July 2010: Touching Souls International Providing Cataract Removal Surgeries, Journalism Fellowships and Youth Scholarships in Bangladesh

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Touching Souls International (http://www.touchingsoulsintl.org/), a non-profit organization announces that it will have a three day long eye camp beginning July 18th, 2010 in Tangail, Bangladesh, where more than 1000 patients will be screened for cataract problems, 300 patients will receive eye medication and around 60 patient will get free cataract removal surgery. On July 19th, fellowship awards for environmental journalists will be held in the Dhaka National Press Club and on July 20th, a scholarship award ceremony for 60 students of schools and orphanages in the Munshigonj district will be in the Club of Kushimpur, Munshigonj, Bangladesh.

Patients after cataract removal surgery

“Our free cataract removal surgery provides health, our fellowships for journalists supports safe environment and our scholarships provide assistance in education for the disadvantaged.

From July 18th to 20th, Touching Souls International, a non-profit organization, is providing free cataract removal surgery with lens implants for approximately 60 patients, will award 3 journalists with fellowships for their research work on the environment and 60 students of several schools and orphanages of the Munshigonj district with scholarship awards in Bangladesh.

On July 18th, it will be conducting a 3 day long eye camp in Boro Chouna Bazar, PS Sakhipur in Tangail, Bangladesh where more than 1000 people are expected to get their eyes screened for cataract problems. 300 patients will be given free eye medication and up to sixty patient will get free caract removal surgery with lens implants. The patients selected for surgery will be treated at the BNBS Mymensingh Eye Hospital at Touching Souls International's expense. Touching Souls International will also take care of the transportation costs for the patients. On June 6th and June 26th 2010, Touching Souls International had 2 other eye camps in two different districts of Bangladesh. The first one was in Maijkhapon, Nilgonj and the second one was in Bakhtiarpur, Kaligonj.

Touching Souls International will also give away fellowship awards for water forum journalists, to be held at the National Press Club in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 19th. Three journalists will receive their fellowship awards for their research work on the environment.

In addition, Touching Souls International will provide scholarships to 60 students from several schools and orphanages of the Munshigonj district in Bangladesh. The scholarship award ceremony will be held in the Club of Kushumpur, Munshigonj, Bangladesh on June 20th, 2010.

These events are part of the ongoing program that the non profit organization has been running for many years for the most deprived people of Bangladesh. Tahmina Sultan, President of Touching Souls International said, “ Our free cataract removal surgery provides health, our fellowships for journalists supports safe environment and our scholarships provide assistance in education for the disadvantaged" . She added that "Every program offered by Touching Souls International significantly improves the health, education and safe environment for disadvantaged people of Bangladesh."

Apart from these, Touching Souls International has been involved in several other social activities. It has been running an arsenic awareness program in the rural areas of the country. The contamination of arsenic in drinking water has become the greatest threat to the country. The organization is running awareness programs in rural areas, educating people on how to avoid avoid arsenic in drinking water. It has also been saving patients from the social stigma caused by arsenic contamination and educating them on how to remove arsenic from their drinking water. They are providing a treatment plan for patients with arsenic poisoning.

Touching Souls International has also helped people with free reconstructive surgery for children and adults with cleft-lip or cleft-palate complications. In the last 9 years it has administered 36 cleft-lip camps, each one providing free cleft-lip surgeries for 15 to 70 disadvantaged patients. Since 2005, it has provided 521 free cataract removal surgeries with lens implant. In 2009, it also provided artificial limbs for 10 patients, and began the initiative to train doctors in palliative care.

To learn more about the charity programs being carried out by Touching Souls International, please visit http://www.touchingsoulsintl.org

About Touching Souls International: Touching Souls International (TSI) is a New York based international non-profit organization providing charity in health,education and safe environment for the economically disadvantaged. TSI provides free cataract removal surgery, cleft lip surgery, artificial limb surgery, train doctors in palliative care, child health care, scholarships, self reliant programs, run schools, provide arsenic in drinking water awareness program, fellowship for water forum journalists, feeds the hungry and provides homes for the homeless.

Contact:
Tahmina Sultan
1-917-388-6641
tahminasultan(at)touchingsoulsintl(dot)org

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