The Himalayan Cataract Project takes great pride in our financial efficiency and accountability. We work to maximize the value of every donation we receive and strive to direct those funds where they are most needed. More than 90 percent of our expended resources support our efforts to eradicate preventable blindness throughout the world.
The programmatic work and vision of HCP is determined by our Board of Directors (PDF, 75k), developed and managed by the Officers (PDF, 75k) in our management team, and guided by recommendations from an Advisory Board made up of long-time supporters of HCP and leaders in the field of international ophthalmology and development.
Recognizing that cataracts are treatable and cause 70% of unnecessary blindness in Nepal galvanized HCP's founders, Drs. Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin to take action. Together, they established the Himalayan Cataract Project and vowed to eliminate as much preventable and curable blindness in the developing world as possible in their lifetimes.
The organization's roots are based in Kathmandu, Nepal at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. Founded in 1994, Tilganga became a model for providing quality eye care in the developing world. With more than a decade of HCP investment, including support for a significant expansion, today Tilganga is a world-class tertiary eye care center. Each year, the staff serves more than 400,000 patients and provides training for hundreds of eye care personnel from around the world.
Their inventive approach and dogged perseverance continue to make possible what 20 years ago may have been considered impossible.
The Himalayan Cataract Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Principal photography provided by Ace Kvale, Michael Amendolia and other photojournalists who have generously supported our work. Site design by Flannel