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David Parker • • Calgary Herald Kashinath Bhoosnurmath, the new President and CEO of Operation Eyesight, speaks to a girl undergoing treatment for eye cancer at the Operation Eyesight Institute in Hyderabad, India. Postmedia network

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Calgary individuals and corporations have big hearts when it comes to donating their time and money to charity.

Most charities benefit fellow citizens, but Calgary is also the base for a number of international organizations that aim to help people in developing countries.

These include HOPEthiopia, orphans, widowed and abandoned elderly people in Ethiopia and Rwanda.

CAUSE Canada is helping the poor in Central America and West Africa meet basic health, education and livelihood needs while Sewing Seeds enables others to gain economic independence through sewing skills training in Sierra Leone, Ukraine, Peru and Mexico to get.

But the grandfather of them all is Operation Eyesight, founded by Art Jenkyns in 1963 as a partnership between generous Canadians and Indian ophthalmologists.

Today it is a highly respected international development organization committed to preventing blindness and restoring eyesight in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – a major player in the global eye health sector.

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A new President and CEO of Operation Eyesight has been appointed after an extensive search by Boyden for a list of 75 potential candidates. Kashinath (Kash) Bhoosnurmath took over this position this week as part of an intra-group transfer.

Bhoosnurmath, a man with more than 30 years of humanitarian and international development experience, joined Operation Eyesight in 2009 as Senior Director of India and led the development of the organization’s flagship hospital-based community eye health model, which has been instrumental in the growth and success of OE in recent years.

In 2018 he was named vice president of international development, implementation and advocacy programs, and worked closely with civil society, government and other agencies. He currently lives in Hyderabad, India. He has been heavily involved in active partnerships in 16 states across India that have screened more than a million people and provided cataract surgeries to more than 118,000 in the past year.

OE formed a partnership with the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad in 2002 and, thanks to a Canadian donor family, established the Operation Eyesight Institute for Eye Cancer on the group’s campus in that city.

During his visits to Calgary, I had the pleasure of sipping teapots with Bhoosnurmath at Lazy Loaf and Kettle on Parkdale Crescent across from OE headquarters and marveled at his stories of life changing help in areas where health is scarce or nursing unaffordable. He says that losing eyes can have devastating consequences for individuals, families, and entire communities.

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The Calgary staff work hard to raise funds by telling the stories, but Bhoosnurmath has the experience of being the boots on site as he has spent much of his time with the myriad of sufferers who seek help.

Firsthand knowledge of the communities where OE works will serve the organization well.

He says he’s incredibly excited and privileged to take on his new role. “I am proud of what we have achieved together and look forward to strengthening our existing programs and expanding our critical work to new countries. We will do this through programs that focus on child blindness, prioritize access for women and girls, and innovative use of technology to reach and treat those who live in remote communities, among other things.

Shaad Oosman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OE, said, “His leadership of our international programs has been an integral part of our growth and the impact we are making in the communities in which we operate.”

Bhoosnurmath and his wife will be moving to Calgary later this year – a real benefit to the organization.

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David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at info@davidparker.ca.

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