I am excited to announce that the trailer has been made for my documentary project, “From the Eyes of Buddha,” and we are launching a fundraiser campaign on Kickstarter.com (visit the YouTube link currently) to raise the funds so we can followup with recipients of cornea transplants in their own homes to see them in their productive lives of farming, tending water buffalo, and continuing their education. The campaign end April 27, 2012 at 7 p.m. You can donate as little as $1 and there are sweet rewards for $10 or more!
I was initially interested in this project when I went to the Tilganga Eye Institute in 2006 and wrote an 80-page book on developing an eye banking system in developing countries. The Nepal Eye Bank managers were fabulous to work with, and they were great again when I showed up with a couple of video cameras in July 2011 to start filming. We followed the corneas that were extracted on the funeral pyres in the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu into a special solution and then into the recipients in surgery. One recipient was a perfectly healthy girl from the Indian border who became progressively blind during her youth. This happened from a genetic problem, and her education, ability to help her family, and marriage prospects (a major part of the Nepali culture) were finished…until she made her way to Kathmandu and the Tilganga Eye Institute. We filmed her second surgery, but now we need to return to see her new productive life at home, thanks to brave donor families and innovative Eye Bank personnel and skilled Nepali surgeons.
This is a story of changing and a story of hope. Join us in the campaign by supporting for as little as $10 or simply repost the campaign on your Facebook, Twitter account, or personal blog (the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjMUy6mmAUk&feature=plcp). Any exposure will help! Thanks for your interest.