The Gift of Sight

We are working to eliminate preventable and curable blindness in under-resourced communities.

"Himalayan Cataract Project performs miracles. This 2020 Holiday Impact Prize recipient goes to remote places to give people their sight back, at a cost that is sometimes just $20 in materials per cataract surgery. I've seen the surgeries in rural Nepal and rarely witnessed anything as uplifting as when the bandages come off and the blind can see again."
– Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist

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A $25 donation can provide the material cost of one sight restoring surgery.

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Subdued and shy, with cataracts in both eyes, Melkemu spoke so softly you couldn’t even hear him.

Watch Melkemu’s video and read his story to experience the moment he regained his sight.

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The Cause


A 10-minute, $25 surgery restores sight to the needlessly blind


Eighty percent of blindness can be treated or prevented

17 Million

Needlessly blind cataract patients still await care


Since 1995, HCP & partners have performed over one million sight restoring surgeries in places that need them the most

Financial Efficiency

We take great pride in our financial efficiency and work to maximize the value of every donation we receive. Almost 90% percent of our expended resources support our efforts to eradicate preventable blindness throughout the world.

  • 88% Programs
  • 7% Administrative Costs
  • 5% Fundraising