Sankara Eye Foundation USA
Shri Rama Dasu Puli has been associated with Sankara Eye Foundation USA as a volunteer since 2007.
“I saw first hand the suffering of a blind person. It gave me a lifelong connection to the cause of eradicating blindness,” said Rama Dasu.
As a young child, Rama Dasu, witnessed a horrific farm accident which left his uncle blind in both eyes. He was then eight or nine years old. The incident affected him deeply. In 2006, Rama Dasu heard a radio advertisement featuring Sankara Eye Foundation USA.
“It struck me then that I had finally found the organization which was aligned with my personal cause. That was the turning point for me.” After that, there was no looking back. Rama Dasu devoted himself to raising funds for eye surgeries performed by SEF.
The first major fundraising event that Rama Dasu helped organize was the hugely successful Shreya Ghoshal concert in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, he participated in hosting information booths, the annual SEF dandia event, and a host of other fundraiser events.
“I am proud of my association with Sankara Eye Foundation, and I really believe that the hospitals provide excellent quality vision care to people. I visited the Sankara Eye Foundation's Guntur hospital, and over the years, several of my family members, including my father, have availed of their services,” he says. In the future, Rama Dasu hopes to involve more students and youth in Sankara Eye Foundation's volunteer programs.
“We could take our volunteer programs to the public libraries, which would spread awareness about Sankara Eye Foundation and engage the youth at libraries. We could create programs for college students interested in the health field and offer internships. Keeping the next generation involved is the way forward,” he says.