If we had one word to describe Seva it would be transformation. Working with our global neighbors, our supporters, and our partners, we are transforming individual lives, communities, and healthcare systems in some of the world's most underserved regions.
Nearly 40 years ago, our founders asked how they could be of service, and this question still drives us forward today. In doing well by others, our lives are transformed too. As we reflect back on a year where over one and a half million people had their lives transformed through vital eye care services, we are humbled and thankful for your support. There is, however, much work to be done. A recent study in the Lancet Global Health projects a three-fold increase in global blindness by 2050. Reversing this trend will require exponential growth in our global partners' capacity to provide eye care and sustainable healthcare services. Through our nearly 40 years of creating sustainable partnerships and programs, we are prepared to lead the required transformation.
Thanks to the tremendous generosity of a single donor, Seva Foundation received a bequest of over $25 million in 2017 to serve as our springboard in this effort to scale up our services. But we can't realize this transformational vision without ongoing support from people like you. It takes a village to plant the seeds of change and also to tend the garden; by working together, we can create a world that is free from avoidable blindness.
We have a proven model for treating vision loss and impairment. Let's transform lives by making it accessible to all.
The financial information as of and for the year ended June 30, 2017 has been derived from Seva Foundation's 2017 financial statements audited by DZH Phillips LLP independent auditors. The condensed financial information should be read in conjunction with the 2017 audited financial statements and related notes. Contact Seva Foundation's office for copies of the complete audited financial statements.