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Friends For Cause Foundation (FFCF, Canada)
Please remember we are updating and changing the site and latest update was made on 10 Oct 2022.
The Friends for the Cause group is composed of individuals who have been involved in charity work for years and share a common goal of doing good. They have taken on the noble task of reducing the prevalence of blindness in India and globally through their eye surgeries project.
The work was started in 2011 & FFCF group was formed in 2013.
In 2011, tragedy struck when a young man lost his life in a helicopter crash. But from that loss, hope was born. This Young man’s old mother came up with an idea and his family began funding Eyesight Surgeries in rural India through Gift Of Sight & Gift Of Vision Projects, spreading a message of compassion and love.
Later, a group of extended family and friends came together to support the cause, and Friends For Cause Foundation was born in 2013.
Led by Yogesh Kumar Bhatia, this not-for-profit organization from Vancouver is committed to making a difference in the world, one action at a time. The Indian community has rallied behind this cause, demonstrating the power of collective action.
Yogesh’s younger brother, Lt. Col. Nitin Bhatia, lost his life in an Army Aviation helicopter crash. In his memory, Yogesh and his mother along with other family members have dedicated themselves to helping those less privileged than him. Yogesh has inspired many of his NRI friends living in Vancouver, Toronto Austin, Seattle and Houston to join him on this journey.
Through their efforts, more than 7000+ people have received free cataract eye surgeries, over 35,000 free eyeglasses have been distributed, and more than 125,000 people have been checked in rural eyesight camps. Every year, Yogesh and his team change the lives of thousands of people in rural India.
Gift Of Sight Projects in rural part of India have become very famous and is bringing a mass movement for getting free Catatarct eye surgeries for underprivileged classes. What’s remarkable is that this work is entirely voluntary. And does not receive any monetary or support from GOI or Canadian Goveronment. The work is totally funded by NRI community. The organization pays for surgery, eyesight glasses, and minimal overheads to professionals. Yogesh even puts his own funds into the project and pays for his own tickets to India. And he doesn’t take any personal benefit or honorarium from the FFCF. Accounts, details, and expenditures are open to scrutiny for anyone.
As Yogesh himself has said, “It’s not about what we can do for ourselves, but what we can do for others. It’s not about our own comfort, but about the comfort of those less fortunate. We can all make a difference in the world, one action at a time.”
This is totally voluntary work and the organization only pays for surgery, eyesight glasses, and minimal overheads to professionals. Yogesh puts his own funds too into the project, pays for his own tickets to India, and does not take any kind of personal benefit or honorarium from the FFCF. Accounts, details, and expenditures are open to scrutiny for anyone.
We Implement in India
Gift Of Sight
(Giving Free Cataract Surgeries in Urban Slums and Rural India)
A project to provide free Pheco-Cataract Surgery to old widows, street people, and people with challenging financial situations. We select them and then fund their cataract Surgery in Hospitals. These are life-changing experiences Now we are getting ready for the Year 2020 project and it was our 10th year doing this project.
We are Updating this site July 7 2022. .
Gift Of Vision
Testing EyeSight and Giving free Glasses
an extensive program with the goal of giving 20,000 slums school children access to vision screenings and distributing free glasses to those in need and further treatment if required. We are starting this year with this extensive program.
Click Here to see a detailed project report on Gift a Vision in a .pdf format.
Gift Of Skill
(Providing urban slums women and young girls, skills of livelihood)
Details coming soon, site being updated.
Gift Of Support
(Financial and life support during the crisis)
Details coming soon.