There is a relatively high incidence of cataracts in Sri Lanka, especially among the rural poor. Over the years, thousands of rural people have benefited from eye camps organized and implemented by the Rotary Club of Kandy, with support from The Rotary Foundation, overseas Rotary Clubs and other donors. As of 20017/18 the Club has concentrated on providing cataract surgery for poor villagers who would not be able to afford the cost of the operations and who risk losing their sight. The surgery is carried out at the Club’s expense or with donor funding
Rotary International is an organization of service clubs located all over the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, colour, creed, gender, or political preference. There are more than 32,000 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide. The members of Rotary Clubs are known as Rotarians. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals.
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