Gift sight with a cataract surgery by Blind Peoples Association, India

Gift sight with a cataract surgery


Every monthly donation helps more patients like Jamnaben with surgery

Hailing from Ahmedabad, Jamnaben stays with her huge extended family. However, when she suffered an injury that left her with a cataract in an eye, Jamnaben felt so embarrassed, that she refused to go out in public or even see family members.

She was referred to BPA, where she was diagnosed with Cataract and recommended for surgery. She was able to get a cataract operation just in time. She was provided with free surgery, stay, food and post-operative treatment.

Having completely recovered, Jamnaben now feels comfortable around her family and looks forward to becoming a bigger part of society with her renewed vision. You can help BPA in their quest to restore vision and confidence to many more like her.


By donating to this program

You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month

About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Eye Care
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Cataracts are often related to the aging process, but they are also occasionally found in younger people. It is completely treatable but if untreated, the person becomes totally blind. But due to poverty, many senior citizens live with blindness.

The Navalbhai and Hiraba Eye Hospital set up by the BPA, in collaboration with the Bareja General Hospital Trust provides comprehensive eye care services to people with eye problems, in several villages around Bareja. The program conducts free eye camps and surgeries for poor patients suffering from cataracts. Patients are provided with consultation, surgery, accommodation, spectacles, medicine, transportation, and follow-up treatment.

Donations made to this program support the cost of surgery, sutures, lens, and administrative expenses.

Close to 3 lakh patients are served annually by the Blind People's Association. By supporting this program you can help poor senior citizens get free cataract surgery and reclaim their life.

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About The NGO

Blind Peoples Association, India
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Blind Peoples Association, India

BPA started as a recreational club for visually impaired people but now serves people with all kinds of disabilities, including visual impairment, hearing impairment, mental retardation, orthopedic impairment, mental illness, multiple disabilities etc.

BPA - ONE WINDOW SERVICE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, is a professional organization that strives to provide education, employment opportunities, equal rights and a good quality of life to differently-abled people. The Employment and Placement services is a step towards providing employment as well as self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities so that they can be made financially independent and self-sufficient. They also work towards production and free distribution of assistive devices like crutches, calipers, wheelchairs, mobility devices etc.

During the last five years, BPA has been successful in providing employment to as many as 1500 people, who are presently employed in public as well as private sectors, and are capable of handling important assignments in banks, railways, hospitals, restaurants, etc. The organization works relentlessly to provide these people with regular jobs so that they can be accepted in mainstream society without any discrimination. Having received the National Award and FICCI Award, BPA is recognized as a nodal agency.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Dr. Bhushan Punani

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Cataract | health

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work


Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2014: Crusade against Female Foeticide

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Verification Report 2

Verification Report 3

Program Updates

Program Updates

2 June, 2022

Help Cataract Patients Gain Their Eyesight Back


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

  1. 72 eye camps have been organised in different parts of rural Gujarat in order to help as many people as possible with eye care.

  2. 3456 sight restorations have been conducted during the last six months (1st of August 2021 to 31st of March 2022). 79 keratoplasty surgeries have been conducted in order to recover the sight of patients with no vision.

  3. Two staff members of Porecha eye hospital have undergone training from National Accreditation Board for Hospital (NABH) as the hospital is in the process of NABH accreditation in order to ensure high-quality eye care. Two senior staff also underwent training on eye ban as in the year 2022-2023 the Blind Peoples Association intends to start eye bank at the hospital premises.

  4. BPA provides its eye care services in the state of Gujarat covering mostly 6 districts namely - Ahmedabad, Kheda, Gandhinagar, Kutchh, Sabarkantha and Aravali.

  5. Blind People's Association, through its hospital-based work, Vision centre work, Outreach eye camp and door to door service system reached 34578 people with eye care needs and provided comprehensive eye care services.

  6. The beneficiaries were provided services through the Community based rehabilitation approach for reaching to a maximum number of people in need in rural areas.

Challenges faced and next steps

  • Planning, Monitoring and implementation in marriage ceremony has been quite challenging
  • During Covid time government authorities were not easily ready to give permission for the camp
  • We submitted a letter of confidence to maintain all covid protocols during the camp which was followed by the outreach team. Through monitoring work of the government of camp work, they found it followed all the Covid guidelines provided by them.
  • The hospital intends to conduct 4000 eye surgeries in the coming six months and plans to conduct 50 outreach eye camps and start two more vision centres.

Stories from the ground

Lilaben Govindbhai Chauhan is from Ingoli, Dholka Ahmedabad was having a hyper mature cataract for the last six months. She was diagnosed with cataract in a camp organized in the area last month but was afraid of surgery. As she lost her vision totally, she found it difficult to help with the household work. She was facing problems in going out of home for any work as well. For the last six months, it became very difficult for her to manage to move around by herself. Her son brought her to the vision centre at Dholka. He was apprehensive of the cost of the surgery, but then he came to know that his mother can be operated free of cost at the BPA Bareja hospital. Lilaben got operated on for cataract and got her vision back. Now, she can help her family in daily chores and manage her needs herself.

25 November, 2021

Gift sight with a cataract surgery


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Under the sight restoration program, we have conducted 4372 sight restoration surgery. Even during the covid time also we were not stopped working for the person with visual impairment and were suffering from avoidable blindness. Even we have started two vision centres during the covid time. The development of primary eye care delivery through Vision Center is a key strategy in a growing number of developing countries to ensure we accomplish this shared goal of universal access to eye care. Vision Center provides easily accessible eye care services and a way for patients with chronic blinding eye conditions to readily monitor their eye health status. Blindness in developing countries, as well as in India, is most commonly found in rural and often remote underserved areas. A population-based epidemiological survey in the year 2000, found that the prevalence of blindness in the Indian state is quite high at 1.84% in the population. It is 2.4% in the rural areas, 80% of which is treatable or preventable. India has a population of 6.27 Cr but the total number of specialist eye hospitals in the state is alarmingly low. Most of these facilities are situated in urban centres which are nearly 70% of the population resides in the rural and suburban centres. Most of this 70% of the population are daily wage workers that need to travel to urban centres to get access to primary healthcare and lose their day’s wages. These facts indicate the shortfalls of the entire eye care industry and could be Sabarkantha and Aaravali is one of the most suffered zones of the state. We at Blind People’s Association believe that everybody deserves access to primary healthcare which is available, affordable, and accessible to the people most in need of the remote part in the state of Gujarat. As per our 11 years of experience with Sabarkantha, the people residing there are very friendly, affectionate, and want to be part of the mission. Having an eye hospital in the area will become a blessing for them. Blind People’s Association with all its expertise, intention, dedication, and professional expertise has planned for a state-of-the-art facility to deliver quality and cost-effective eye care of which the construction work has been started.

Challenges faced and next steps

The cost has increased because of safety protocol due to covid which included PPE kit, sanitiser, and others. we tried to get the safety needs from the own fund of the organization. We are planning to cover maximum patients from tribal locations in the state of Gujrat under the program as they are many segregated and disadvantaged communities. We will cover the patients through our outreach program and through our vision centre in the district of Sabarkanth and Aravali which is a tribal dominant district in the state of Gujrat. The field-based outreached activities were not allowed but we were still able to continue our eye care activities in the community through our vision centre established in different districts.

Stories from the ground

Jadiben Jodhabhai Bharvad of village Vavadi, of the district in Kheda. Her age is 60 years and she lives with her family including 6 other members in the family. She is a housewife and because cataract she was finding difficulty in the household and unable to see distance & near clearly during the last 8-9 months. On examination at our hospital runs by the Blind People's Association managed Porecha Eye Hospital, she has been diagnosed with a brown cataract. She was very afraid of surgery and gone back to the village but again her village peoples bring her back to the hospital for the eye check-up and the doctor advised her that she needs to undergo cataract surgery. She was operated on for the same and got back her vision again and now she can see near & distance. She is thankful to bareja hospital for giving her eyesight back and also to the donor who supported the hospital to make her see the world again.

23 March, 2021

Save Sight of Poor & Needy People


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We carry out survey in the villages around selected area to find out how many people have eye problems. The steps in this regard will be the following:

• Appointment of BPA staff members to do survey
• Identification of villages in consultation with officials of Donor
• Conducting eye check‐up camps with the help of a team of doctors
• Dispensing medicines on the spot
• Refractive check up
• Identification of persons with mature cataract

Our field staff will visit the villages and conduct awareness programmes regarding cataract disease and cataract surgery through pamphlets, handouts and announcements through rickshaw and public transport. There will be eye camps at specific time in a specific village and people will be encourage to come to the screening camp.Persons who are very poor and needy and who have mature cataract will be transported from their villages to the Navalbhai and Hiraba Bareja Eye Hospital where they will be given the best quality treatment totally free of cost. One family member will also be allowed to accompany each patient.

• Intensive Eye Check Up and Surgery: All the mature cataract patients will be then intensively checked up for other complications like retinal problems, glaucoma, blood pressure, diabetes, hear abnormalities etc. If they are declared fit for surgery, they will be given pre surgical medicine and treatment and then taken for surgery.
They will be kept in the hospital for two days in total. All meals and all other costs at this time along with surgical costs are totally free for patient. All these costs are included in the Rs. 2500/‐ that we are requesting from Donor per patient. After the surgery, the patient will be checked for post-surgical outcome and eye sight. The patient will be given eye drops for the entire month after surgery along with other medicines. They will be given detail instructions on post-surgical care like bathing, washing the face, hair etc.

After 15 days, the mobile team will visit the village and see all the patients again in a pre‐arranged area and dispense spectacles and other medicines.

5 July, 2020

Gift sight, gift hope !


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Gift sight, gift hope !

With the help of your support we are able to performed around 105 free cataract surgeries to poor and needy patients of surrounding area of Ahmedabad as well as Sabarkantha District.

19 November, 2019

Care and support being provided


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Care and support being provided

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Blind People's Association runs an eye hospital near Bareja. This Hospital is located 25 kilometres away from Ahmedabad towards Kheda and specifically situated at Bareja Village besides NH-8 and providing comprehensive eye care services to the persons with eye problems in more than 500 villages around Bareja. The target population in these 300 Villages are more than 3,00,000. Every day more than 500 patients from these villages come to the hospital for availing its services. The hospital is having eye, E.N.T, orthopaedic, general, physiotherapy unit and pathology laboratory in its name. We are providing all types of eye related treatment to poor and needy patients. We are providing all treatment free of charge to poor and needy patients with the help of donors.

Story from the field

Life starts again for Naubhai
Thank you for gifting a cataract surgery to Naubhai. Nanubhai of village Nandej, District Ahmedabad is having two sons and two daughter and all of his sons and daughters are married and staying separately. Nanubhai is staying with his wife in a small thatched housed. Previously Nanubhai was use to going to the food colour factory as a technical worker in this way he earns livelihood for family, but because of his vision problem he was out of his job since last 7 years and dependent on his wife for his daily living and for his day to day need also. He was hopeless for his life and was quite depressed. One of his friends suggested Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital name run by Blind People’s Association. When he came to know about the hospital from the village ASHA worker he came of the surgery with her and after undergone surgery. We are providing pathology services along with medicine, two days stay, boarding -lodging and spectacles. We are also providing follow up services of operated patients in our hospital. Nanubhai is very happy that he can start his life all tighter again with a great hope. Nanubhai is thankful to donor for restoring his eye sight.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?500
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date400
Village/City/State where project is locatedAll over Gujarat
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19900000
Total Expenses for the project YTD720000