We have supported this amazing organisation over several decades. The extraordinary work that the Devdaya Trust carry out is concentrated in Wankaner in Gujerat, India. This includes the building, running and maintenance of school projects and the building of the The N.E Doshi Eye Hospital and the Waymade School of Ophthalmic Study. Treatment at the hospital is provided for adult patients on weekdays, and children on Saturdays and is free to those who are unable to pay.
Additionally, there are regular eye camps generally scheduled at certain times of the year. The number of children treated has increased over the years. In 2020 1,600 children were treated in outpatient clinics and an additional 253 had major eye surgery. The camp is supported by ophthalmic surgeons and other health care professionals from around the world including India, the US and the UK. The service provided by international professionals is voluntary. Along with the medical care, the Trust also provide post-operative care, food and medicine for its patients. Our most recent donation will provide for an eye camp, which is planned to run in January 2021, although due to COVID-19, maybe delayed.
The Devdaya Trust has also built or refurbished 15 schools in the last couple of decades; The Shanta Foundation has contributed funds for some of these projects; the most recent contribution is for the purchase of 22 computers for some of these schools.