• Project Prakash Concert
    The Project Prakash
    Benefit Concert
    The Project Prakash Foundation in partnership with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra invites you to an evening of classical music at Jordan Hall on October 7. Proceeds from the concert will benefit eye care screenings and surgeries for children with low vision and curable blindness in India.

    Get Tickets
  • With Dalai Lama
    Dalai Lama Meets
    with Project Prakash
    His Holiness invited Project Prakash co-founder Dr. Pawan Sinha to give a talk on the work of providing vision to children with curable blindness.
  • Project Prakash Science Feature
    Science magazine
    features Project Prakash
    Science magazine features Project Prakash and its life-transforming work in childhood blindness. Read Article
  • 'Prakash' in Sanskrit
    means LIGHT
    Our goal is to bring light into the lives of curably blind children and, in so doing, illuminate some of the most fundamental questions about how the brain learns to see.
  • Girls Appeal
    The Girls Appeal
    Give to Girls in India
    The money for the Girls Appeal specifically aids blind girls in the villages where Project Prakash works. Over 90% of blind girls in India live below the poverty line. You can help change that.
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    Mission

    Mission


    The Humanitarian Mission

    India is home to the world’s largest population of blind children, with estimates ranging from approximately 200,000 to 700,000. However, much of this blindness can be avoided or treated! Project Prakash conducts screening camps in villages across north-central India to identify children with treatable eye problems, and also provides sight treatment free of cost. Read More


    Neuroscience

    The scientific objective of Project Prakash is to understand the prospects and process of visual recovery after a lifetime of blindness. From a basic science perspective, these studies provide unique windows into the brain’s fundamental mechanisms of learning and plasticity. The scientific team follows-up with patients to assess how their vision develops after treatment. Read More

    Read our publications.

    Impact

    42,000 children
    screened
    467 surgically
    treated
    1,400 non-surgically treated

    * Statistics as of 2014



    Junaid

    Junaid

    One of the first patients treated through Project Prakash, Junaid has shown incredible improvements in his visual abilities. Eight years after his treatment, Junaid has shown a strong motivation to receive education, and has now passed his 8th standard exam with help of volunteer tutors.

    Farana Busra

    Farana and Busra

    Farana and Busra are two sisters who were found through an outreach camp organized by Project Prakash. Profoundly blind and clinging to their father before treatment, they now are much more confident, can walk around the hospital on their own, and are not afraid to share their beautiful smiles. Their father now talks of their future marriage prospects - something quite unthinkable a few years ago.

    Reshma

    Reshma

    Look at that amazing smile! Reshma comes from a large family living in difficult circumstances. She has 6 siblings, her mother is blind, and her father passed away when she was 9 years old. Yet, since her treatment, Reshma hopes to get an education and to get a job to help support her family.


    UnrulyArt

    Sinha Lab Hosts UnrulyArt Event at Boston Elementary School

    UnrulyArt

    This is the one, real rule of UnrulyArt: There really aren’t any.

    And that’s the point.

    Project Prakash recently hosted a successful UnrulyArt event at the Mattahunt Elementary School in Boston. Sixty children participated, ranging in age from 3-11 years. Janet Walden, Mattahunt Director of Special Education Support, worked with Project Prakash to design activities adapted for young children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays.

    Read More

    Road Ahead

    Prakash Center

    Project Prakash Center

    To maximize the impact of Project Prakash on children’s lives and science, an important goal in the coming years is to create the Prakash Center for Children, a campus that will integrate the core missions of the project in one location. The center will provide:

    1. Treatment to curably blind children,
    2. Rehabilitation and education to treated children, and
    3. Facilities for scientific research.
    Read More

    Team

    Supporters

    • James S. McDonnell Foundation
    • Nick Simons Foundation
    • National Eye Institute (NIH)
    • John Merck Foundation
    • Rotary International
    • Envision at Rutgers University
      (recipients of the Be Vital Challenge Award from Johnson and Johnson Services, Inc.)

    News

    Featured Media

    Publications

    Get Involved

    Volunteering

    Project Prakash is always looking for bright and energetic people who want to have lasting impact on the life of a child. If you are passionate, persistent and ready to change the world, we want to hear from you.

    We are particularly interested in volunteers with experience in grant writing, event planning and communications.

    Contact us at info@projectprakash.org.


    Have a story to tell?

    Project Prakash welcomes those who are adept with media and visual arts, such as documentary film, photography, writing and editing and social media. Given the nature Project Prakash is launching a special program for Communications Fellow. This non-stipendary position is intended to communicators who enjoy great storytelling either through print, radio, film or images.

    In exchange for your full or part-time service to Project Prakash, we offer mentoring with a trained journalist, valuable professional experience, a supportive and enthusiastic group of professionals with whom to share your work, affiliation with a respected nonprofit and institutional support for fellowship and grants.

    Application deadline: Rolling. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and sample of your work to Executive Director Sheila B. Lalwani at sheila.lalwani@projectprakash.org.


    Work With Us

    Project Prakash is currently hiring for our India staff in Delhi.

    This full-time position of Operations Coordinator provides essential outreach as well as scientific and medical support to further the mission of Project Prakash. The position is located in India and pays local wages. Applicants should have a strong background in nonprofit management and social work. For more information, click here.


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    You'll Remember This Family

    Blog Photo

    When Project Prakash ventured into the villages of northern India, we found Guddi Devi. A slight woman who walks barefoot around her village, she lives with her five children and husband in a hut. They have no cooking stove, flies cover their food, and the roof has holes in it. Their prized possession is a cow that provides them with milk.

    Guddi Devi was born with congenital cataracts that were never treated. She married as a little girl. A year after she married, she started to bear children. Not one, but five of her six children have congenital cataracts as well. On her husband's salary as a day laborer, they cannot afford three meals a day, much less medical care. Villages noted their disability and largely ostracized them. Some believe they are cursed.

    We do not. While Guddi Devi's blindness cannot be reversed, her children can be can still be rescued.

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