The Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation is an organisation that is on a mission to cure cataract blindness in the developing world. Curing blindness in remote and isolated communities can significantly contribute to the reduction of poverty.
Parasa, mother of Reshma (13) and Kunti (7) had began to notice that her two daughters vision was deteriorating. Both daughters complained that they were unable to see. She began to notice both daughters eyes turning white.
This has started to occur not long after Parasa lost her husband to an unknown disease. Following this, she went on to lose the land where she grew food due a flood. At the point where we met Parasa she had around $1.35 to her name and was unable to provide for her suffering children. She wished to have her daughters seen by a medical professional which she knew would never be a possibility.
Both Reshma and Kunti were suffering from cataracts. As a result of this of the cataracts, without treatment both girls would eventually become completely blind. Luckily for them, a Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation team found the family and assessed their eyes. Following this, they were invited to an outreach camp where the daughters would be operated on to restore their vision.
The camp they needed to reach was over a ten mile drive away from their secluded village. Thanks to the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation, both sisters got to the camp safely.
With both girls awaiting their surgery, their mother appeared visibly nervous. The sisters procedure was performed by Dr Panta, who the next day, was seen removing the bandages from the girls.
Stunned and ecstatic, both Reshma and Kunti were able to see. They smiled together and thanked the team whilst clinging to their mother with joy.