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Ranchhod Foundation promotes better eye care

One of the healthiest property ownership and management companies has just completed Eye Camps in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu, enabling more than 1130 people to have ophthalmologist consultation.

Ranchhod Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Ranchhod Group, which owns properties in New Zealand and Australia, funded the Programme conducted by CBM, an international Christian development organisation committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.

Good response

A CBM Report said that 1132 people (including 291 children) were seen by an ophthalmologist in 10 eye camps conducted in villages that do not have ready access to eye-care services. Of these, 118 people received cataract surgery and 133 pairs of glasses were supplied, the report said.

“People lined up and registered eager for assessments. They were assessed and referred for additional tests if needed. Those requiring cataract surgery were transported by bus to the eye hospital.”

According to CBM, 90% of 285 million people with visual impairment live in developing countries. About 39 million are blind, and 246 million people have low vision.

Inspiring leadership

The Ranchhod Foundation aims to inspire businesses in New Zealand to think about giving back to their community.

Director Raman Ranchhod said that the Foundation reflected corporate responsibility of the Group towards the society and the community.

“The Foundation strives to undertake a number of charitable causes in New Zealand and India with a focus on supporting adults and children in need. It is a registered charitable organisation involved in a number of projects in New Zealand and India,” he said.

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