Himalayan Cataract Project
The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high quality ophthalmic care, education and the establishment of a world-class eye care infrastructure. The roots of the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) are based in the Himalayas, a vast region defined by the world’s highest mountains that run through Afghanistan, Bhutan, China/Tibet, India, Nepal and Pakistan. In these mountains exists a high prevalence of cataract blindness — the highest reported rates found in the world.
In 2005, I joined a group of The North Face athletes, and assisted the Tilgonga Eye Center in two remote eye camps in the villages of Jiri and Phaplu, Nepal. Between the two eye camps almost 500 patients were seen. I have also continued to donate my photography to the HCP for fundraising and marketing.