NGO Spotlight: Helen Keller International

Saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged worldwide.

Did you know that 285 million people in the world are blind, but 80% of them don’t have to be. There are also two billion people who suffer from malnutrition. There are also infectious diseases (referred to as diseases of poverty) many which we rarely hear about in the US affect 1 in 6 people around the world.

Helen Keller International (HKI) was co-founded in 1915 by Helen Keller, a great deaf-blind crusader, and George Kessler, a WWI veteran who wanted to assist allied soldiers who were blinded in service.

Today HKI designs programs in 22 countries around the world to combat the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition. Their programs are based on evidence and research in medicine, and health and nutrition. HKI believes that all people should have the opportunity to be an agent of positive change in their own life!

“They do not want charity, they want the kind of help that will give their lives a goal, their frustrated selves a purpose around which to integrate their personalities and regain their inner health.”  — Helen Keller

HKI works to prevent blindness and vision loss through providing surgeries, vision correction, vitamin A supplements, and screening and treatment for neglected diseases. Additionally, they fight malnutrition by promoting practices that improve nutrition such as maternal and child nutrition education. HKI even works directly with families to help them grow nutritious foods!  

If you would like or learn more, you can check out their page on the UniversalGiving website!  

“Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.” ― Helen Keller

Read stories about Helen Keller International’s work!



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