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Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sightsavers India)

Sightsavers India, or Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, is a development organisation working with partners to reduce avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities.

Sightsavers India is collaborating with various departments of the respective state governments to scale up operations for Social Inclusion, Eye Health, and Inclusive Education — our three core areas of work.

We work in a sustainable way to promote lasting change by strengthening existing health systems, seeking to advocate with and influence governments, and by demonstrating best practices.

Sightsavers India believes in promoting technologies in eye healthcare, enabling a wider reach of health services. Using innovation in education, we try and make classrooms more inclusive for children with visual impairment.

Organisation Representative

Endorsers that Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sightsavers India) partner with

India

Educate Girls

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

Educate Girls

Established in 2007, Educate Girls (EG) aims to achieve behavioral, social and economic transformation for all girls in India’s gender gap and educationally backward. EG mobilizes public, private, and community resources to provide quality education to a large number of beneficiaries at an extremely low cost and avoids duplication or parallel delivery of services.

EG has metamorphosed from a 500-school pilot in 2007 into a 21,000+ schools program spread across 12,500+ villages. Since inception, EG has enrolled over 200,000 girls and over 650,000 children have demonstrated improved learning outcomes. Presently, EGs operations cover 14 districts across Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

EGs’ codified program model and robust technology enabled monitoring and evaluation has time and again proven the effectiveness of the organization’s intervention. In 2015, EG with UBS Optimus Foundation and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, launched the world’s 1st Development Impact Bond (DIB) in the education sector. The DIB is currently operational in 166 schools across Bhilwara district of Rajasthan, India and impacts 15,000 direct beneficiaries.

Combined with EGs’ longstanding experience of working in primary education (Grades 1-8), EG is extending its intervention into secondary education (Grades 9-10). Starting 2017, EG is piloting community and in-school interventions for secondary school students for 2 years (2017-19) with over 4,500 beneficiaries in 111 villages of Ajmer district of Rajasthan

On-going/Past projects

Comprehensive Disability Inclusion Programme

By Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sightsavers India)

Sightsavers India’s project promotes inclusive education, tackles socioeconomic challenges for individuals with disabilities, and enhances social inclusion through a three-pillar framework.

Education, Employability, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation