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Karnataka politician pledge eyes supporting Claretian project

India houses one-third of the world’s 39 million blind population.


Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka Dr. G. Parameshwarahas pledged his eyes to be donated after death, supporting an eye donation movement started by Claretian priests in India.

“I have pledged my eyes. When I die, my eyes will not go to the soil. It will give sight to two blind persons,” Parameshwara said while opening Project Vision Eye Care Campus on June 23, at Kasapura area of Tumkur district some 100 kilometers from Bangalore.

Visually challenged child prodigy Fathima Anshi joined the minister in the program.

The minister expressed the hope that more people will come forward to donate their eyes with Project Vision, an initiative of the Claretians to reduce the number of blind people in the country.

Parameswar also opened the Project Vision Eye Care Clinic in the campus established to provide eye care services for the rural poor. He also flagged off the Ambulance for the Project Vision outreach program.

The Ambulance Project Vision aims to provide eye care facilities for the villages in Korategere, Madugiri and Gauribidanur Taluks in Karnataka.

Father Jacob Arackal, Provincial of the Claretian Fathers, led the blessing of the building.

Claretian Father George Kannanthanam started the Project Vision in 2013 to help blind people gain eyesight if that can be achieved through cornea transplantation.

The eye donation movement led by Project Vision in Bangalore has so far motivated about 500,000 persons to pledge to donate their corneas after death. Some 300 persons also have seen light through a corneal transplant.

India houses one-third of the world’s 39 million blind population. Only 30,000 persons out of the nine million people who died last year, donated their eyes.

Father Kannanthanam said that if all the Christians in the country came forward to donate their eyes, the Christian community can provide sight to all the blind who can get a sight.

Various religious congregations, dioceses and Christian organizations like the Vincent De Paul society has adopted eye donation as part of their work, he said.


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