In 1977, the Rajan Memorial Eye Hospital was founded by the Trust in memory of Rajan, the 18-year-old son of Dr. B.K. Nayyar, who was chairman of the Trust. Rajan had recently died of leukemia. Through both the hospital and an outreach program, this eye care program serves the desperately poor in the agricultural area of Punjab.
Operation Eyesight’s donors contributed to the construction of the hospital, and provided funds for several mobile eye units, equipment and instruments. After a flood damaged the institution in 1985, we approached the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) for funds to help restore the hospital. A $100,000 grant from the CCIC’s Relief and Rehabilitation Fund was used to replace damaged equipment, rebuild the in-patient ward and relocate the operating theatre to the second floor.