A kind Request

 
Karuna Trust is a charity functioning in Sri Lanka for the last 16 years, helping the underprivileged to make their lives success. In 2017 we were felicitated by the President as the best social worker in North Central Province.
 
From 2015 we gave priority for eye care service, because we found this as a major requirement among the rural poor. While we are working in this field we found, about 5% of children today suffer with some kind of vision related problem that need immediate medial attention or correction. Now we work simultaneously in both elders and children’s eye care.
 
We do 100 free cataract surgeries in every month for the poor patients from rural villages. Now we are not holding eye camps, instead of that we get down the patients to our clinic at Maharagama where it is equipped with all modern eye care equipment. If we go to the villages we can check only for cataracts, but in the clinic we can do a full eye checkup. For the patients who need cataract surgery, we give them a date and for others who have other ailments, we direct them to an eye hospital. On the date of surgery, we give the patients, their lunch, diner and medicine free of charge. Post operation checking, we have made arrangements with the doctors in the particular areas. Many of the doctors do it free of charge.
 
Monthly we do a students’ eye care program in a rural school. We go to a school with previous arrangements. Here we go with a team of optometrists and start the screening early because we have to finish the screening before 1.30 pm. For five hours we can cover a maxim of 300 students. So we have to select small schools with less students. From September we will be able to do 200 students per hour because we have ordered a Vision Screener.
 
Karuna Trust is the smallest community eye care service in Sri Lanka. We don’t have any paid staff. Our administration cost is only 2.3%. We do our services all over the country but no traveling costs. But we do a superior eye care service, that no other community eye care service does. We want to maintain the services that we do without cutting down. Unfortunately, our income has come down very badly because of the country’s bad economic situation. Recently, the Central Bank reduce the interest rates from 13% to 8.5% where our annual income came down by 5.5 m rupees a year. We could have done 600 cataract surgeries from this amount.
 
Now there are two options, one to cut down the services that we do and the other is to make an appeal from the public, requesting funds to continue this worthy project. A pair of quality spectacles with low cost is only US$10.00.
 
Dear sir/madam, your small donation will give sight to a child and save him from blindness. We hope that you all will help us to help the needy in your motherland.
 
With best wishes,
 
Mahinda Karunaratne,
Founder Chairman
 
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To donate, visit Karuna Trust at www.karunalanka.org
Last updated: Friday, July 12, 2019
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