. Modern School, Delhi in association with the Venu Eye Institute is now able to make these surgeries available at a much lower cost of close to INR 4000. Of the 4000 INR amount, government subsidies and revenue from other surgeries take care of INR 2500 approximately 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. So if you fund INR 3000 it will GIVE SIGHT to 2 people.
Through this crowdfunding campaign, I want to raise INR 18000 to make 12 cataract surgeries happen. These cataract surgeries are for the elderly (usually 65 years +) in the villages and rural areas of Delhi & NCR region. This will impact the rural elderly (both men and women) who are poor and in need of urgent surgery.
HELP ME RAISE INR 18000 & IMPACT 12 PEOPLE.
The money raised will be given to our partners Venu Eye Institute. Once the money is given, Venu Eye Institute will use it to do cataract surgeries for the elderly poor in villages and rural areas of Delhi & NCR area 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.
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
ABOUT ME & THIS CAMPAIGN:
Hi, my name is DWIJ SHARMA and I am in Grade 9 at the Modern School, New Delhi.
Let me tell you more about this campaign of mine. A few days ago, our school had a program where the team from Fueladream.com told us about a crowdfunding program which is going to help raise funds for elderly people who urgently need to undergo cataract surgeries. I was shocked to learn that there are 11mn people who are impacted in India because of this.
I cannot imagine what it is to go blind. The fact that a contribution of just Rs 1500 can make a difference to the life of someone & give them back their sight made me realize that I must do something to help. I was really surprised that it takes just INR 1500 to make a difference.
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. While my goal is INR 18000, I would like to raise much more than that and help more elderly people see again.
INR 1500 is what you and I would spend if we went out on a weekend to a theatre to watch a movie and have popcorn and lunch. That amount is all it takes to give sight to one person and change their life and the life of their families.
Venu Eye Institute, New Delhi
The funds from this campaign go to Venu Eye hospital. All the receipts and 80G tax benefits that you get will from them as they have the necessary 80G certification and also have an FCRA certificate (This means that even funding from foreign sources is accepted).
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as the Venu Eye Institute is a registered NGO & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT act. Foreign funding is accepted too.
ABOUT VENU EYE INSTITUTE
LOCATION OF THE HOSPITAL
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 Venu Eye Institute. 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 Venu, 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 3% for the payment gateway and 9% as crowdfunding charges. GST is extra. Nett of all these fees we still need JUST INR 1500 to do surgery. There is also an initial fee of 3000 INR which is being waived for us.
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 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 FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.