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Friends For Cause Foundation
Please remember we are updating and changing the site and latest update was made on 10 Oct 2022.
In 2011, a young man lost his life in a helicopter crash and his family started giving hope to common people by funding Eyesight Surgeries in rural India through Gift Of Sight & Gift Of Vision Projects. It was to spread the message of hope and compassion. Later in 2013, a group of extended family and friends started supporting the cause, and the Friends For Cause Foundation was formed by Yogesh Kumar Bhatia to implement the Gift Of Sight projects in rural India so as to cover more cities. Today this not-for-profit group from Vancouver does charity work on a belief that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. And a large number of people from the Indian Community support this cause.
Lt. Col. Nitin Bhatia, Yogesh”s younger brother died in an Army Aviation helicopter crash.
The work started to honor Nitin’s memory, the young soldier’s memory has become massive and Yogesh has decided to dedicate the rest of his life to helping those less privileged than him.
Many of his NRI friends living in Vancouver and Houston have joined Yogesh in this venture.
To date (July 2022), free cataract eye surgeries have been provided to 5000+ people. 30,000+ free eyeglasses have been distributed. More than 100000 people have been checked in rural eyesight camps.
Every year, Yogesh and his team change the lives of thousands of people in rural India.
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.