Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

So Others May See Inc

aka SOMS

New York, NY

Mission

With our partners, we sustainably deliver quality, affordable eye care to all who need it -- we provide free mobile clinics, eyeglasses, and cataract lenses to the very poor who cannot afford to cost of eye aids; we provide discounted eyeglasses to low-income individuals unable to afford retail prices of eye aids.

Ruling Year

2011

Program Director

Mr. Chamara Ekanayaka

Main Address

112 W. 34th Street 18th Floor

New York, NY 10120 USA

Keywords

Vision impairment; eyeglasses, cataract lenses, eye aids; eye exams; public health programs; quality, affordable eye care for all;

EIN

27-4468239

 Number

6548455742

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Sri Lanka School Children Vision Care Programs

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2015
1) Conduct school children vision care programs to cover at least a quarter million school children. To date, 1,070,000 school children covered.
2) Provide at least 10,000 pairs of free, new, custom-fit eyeglasses to working adults, senior citizens, and children who cannot afford to purchase necessary eye aids. To date, over 35,000 patients assisted with custom-fit eyeglasses.
3) Maintain high program quality level -- less than 2% defect/error rate in eyeglasses provided.

1) Partner with government, private sector, other nonprofit organizations to make use of existing infrastructure to maintain operational efficiency in program implementation.
2) Collaborate and integrate eye care programs and clinics into existing health care infrastructure for longer-term sustainability and community involvement and ownership.

1) Accomplished board and staff with business, nonprofit, management, and entrepreneurial experience and skills.
2) Strong vendor relationships for quality, low-cost sourcing of eyeglasses.
3) Innovative, efficient and cost-effective delivery model.

1) Number of eyeglasses provided per year.
2) Number of school children covered per year.
3) Program quality defect/error percentage per year.

To date, SOMS has screened 880,000 school children for vision impairment and provided any necessary follow up. SOMS has also assisted 24,000 adults with eye exams and custom-fit eyeglasses.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
SOMS does not discriminate in race, religion, gender, age or any other demographics in terms of who it serves, partners with, or selects as vendors and consultants.