Saturday, 10 October 2009

TPRF Gives $25,000 To St.John Of Jerusalem Eye Hospital

The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) has given a grant of $25,000 to the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital (SJJEH) to provide eye care for 30,000 children in the East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza area - where blindness is ten times higher than in the West. It is the second grant that TPRF has made to the hospital.

Chairman John Talbot said, "Congenital eye disease and disfigurement are rife amongst the younger generation in the Holy Land, and our work ensures that many young people grow up with more opportunity to learn and become productive adults in an already difficult environment.”

SJJEH is the only charitable pediatric ophthalmic provider across the West Bank, Gaza strip, and East Jerusalem and expects to treat over 30,000 children this year. Open to people of all religions and ethnicities, SJJEH serves the area with two hospitals, two clinics and two mobile outreach clinics.

St. John Eye Hospital states its goal: “For our patients, lives can be transformed through treatment and surgical intervention. Children’s sight will be saved, and many more will simply be able to lead normal lives, going to school and able to function in the adult world. Our goal is to eliminate preventable blindness in the Palestinian Territories.”

Photos: St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital

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