Bowtie and Scarf Monday

Tie One On for the Cause

This Week's Cause: Helen Keller International

Founded in 1915 by Helen Keller and George Kessler, Helen Keller International (HKI), one of the world’s premier international not-for-profit organizations, is dedicated to saving the sight of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.


HKI currently has more than 180 programs that reach 300 million people in 21 African and Asian countries, as well as the United States. Right now, there are 285 million people who are blind or suffering from vision loss. HKI works to prevent blindness and vision loss by providing better access to basic eye care services: cataract surgery, vision correction, vitamin A supplementation, screening and treatment for diabetic retinopathy, and distribution of treatments and cures for neglected tropical diseases.


Contributions can be made in the office of the Vice President for Student Services (110).

Program Areas

Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. HKI combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.


Helping People See

-ChildSight

-Preventing blindness from diabetes

-Cataract surgery

-Programs for children with special needs


Improving Nutrition

-Helping families grow better food

-Improving maternal and child nutrition

-Treating malnourished children


Eliminating Diseases of Poverty

-Trachoma

-River Blindness

-Intestinal worms

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