The Tej Kohli Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to rebuilding people and communities around the world by developing scientific and technological solutions to seemingly intractable human problems. The Tej Kohli Foundation is also committed to making direct interventions that change lives by funding grassroots community programmes with a range of objectives.
Interventions by the Tej Kohli Foundation have restored the sight of tens of thousands of the world’s poorest people who were living with blindness. The Tej Kohli Foundation has also provided bionic arms to disabled teenagers, provided sustainable food sources to thousands of families and continues to fund scientific research and innovations.
In 2021 Tej Kohli re-cast his objective to build a lasting legacy of social and economic change through transformative large-scale interventions by launching the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation*. This sister organisation to the Tej Kohli Foundation is making huge strides to combat needless poverty-derived blindness in the developing world by screening 1,000,000 and curing 300,00 to 500,00 people of needless cataracts by 2030. You can read more about the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation at its hubs on the Evening Standard and CityAM.
* The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is a restricted fund operating under the auspices of Prism The Gift Fund, registered UK charity number 109682.
The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has a mission to screen 1,000,000 and to cure at least 300,000 patients of cataract blindness by 2026. The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation unites two of the world’s biggest names in the fight to cure blindness in poor and underserved communities: Mr. Tej Kohli and ‘God of Sight’ Dr. Sanduk Ruit.
Between 2015 and 2019 the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute (India) welcomed 223,404 outpatients and carried out 43,255 free surgical procedures to alleviate and cure corneal blindness in the world’s poorest communities. In the United Kingdom, the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute (UK) awards grants to innovative science and research projects that can bridge the treatment gap in the poorer countries where 90% of visually impaired people live.
The Tej Kohli Cornea Program at Mass. Eye & Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is a $2m program to accelerate innovative and collaborative research to achieve unprecedented breakthroughs in corneal disease. The Tej Kohli Cornea Program includes cutting-edge molecular technology for the rapid diagnosis of corneal infection, and also GelCORE, an adhesive biomaterial for replacing corneal tissue.
The Tej Kohli Future Bionics program highlights how technology can substantially improve the lives and confidence of younger people living with disabilities. The program epitomises the Tej Kohli Foundation’s focus on helping young people who are living with disabilities by making direct and meaningful interventions in their lives using technology. The program funds the purchase and fitting of the bionic multi-grip myoelectric controlled prosthetic ‘Hero Arm’ for young people in the United Kingdom who are living with limb differences.
Proudly Supporting Younger People
Projects of the Tej Kohli Foundation have transformed thousands of lives all over the world. We are particularly proud of the impact that we have on children and younger people.
In South America, our Funda Kohli canteens have fed hundreds of children before and after school every day since 2005.
In the United Kingdom, we are proud to have provided limb-different children with state-of-the-art bionic limbs since 2019.
In India, we have cured hundreds of children of blindness and visual impairment caused by corneal deficiencies since 2015.
Across the world, we are treating children with congenital cataracts.
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- Shri Mani: A story of success after sight is restored
- Curing cataracts in Nepal’s most isolated areas
- Productivity after sight-loss
- Making the invisible, visible
- Driven to suicide by blindness: How a woman finds a second chance at sight and life