FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Preventing Visual Impairment

Posted on 20 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Funding, Health, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Carson Harte, of the Cambodian Trust, recently circulated the following email message(s). Note that the application deadline for this funding opportunity is April 30, every year, though there is a different theme each year. If you are reading this after April 30, 2008, then the theme for 2009 will be something different.

Dear Colleagues

I attach a string of emails below regarding the Arab Gulf Fund for UN Development prize fund (AGFUND)

In 2002, we (Cambodia Trust) were recipients of one of the prizes, hence we are asked, each year to give an opinion on who should be nominated.

As you will see, this year, AGFUND have decided to concentrate on those individuals and organizations who are working in the area of prevention of visual impairment.

Since I have no expertise in this area, and many of you have, I have asked permission from AGFUND to forward the email to those of you who work in this area.

They are seeking nominations in three categories: International organizations, Non Government Organizations and Individuals.

Please feel free to nominate direct to the website or the mail on the header below, as you see fit.

The prize is not insubstantial, when my employer received the prize it was in the second category and the prize was $100,000. I am not sure what it is this year. [Note from We Can Do: from looking at the AGFUND website, it seems that the prize is $150,000 for UN, international, and regional organizations; $100,000 for projects implemented by NGOs; and $50,000 for projects founded, sponsored, or implemented by individuals.]

Further info is on the website

Best wishes

—— Forwarded Message
From: Ali Tahir
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 09:02:03 +0300
To: “Carson Harte. The Cambodia Trust”
Conversation: AGFUND Prize
Subject: RE: AGFUND Prize

Dear Mr. Carson Harte,
Thank you for your e-mail.
Please note that it will be a pleasure if you forward it to your colleagues worldwide.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Best regards
Ali Eltahir Elabbas
AGFUND International Prize
Communications Dept.
Tel: 00966 1 4418888 ext. 251
Fax: 00966 14412962/3
E-mail: >
Dept. E-mail:
PLS visit :

On 17/2/08 08:19, “Ali Tahir” wrote:
Mr. Carson Harte,
International Director,
The Cambodia Trust

Dear Mr. Harte,
Further to the announcement of the subject of AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Development Projects 2008 on “Prevention of visual impairment”, I take pleasure in requesting your kind cooperation in nominating experts as you may see fit for the evaluation of the projects nominated for the Prize in the fields detailed hereunder:
– First Category: (The international organizations’ role in supporting the developing countries’ national policies and programs to control the main causing diseases of visual impairment), for projects implemented by UN, international or regional organizations.
– Second Category: (NGOs efforts in the prevention of visual impairment and rehabilitation of the blind people), for projects implemented by national NGOs.
– Third Category: (Individual-led initiatives to develop the blind’s capabilities and invest their skills), for projects initiated, sponsored and/or implemented by individuals.

I look forward to receiving the available contact information of the expert/s you may nominate.

With my best regards,

Yours sincerely,
Nasser Al-Kahtani,
Executive Director

Inquiries about this prize can be directed to

Further information about this annual funding opportunity and the themes chosen for past years is available at

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Dear, Sir / Madam

Greetings from Leo Trust, Tamilnadu. SOUTH INDIA

Learning and Educating Organization – LEO Trust is a nongovernmental organization, believes that Learning and Educating the people will bring the desired social change in the community. LEO frames and designs logistic based felt needs of the target community and heed to it. The target groups are given priority in planning the projects and kept right through the implementation and given enough importance in the decision-makings. We achieve high rate of success in our projects due to his basic concept we adopt right from the origin. Our target groups are the poorest of the poor, coming from the remote villages and they deserve all possible support for their empowerment. I understand you support for NGOs working for the development of the poor and request you to send your funding guidelines with the prescribed application to help us apply with you for the development of the poor, rural community, Tribal community at our care. We have our e-mail ID and you can transmit your details through mail:

Thanking you,
Sincerely yours,

R. Karuppasamy,
Managing Trustee.

Dear Sirs/Madam

It’s our pleasure to introduce ourselves as one of the blind service organization name as “GLOBAL BLIND TRUST” giving services for the blind’s survival, their health, educate their childrens and for their rehabilitation. We make many medical camps all over Tamilnadu India. We are well organized and doing this services for the past 20 years.

Now we are planning to establish and extend our services all over India. In this regard
We expect your kind heart to donate what ever you can and also help us by introducing few individual donators or donating organizations whom you know.

We will be much grateful for your support and will send you the receipt for any of your donations and will pray for your kindness and for your good health and for all success in your life.

To know more about us you can view our website

We expect your kind response with your kind positive support.

Thanking you
Sincerely yours

Managing Trustee
Global Blind Trust
49A-1, New Pandian Street,
Tiruchirappall- 620 020,
Tamil Nadu, India.

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