This is a story about a woman named Parasa Thapa and her two daughters who were blessed with the benevolence of the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation.
In Nepal’s remote hills of Bajhang, a single mother continued with the struggles of her life and two daughters, Reshma, 12 years old, and Kunti, seven years old. The battle was not only to survive but to give the children a good life and find a cure to stop the blindness that was aggravating gradually.
The challenge was not only to find a cure but also not to believe the locals who said that the increasing blindness of the children’s eyes was a cause of the curse. The same curse caused the death of Parasa’s husband, who was migrant labour in India.
Parasa was waiting for some miracle to cure her children’s blindness. She believed it was not a curse, but she also knew the girls needed treatment because they would become utterly blind if left untreated. The children struggled to see the words written on the blackboard at school and had difficulty reading small letters.
But all of these were about to change in 2021. A miracle was to happen in the form of the TejKholi & Ruit Foundation. Parasa heard about the microsurgical outreach camp organized by Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation as part of their mission to cure between 300,000 and 500,000 cataract blindness with the additional goal of reducing childhood congenital cataracts by 25 per cent in Nepal.
Parasa went to the camp with her children, and it was confirmed that Kunti and Reshma were suffering from congenital cataracts and could be cured. However, their cataract conditions were complicated for both the girls to be operated on at the camp. Therefore, Parasa was advised to take her children to Dhangari for surgery. The children were part of the region’s 352 surgeries conducted by the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation. Since the distance from Parasa’s village to the Dhangari was 10 kilometres, a car was sent to her, which would take her and the children to Geta Eye Hospital in Whangarei.
Surgery was performed on the children; three days later, doctors removed their eye patches, and the result was positive. Both the girls were able to see and are now living a life that they deserve.
While this is only one instance of the work that the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is doing, there are many such cases. The foundation has been working tirelessly to cure unnecessary blindness and reduce poverty, while Tej Kohli is investing in technology that can uplift the human condition across the world.