Why we support ORBIS
Please close your eyes for 30 seconds and imagine being a blind child...
My name is Nyan Pendyala and I am 9 years old. Nyan, in Sanskrit, means eyes and vision. I want to help blind children see their family and friends, and the ORBIS plane is doing such a great job. After seeing my "celebrate your birthday with charity," my sister, Lehka, who is 7, asked to help. Lehka's name means line and writing in Sanskrit, and she knows that if you can't see, you're going to have a hard time learning to read and write. We want to raise enough money to build an eye hospital for children in India.
This is Nyan's father, Krishna Pendyala. Ever since Nyan was 4, he has taken a strong interest in helping ORBIS raise money so that no child should ever be prevented from seeing his or her friends, parents or family. He and his sister have made it a family project to raise enough money to build a pediatric eye care center and training facility in India.
When we were on the subway in New York visiting ORBIS, Nyan said, "Papa, did you know that every time our train stops, a child goes blind in India?" In fact, every four minutes a child goes blind in India. Of the world's blind people, India shoulders one-fifth of that burden. The center my children are trying to fund will train doctors from rural areas to provide better care for children in the villages.
In 2006, for his birthday, Nyan asked his friends to donate to ORBIS rather than bring presents to his party. He collected $145.
We then visited ORBIS and learned about their plan to build 50 pediatric eye care centers in India by 2012. On World Sight Day, October 11, 2007, Nyan and Lehka officially launched their "Kids for Sight" campaign, with the support of their teachers, to educate children about taking care of their eyes and asking them to join them in helping save the sight of other children.
For their birthdays, Nyan and Lehka again collected and contributed $530 to ORBIS. Nyan and Lehka have such a good time talking about their project and giving to this great cause. They are truly experienc- ing the joy of giving.
Nyan says, "No matter who you give to, it will only make the world a better place."