Charity of the week
Established in 1915, Helen Keller International (hki.org) is one of the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition in vulnerable communities around the world. Co-founded by the pioneering deaf-blind American author and political activist, the organization focuses on preventing blindness and vision loss by providing better access to basic eye-care services such as prescription eyeglasses and cataract surgery. It also works to prevent and treat tropical diseases such as blinding trachoma and river blindness that cause vision problems. To combat malnutrition, HKI trains local farmers in sustainable agricultural practices that diversify their produce, and teaches them to sell surplus produce in local markets. HKI currently runs 120 programs in 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and North America.
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