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Biharis in US' California raise USD 15,000 for eye care project in Bihar

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The Indian community from living in America's have raised USD 15,000 for a health project aimed at providing needy people in their home state free eye care treatments, including operations.

The was held during the annual gala of Foundation of USA (BFOUSA) wherein community celebrated the 'Divas' in

"Our objective is to raise funds towards eradication of blindness in Bihar," said.

The foundation has started collaborating with various eye care hospitals in Bihar to sponsor free eye surgery for the poor and needy.

"This is commendable," said in a message to the foundation, which celebrated its annual gala on June 9.

The central theme of this year's function was branding, bonding, and business development among North American Bihari community and people of Bihar.

has signed its first memorandum of understanding with Sri Sai Lions Netralaya in Dr Jayant Kumar, of BFOUSA, said that in 2018 their target is free 2,000 cataract surgeries to the needy, followed by 5,000 in 2019.

The foundation has taken eye care as its top priority because of an estimated 4.3 million visually-impaired population in Bihar with more than 650,000 blind people, said Shyam Chaudhary, its

Bihar's and V K Chaudhary also sent in their message for the event.

Santosh Jha, Deputy of the in Washington DC, described them as "best ambassadors" of the state.

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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 00:45 IST