St. John Eye Hospital of Jerusalem has received a major boost when it gets a contribution of $20,000. The money was contributed by the Prem Rawat Foundation. The only charitable provider of eye care in Gaza, St. John is open to all patients, regardless of race, religion or ability to pay.
It is now estimated that over 80% of the population of Gaza is dependent on humanitarian assistance. According to a March 2008 report(a) by a consortium of humanitarian agencies including Amnesty International, Oxfam and Save the Children UK, 70% of households in Gaza subsist on $1.20 a day, almost half the $2.30 that denotes "deep" poverty. Despite these conditions, the St. John clinic has managed not only to remain in operation, but to treat over 17,000 people in 2007, which is 3,600 more than in 2006.
The St. John primary and secondary care clinic in Gaza runs five days a week, offering surgery four days a week. When eye disease requires treatment that the clinic cannot provide, St. John coordinates the successful transfer of patients to its hospital in Jerusalem–a difficult feat in the volatile region.
About St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital
St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, established in 1882 for charitable works in Jerusalem, has become the main center for expert eye care service in the region at the Main Hospital in East Jerusalem and satellite clinics in Gaza and the West Bank. St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital's fundraising appeal for 2008 will support the Gaza Clinic, which has been operating since 1992. https://www.stjohneyehospital.org/
About The Prem Rawat Foundation
The Prem Rawat Foundation was created in 2001 by Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, and has a dual mission of bringing his message of peace to people around the world and providing essential humanitarian aid to those in need. TPRF partners with other humanitarian organizations to bring food, water and rapid disaster relief where it is most needed. To learn more about TPRF's humanitarian initiatives, Prem Rawat and his message of peace, please visit https://tprf.org/pressrel/20081113-Gaza.htm.