India is home to a third of the world’s blind population. The country has about 12 million individuals with visual impairment against the global total of 39 million according to a report published by the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB).
The ability to render vision makes our eyes one of the most important sensory organs in our body. Visually impaired people usually feel a sense of helplessness when they can touch feel and smell things but cannot see it.
To help such visually impaired people see the light of the day and regain their lost happiness, Bhumi’s team has been consistently organizing Eye Donation awareness campaigns across Chennai.
Eye donation is an act of donating one’s eyes after his/her death. This combination of astounding advances in medicine and the power of human kindness can help innumerable people to see the world again only with a new pair of eyes!
Nivetha one of our volunteers in Chennai attended one such awareness campaign, which inspired her to spread the word about this amongst her friends and family.
This October, when two of her relatives suddenly passed away, she acted swiftly and encouraged their next of kin to donate their eyes. Later we found out that due to this act four individuals regained their eyesight.
We are overwhelmed by Nivetha’s calm and composure in times of grief, and how these turn of events could help so many people see again.
Nivetha was happy to answer some of the relevant questions that would further inspire more volunteers in this humble act.
Why did you help your relatives to engage in eye donation?
Attending the awareness campaign on eye donation made me realize how small steps can eventually lead to changing someone’s life. I also got a chance to volunteer and help visually impaired people, this is when I truly realized the importance of Eye Donation & pledged my eyes too.
During the time of death in family, we are so grief-stricken, we usually cannot think logically. But when one attends these awareness sessions, it prepares you to act rationally and help people.
How are you feeling about the fact that four people have regained vision because of your efforts?
I am overjoyed that I could help 4 people see again. It’s a feeling that is yet to sink in completely. I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all our young volunteers to learn about Eye Donation and pledge their eyes too.
Well, you may be thinking that this is the end of such an amazing story! We are happy to share that one of Nivetha’s friends Monica, who also attended the awareness sessions, similarly helped another four people in November this year.
Our efforts are ongoings and we appeal to more volunteers to come forward and help more people see this beautiful world!
The eye donation awareness campaign was started by Ranjith, one of our Changedrivers (employees) and a passionate volunteer. We congratulate him on his first success in helping eight people to be able to see again.
Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. Bhumi, as a platform, enables over 20,000 volunteers across 10 cities in India for causes like education, environment, animals and community welfare. Sign up to donate blood and spread awareness: bhumi.ngo/volunteer