The mission of Helen Keller International is to save and improve the sight and lives of the world's vulnerable by combatting the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition. Recognizing a lack of accessible, adequate vision care among low-income children in the United States, HKI established ChildSight® in 1994. The program identifies and treats common vision disorders like nearsightedness by providing in-school vision screenings, prescription eyeglasses, and ophthalmologic referrals to local partners for follow-up care as needed. In so doing, the program “brings education into focus”™ for children who would otherwise be left with poor vision – and unfulfilled potential.
Headquartered in New York City, Helen Keller International’s programs
prevent blindness and reduce malnutrition in 22 countries – 13 in Africa, 8 in
Asia Pacific, and in the United States – reaching 300 million people
each year. In
2009, Helen Keller International received the prestigious António Champalimaud
Vision Award in recognition of our significant achievements in preventing
blindness worldwide. Last year, Helen Keller International received the 2014
Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, which recognizes extraordinary leadership
in the nonprofit sector. This year, we received the 2015 BBVA Foundation
Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Development Cooperation for our broad impact
around the world.
In classrooms across Connecticut, children are unable to make the most of their education because their parents cannot afford or easily access the glasses they need to see clearly. Kids struggling with poor vision struggle to learn, to read the blackboard, and to fully engage with their teachers and peers. With a gift of
$25, ChildSight® can provide a vision screening and pair of prescription eyeglasses to a child in need, improving their sight and their academic
potential. Together, with your support, we can continue
to "bring education into focus"TM for vulnerable
children in Connecticut.
Headquartered in New York City, HKI’s programs prevent blindness and reduce malnutrition in 22
countries – 13 in Africa, 8 in Asia Pacific, and in the United States –
reaching 300 million people each year. In the United States, our ChildSight program serves students in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
Recognizing a void in accessible, adequate vision care among low-income children in the U.S., HKI established ChildSight®in 1994. ChildSight®identifies and treats refractive error by providing in-school vision screenings, prescription eyeglasses, and referrals for follow-up care as needed. In so doing, the program “brings education into focus™” for children who would otherwise be left with poor vision and unfulfilled potential. ChildSight®serves children in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. Since its inception, the program has screened over 1.7 million children and delivered over 258,000 pairs free eyeglasses to children in need.
In 2000, HKI launched ChildSight®Connecticut to provide services to the state’s most vulnerable schoolchildren. Since its inception, the program has screened more than 103,000 children and has provided nearly 23,000 children with the free eyeglasses they needed to focus and thrive, academically and in life.
In the 2015-2016 academic year, we anticipate that 75% of students surveyed will report that their ChildSight®glasses “help them with their schoolwork” and that 85% of the teachers surveyed will report observing a positive influence on academic performance, classroom participation and/or classroom behavior among students who received ChildSight®eyeglasses.
“I teach four classes, and I have noticed many of my students wearing glasses now. Behaviors have improved, but, most importantly, students are able to see what is on the projector instead of squinting. – Heather Nixon, Math Teacher, John S. Martinez School, New Haven, CT
To help achieve maximum impact in our work, HKI collaborates with hundreds of program partners including local communities, international and local NGOs, national and local governments, and a variety of corporations and foundations in the private sector.
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Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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