One World Sight Project (OWSP) is an international fund-raising project to cure blindness around the world. In part because of our efforts and encouragement through the years, there is now a formal proposal within the World Health Organization (WHO) for a Global Initiative for the Elimination of World Blindness over the next twenty years.
Almost 20 years ago I was overwhelmed by the fact that there were over 20 million people in the world who were needlessly blind and more than 1 million cases of new blindness developing each year. I was also deeply saddened because the majority of these people could have been cured by a relatively simple operation that often takes less than 20 minutes and costs less than $50! Despite the best efforts of the world’s leading eye care organizations, it was apparent that matters were only getting worse.
It was at that time that I realized I could no longer just sit back and listen to the bad news. I felt that if I took action in the right direction that I might be able to make some kind of difference. At the very least, I would try. I was inspired to create the One World Sight Project by a song (One Spirit) that I wrote about the plight of the blind in 1988.