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Sight Org

Giving sight and the gospel in Togo, Africa

aka Sight.org   |   Tyler, TX   |  sight.org

Mission

Sight.org exists to proclaim the gospel to the most unserved regions of Africa by combating blindness through surgery and prevention.

Ruling year info

2012

Founder, President

Lewis Swann

Main address

PO Box 8286

Tyler, TX 75711 USA

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Formerly known as

Believe and See

EIN

46-0643564

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Christian (X20)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sight Restoring Surgeries

Our team helps restore sight through cataract and pterygium surgeries, glaucoma treatments, and eyeglasses. Our top eye procedure is cataracts. We also teach eye-health educations to prevent blindness. We perform 60 eye surgeries a month in remote villages of Togo in our mobile eye clinic.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Farmers
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Eye diseases in West Africa are largely affected by malnutrition. At our agricultural training facility, we train farming students in modern farming techniques that create ten times the production of traditional farming. After training, the students return to their respective villages, resulting in a ripple effect that impacts the lives of hundreds.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

Thousands of people in Togo have never heard the name of Jesus. Our ministry team is able to connect with people through our eye surgeries, the Jesus Film, and audio Bibles. From these, church plants and discipleship groups are started.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to eradicate unnecessary blindness in plateau region of Togo through eye surgeries, eye health education, and teaching modern farming techniques. We also share the love of Christ with every person we serve.

We go into the rural areas of Togo where there is no eye care, doing 50 sight restoring surgeries a month. We also teach our patients and their friends and family eye health education to prevent further eye problems. We also teach modern farming techniques so that farmers can take those techniques back to their communities and provide better nutrition, which will help prevent eye disease. We share the love of Christ with every person we come in contact with.

We have a medical team that lives in Togo and takes our mobile eye clinic into rural areas each month. We also have a health education professional on our medical team. We also have a farm where we teach modern farming techniques. We also have a ministry director on our team that oversees all evangelism and ministry.

To date, we have performed 1229 eye surgeries while also teaching eye health education to each patient and their family members. We have also trained ten farmers in modern farming techniques in order to impact the health of their communities. We have also shared the love of Christ with 8.695 people in Togo.

We have a long way to go to even make a dent in the problem of unnecessary blindness in Togo. There are over 80,000 people in Togo blinded by preventable eye diseases. There are also 280,000 people in Togo who have never heard the gospel of Jesus and 2.5 million people in Togo who are malnourished. We hope to address these huge needs through our continued efforts.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Sight Org

Board of directors
as of 05/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Reed

Neshia Rudd

Today's Vision, Tyler

David Apperley

Steve Clark

Fiona Muhammed

Brian White

Mike Jacobsen

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/7/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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