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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

they had access to appropriate eye care and timely medical interventions.

Though the campaign has not officially launched, Nyan and Lehka have already raised over $10,000 by sharing information and collecting donations online at their "Kids for Sight" webpage: http://www.orbis.org/KidsForSight.

Inspired by the Pendyala siblings, Luke and Emma Dias, ages 9 and 5, from Madison, Wis. are making coasters in support of the "Kids for Sight" campaign and selling them from a make-shift driveway stand. Watching the Dias kids, neighbor Jacob Thomack, age 5, jumped in to help. To date, the Madison team has contributed $152 to the campaign with their sight set on donating more.

"The concept in the movie 'Pay it Forward' is happening before our very eyes," said Nyan and Lehka's father, Krishna Pendyala. "Once people got to know what they were doing, they started giving generously or began their own projects to help ORBIS save sight, even without Nyan and Lehka asking!"

The kids have selected an ORBIS pediatric eye care project in India as the beneficiary of their fundraising efforts. India, where the Pendyala family is from originally, is home to almost a fifth of the world's blind children and suffers from a severe lack of eye care professionals trained to treat children.

ORBIS will use the $260,000 contribution to support the Pediatric Ophthalmology Learning and Training Center at Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital in Chennai, where work is underway to train medical professionals in the early identification and treatment of pediatric eye diseases and to organize outreach camps in rural areas to screen children for low vision and other visual disorders. The funds will also help further research studies in the field of eye care and rehabilitation, especially as it relates to children, as well as support public awareness initiatives on the prevention of childhood blindness.

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