Winter 2019 Letter From Suresh Chandra, CBI Founder
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Dear CBI family and friends,
Let me begin by expressing my deep gratitude for your commitment to helping us alleviate preventable blindness throughout the world.
Thanks to your dedicated support, we achieved our World Sight Day goal of $100,000, resulting in a total of over $200,000 in matched funds.
We are continuing to make great strides in giving the gift of sight to those in need. When our journey began 35 years ago, we supported about 300 cataract surgeries a year. Today, that number is nearly 20,000 per year.
Annually, we’re screening close to 80,000 school children through our International Pediatric Program. And in just five years, we have built capacity in our partner countries by providing scholarships to over 400 young women to become ophthalmic technicians and nurses.
Thirty-five years ago, I would have never imagined these numbers were possible.
Looking forward, I hope that you will continue to support CBI, and consider taking advantage of an exciting new opportunity to make a difference. Inspired by your generosity, each of our Board members contributed to a $35,000 year-end matching gift.
By donating to this matching gift, you’ll help twice as many people conquer blindness, become more productive, and thrive. Together, we have the power to change lives.
I wish you all peace, happiness and good health in the new year.
Thank you for your kind support,
Suresh Chandra, MD