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Giving Back: The Himalayan Cataract Project

Perhaps my absolute favorite foundation to give to is The Himalayan Cataract Project. It was started by two eye surgeons in an attempt to cure unnecessary blindness around the world, in areas where access to such help would normally be impossible. Unbeknownst to me, there are many countries, like Ethiopia, with a high rate of cataract induced blindness due to poverty, genealogy, and other factors. However, with a mere $25 and less than 15 minutes time, a person who may have been blind for years, is able to see again.

While sight in itself is wonderful gift from the Creator- and a sense that most of us probably take for granted- the opportunities that reopen for these patients are what really touch home for me; from the potential of further education to the increased ability to work and put food on the table. Awesome! I think I can stand skipping a couple junk food runs to Whole Foods in order to help 3 or 4 people regain their sight. How about you?

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