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Let's the Blind See

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Nicholas Kristof Joined Drs. Sanduk Ruit And Geoff Tabin In Hetauda, Nepal

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The Himalayan Cataract Project

Bringing sight to the world's needlessly blind

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25 Dollars, 10 Minutes,
1 Life Changed Forever

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The himalayan cataract project brings world-class eye care to the needlessly blind

Eye Surgeons Making a Difference

The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world with a steadfast commitment to training local providers and working with partners to leverage impact.

Cataract surgery is one of the most cost effective of all health interventions. (Source: World Health Organization)

The Cause

We have restored sight – and hope – for patients who might never have been reached

Our mobile eye-care campaigns and a growing network of specially trained surgeons and nurses are replicating our Nepal success in some of the most impoverished and hardest-to-reach locations on Earth, including Bhutan, Myanmar, and Ethiopia.

The Work

You can make a difference

Your donation to the Himalayan Cataract Project delivers immediate life-changing eye care to the poor and underserved populations that would otherwise go without.


Eye on the World

News • Events • Milestones

The Story of Bontu Temesgen

14-year-old Bontu Temesgen of Ethiopia goes from a world of darkness to 20/20 vision.

Profile in Training: Ethiopia's Dr. Alemu Tesfaw

A fellow in vitreous and retina surgery takes his training in Utah and Nepal back to his homeland, where the need for specialists is acute.

HCP Receives Highest Charity Navigator Rating

Each year, Charity Navigator, America's premier charity evaluator, highlights the work of efficient, ethical and open charities. We are proud to announce the Himalayan Cataract Project has earned our sixth consecutive four-star rating.

ABC News in Ethiopia

David Muir joins Dr. Geoff Tabin in Ethiopia to witness the gift of sight.

Nurse Profile: The Power of One

Meet Marta Yeshitela Abebe, an ophthalmic nurse working to make a difference for those living with unnecessary blindness in Ethiopia.

Why Support the Himalayan Cataract Project?

Our doctors have performed more than 445,000 cataract surgeries in the developing world through walk-in clinics and high-volume, improvised mobile eye camps. Some 18 million needlessly-blind cataract patients still await care, most of them with no place to turn.