Project information

Curing Blindness - Restoring Sight

In Bihar India, 2 million people – children, women and men - are blind from cataract, these are people who with a simple operation costing just £16 could see tomorrow. Our vision is of a Bihar free of curable blindness. 100% of all money raised will go direct to our projects.

January 2015 - December 2020

Charity information: The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust

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  • Need


    Blindness caused by cataracts in Bihar, India - one of the poorest states in India and where recent research has shown that 2 million people are blind.


    Together with our partner hospitals we identify patients, fund surgeries and ensure appropriate follow up to maintain eye health.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    A curable blindness free Bihar - 2 million people now blind, will be able to see again


    » Funding eye camps, surgeries and follow up
    » We hope to build a new satellite hospital in a part of Bihar where there is massive need for eye care and not enough hospitals

    What success will look like

    We monitor carefully - every £16 raised pays for a surgery

  • Impact


    People who are blind will be able to see.

    This is transformative for individuals and their families. It increases earnings potential, reduces vunerability and very often frees young girls (who have been supporting the blind person) so that they are able to go back to school


    Hospitals getting a reputation for poor quality - we mitigate these risks by working with long term partners and carrying out regular external medical audits. Moreover we randomly sample and follow up with patients on a regular basis.


    Through our email newsletter which will contain updates on the projects over all and stories of people who have had surgery. For large donors we can agree customised reporting.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,093,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,648,000 Adult surgeries 25,000 adult and 200 child surgeries per year for 4 years
      £445,000 New Eye Hospital 55 bed satelite eye hospital in a remote and underserved part of Bihar

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Waney family and friends £800,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Bihar is one of the remotest and poorest states in India.


    People who are blind and their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a successful track record with over 250,000 cataract surgeries completed. We've worked in Bihar for 7 years and have developed great partnerships that are proven to deliver.

    100% of funds raised goes to the projects.

    Our organisation is small, knows our projects inside out and is based a combination of effectiveness and compassion. We bring great business skills to bear on major problems.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Maggie Gardner

    Maggie will oversee the project - she's worked in international development for more than 20 years and has extensive experience of working in Asia.

    Praveen Kumar

    India lead - recently joining Savitri from Sightsavers Praveen has in depth experience of project implementation, monitoring and agile development


Will pay for a sight restoring cataract surgery

"the best thing is seeing my families faces, and my husband, for the first time in a long year"

Sanjoda Devi