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Elementary School Students to Launch 'Kids for Sight' Campaign, to Inspire Other Kids to Pay it Forward
Date:10/9/2007

Brother and Sister to Raise $260,000 for ORBIS Children's Eye Care Project

in India

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Nyan and Lehka Pendyala, ages 8 and 6, will launch a kid-inspired and kid-driven campaign on World Sight Day, Oct. 11th, to increase awareness of unnecessary childhood blindness. Their ultimate goal is to raise $260,000 for a specialized pediatric eye care unit and training center in India, a project underway by ORBIS International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. To make their target, the siblings are counting on other kids around the country to join their "Kids for Sight" campaign and come up with creative ways to help save the sight of children whose vision is threatened by treatable or preventable eye diseases.

"In Sanskirt, my name means 'eyes' and 'vision.' I want to help blind children see their family and friends," said Nyan Pendyala. After he decided to forego gifts for his eighth birthday and request that donations go to ORBIS, his sister, Lehka, also stepped in to help. Her name means "line" and "writing" in Sanskrit. She noted, "If you can't see, you're going to have a hard time learning to read and write."

Nyan and Lehka, both students at Hampton's Central Elementary School in Allison Park, Penn., a suburb of Pittsburgh, will officially kick-off their "Kids for Sight" campaign in their respective classrooms on World Sight Day, which falls this year on Thursday, October 11th.

World Sight Day is a day set aside by the World Health Organization and member organizations of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative that calls attention to the plight of 28 million people around the world who are needlessly blind. Of particular concern are the 1.4 million blind children, three-quarters of whom live in the poorest regions of Africa and Asia. The majority of the blind could have their vision restored, or blindness prevented altogether, if only
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