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Who We Are

Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

Helen Keller International is a global health organization dedicated to eliminating preventable vision loss, malnutrition, and diseases of poverty.

Co-founded by Helen Keller—and guided by her fierce optimism and belief in human potential—the organization delivers life changing health solutions to vulnerable families in places where the need is great but access to care is limited.

In Africa, Asia, Europe, and the U.S., Helen Keller’s proven, science-based programs empower people to create opportunities in their own lives and build lasting change.

Our Vision

A world without barriers to sight, health, and human potential.

Our Values

Our core values guide everything we do.


Dedication to best practice, accountability, continuous learning, and application of evidence-based approaches within and across all aspects of our programs and operations.


A commitment to put our best foot forward every day and to steward the resources entrusted to us with honestly, fairness, transparency, and professionalism at all times. Consistency between our words and actions.


Determination to overcome obstacles just as our co-founder did. A willingness to articulate problems and find and implement solutions to them positively, creatively, and with ambition and resolve.


Demonstrated empathy for our program participants, partners, donors, and colleagues. Mutual respect and a deliberate focus on inclusiveness, responsiveness, and collaboration.