Bihar, in Eastern India, is one of the worst areas of the country for blindness, and is the most impoverished state in the country.
Many children suffer from a severe Vitamin A deficiency, leaving them extremely vulnerable to blindness. To combat the problem, almost two decades ago Second Sight was founded – a registered charity established by an ophthalmologist and supported by eye surgeons with experience and knowledge of working in India.
When the club heard that Rowena Seth-Smith, long-standing Middlesex member and wife of former Executive Board Member Alvan, was volunteering for the charity and wanted us to lend our support on her trip to Bihar, we were more than happy to help.
Keen to support the Indian youngsters’ passion for cricket, Rowena travelled over to Bihar late in 2019, with a special package containing Middlesex junior cricket kit.
Concerned that the youngsters she would be visiting in Bihar would be vulnerable to blindness, malnourished, and without the energy to play cricket, Rowena’s fears were soon laid to rest, as the young cricket lovers donned their new Middlesex kit and played the game they love.
The club is delighted to have played a small part in helping Second Sight continue to change and improve the lives of youngsters in Bihar. To learn more about Second Sight please click HERE
Pictured below are some of the young cricket lovers in Bihar, enjoying a game in their new Middlesex training kit.