Our Work

Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. We currently have more than 100 programs in 20 African and Asian countries, as well as in the United States.

Program Areas

Saving Sight
Right now, there are 285 million people worldwide who are blind or suffering from vision loss. 80% of them don’t have to be.
Nourishing Families
Two billion people worldwide suffer from malnutrition. Each year an estimated 6.6 million children die before celebrating their fifth birthday, with about half of these deaths due to poor nutrition.
Protecting Health
There is a group of infectious diseases that many in the developed world rarely encounter or hear about. These neglected tropical diseases—often referred to as diseases of poverty—affect one in six people around the world, including 875 million children, and cause about 500,000 deaths each year.

Where We Work

Helen Keller International works with hundreds of partnersincluding private foundations, companies, and nongovernmental organizationsto help achieve maximum impact in...