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Last year, the Armenian EyeCare Project began a cornea transplant program, asking donors to sponsor the surgery for those in Armenia who needed it. Here are the stories of three Armenians who recently received cornea transplants because of your support.


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year, we will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we write about our partnership with USAID, which has made it possible for us to offer eye care to the most vulnerable in Armenia.


To reduce vision impairment and blindness from diabetic eye disease in Armenia, the World Diabetes Foundation has awarded the Armenian EyeCare Project a $200,000 grant for a three-year diabetes program.


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year, we will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we share the story of our Mobile Eye Hospital, a state-of-the-art surgical suite on wheels that travels throughout Armenia to provide eye care.


The Armenian EyeCare Project has been named a Four-Star Charity — the highest rating possible — by Charity Navigator, the largest charity watchdog agency in the U.S.!


This summer, the Armenian EyeCare Project will embark on a special Mission trip to Armenia in celebration of our 25th Anniversary and we want you to join us for this unforgettable trip!


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year, we will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we tell the tale of our first AECP fellows — four physicians in Armenia who were selected to study ophthalmology abroad and return to Armenia to open subspecialty clinics.


Last year, the Armenian EyeCare Project began a cornea transplant program, asking donors to sponsor the surgery for those in Armenia who needed it. Below are the stories of three Armenians who received cornea transplants because of your support.


As the Armenian EyeCare Project enters its 25th year of providing quality eye care to Armenia, we’re pleased to announce our three new board members who will help facilitate our success for many years to come.


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year the Armenian EyeCare Project will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we share the story of how the Project came to be.


Ten-year-old Azniv Basralian wanted to do something special for those less fortunate this Christmas season and she asked her Sunday School class to join her.


After training for several years, Dr. Tadevos Hovhannisyan performed his first vitreo-retinal surgery in Armenia last summer without any on-site assistance.


If you’ve been to our AECP Store, you’ve probably noticed our custom-designed notecards and Christmas cards. But do you know how our beautiful AECP cards came to be?


Festivities for the celebration of our 25th Anniversary have begun! In the last few weeks, the Armenian EyeCare Project has hosted two dinners for our friends and donors.


On October 13, 2016, we celebrated World Sight Day in Armenia — an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.


We’re pleased to announce the launch of our 25th Anniversary and look forward to celebrating the milestone with our friends and supporters!


We are “Kicking Off” our third Regional Eye Clinic — in Kapan, Syunik — with a crowdfunding campaign! Our goal is to raise $10,000 so we can purchase 11 much-needed pieces of equipment for the clinic.


A few months ago, we shared with you the critical need for cornea transplants among many patients in Armenia. More than 100 Armenians were in need of a transplant to save their sight, but most could not afford the cost. We reached out and asked for your help. As always, you — our wonderful friends and supporters — responded.


Last fall, Zhora, a 16-year-old boy from the village of Tsovinar, began to experience eye problems. He had blurred vision and, at times, the pain was so severe it became a struggle for him to open his eyes.


Born premature, baby Marina was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in both of her eyes. She would need laser surgery immediately to avoid a lifetime of blindness.


An undergraduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Nairi Rostomian recounts her experience joining the Armenian EyeCare Project as a medical observer during our 52nd Medical Mission to Armenia this summer.


Perhaps the most exciting achievement from our most recent Medical Mission to Armenia was the grand opening of our second Regional Eye Clinic in Armenia — and the first-ever eye clinic in the Lori province — the John and Hasmik Mgrdichian AECP Regional Eye Clinic in Spitak, Lori.


A third-year medical student at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, Anna Ter-Zakarian recounts her experience joining the Armenian EyeCare Project as a medical observer during our 52nd Medical Mission to Armenia this summer.


After an action-packed 10 days in Armenia, we’ve completed our most recent Medical Mission to the country — marking our 52nd trip to the motherland since the Armenian EyeCare Project was founded in 1992.


In Armenia, more than 100 people are waiting for a corneal transplant. Most are blind or nearly blind because they don’t have the money — $800 — for surgery.


A dear friend of the Armenian EyeCare Project, Dr. Wong works closely with the AECP to train and mentor Armenian physicians. During his last trip to Armenia in March, Dr. Wong’s itinerary was packed with sight-saving screenings and surgeries.


This year, the Armenian EyeCare Project and Ucom will work together to coordinate free eye exams for more than 12,000 Armenians throughout Armenia.


We’ve got exciting news: The AECP is growing its team and we’re thrilled to announce Rostom Sarkissian as our new Director of Development!


​For four years, Lilit’s vision had been getting increasingly worse. Two months ago, she was diagnosed with advanced keratoconus in both eyes. The only way to save her sight was a cornea transplant, but like so many others, Lilit’s family could not afford the cost for surgery.


A third-year medical student at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, Anna Ter-Zakarian recounts her experience participating in the Armenian EyeCare Project’s Medical Observership program in December 2015.