NGO Spotlight: Helen Keller International

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

There are 285 million people who are blind or visually impaired worldwide. Did you know that about 80% of those cases were preventable with proper treatment?

Malnutrition and a lack of vitamin A is the leading cause of preventable vision loss for children. Vision is also plagued by preventable infectious diseases (referred to as diseases of poverty). We rarely hear about these diseases in the US, but they affect 1 in 6 people worldwide.

To reduce these preventable causes of vision loss, 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 medicine, health, and nutrition programs are all based on strong evidence and research. HKI believes that all people should have the opportunity to be an agent of positive change in their own life!

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!

To support HKI check out their page on UniversalGiving’s website.

“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

Read more about Helen Keller International!



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