Charity of the week
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, with some 18 million people suffering from the condition. Yet the opaque film that forms in the eyes can be easily removed through surgery. The procedure takes as little as five minutes, requires minimal follow-up, and offers extraordinary results, but many in underdeveloped countries lack the resources for it. The Himalayan Cataract Project (cureblindness.org) is dedicated to surgically removing cataracts, traveling to remote villages without medical centers. In addition to sending doctors, HCP trains local physicians to perform surgeries and helps build eye-care facilities, including specialty eye hospitals. Since 1995, HCP has performed more than 813,000 surgeries for the poor throughout Nepal, Bhutan, India, Ethiopia, Ghana, Myanmar, and Rwanda.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■
March 1, 2019 THE WEEK