Srinagar: Save The Eyes Foundation, an organisation founded in 2016, has been involved in helping pellet victims to acquire treatment and medical facilities.
The help provided by the organisation includes arranging costs of surgeries for pellet victims with complete or partial blindness caused by pellet injuries.
Kashmir Uprising 2016 left thousands of youth fully or partially blinded due to the use of pellet guns by the security forces to contain anti-India protests that erupted after Burhan Wani’s killing.
The victims did not only lose their eye-sight but they were also left disappointed by the people they would mostly rely on – their friends, neighbours and relatives. They were alienated, abandoned and forsaken. This drastically affected them and they started losing courage and hope to live.
With the aim to help the victims to regain the lost hope so as to live their lives courageously, Save The Eyes Foundation was founded by Peer Viqar Ul Aslam, a Srinagar based journalist.
Viqar, who is also the chairman of Save The Eyes Foundation says, “Our focus is on providing proper medical treatment to the victims and also to help them financially as most of the victims are from humble backgrounds.”
“We have met victims who had to stop their treatment as they could not bear the cost of the treatment. It was disheartening and prompted us to take the initiative,” he adds.
The organisation recently organised its first ever international fund raising event in Malaysia with the help of students from Sultan Yussuf Secondary High School, Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia for the pellet victims.
“I urge the people to donate generously for this cause because we ensure, through this organisation, that the money reaches the deserving victims,” says Viqar.
People, who want to donate for this cause, can deposit their donations in J&K Bank Account Number 0524010100000691. Those people who have access to internet banking can transfer their donation with IFSC Code: JAKA0NATIPR. For donations from countries other than India, Swift Code: JAKAINBBSRI should also be noted.