About Us

The mission of Shared Vision is to provide preventive health care services and education to the poorest of the poor in the remote villages of Western Rajasthan in India. Western Rajasthan is one of the poorer areas of India and the people living in the rural countryside have many diseases and conditions that are largely preventable or treatable.

Why does the work of Shared Vision make a difference?

The foundation, set up in 2003, grew out of concern for the old and blind people of Western Rajasthan with visible evidence of poverty, malnutrition and associated diseases and conditions. We have found that one of the most fundamental life-influencing impairments – and one of the easiest to remedy – in this population is the gift of sight.

Stichting Shared Vision provides corrective eyeglasses or eye-surgery (or both) to men, women and children so their vision can be improved, and they can learn and work, or return to work. This improves their quality of life tremendously. The program is called The Mobile Refraction Clinic (MRC). The “seed money” to start the program was donated by Cordaid and Eye Care Worldwide in The Netherlands. Various international donors and volunteers kindly provide their time, relevant material donations (e.g. spectacle frames), and monetary resources for this non-profit organization.

Key Executives

Chairman of the board
Dr. Shiva Shivananda

Members of the board


Dr. Geert van Etten
Dr. Henk van Slooten
Mr. Gerard Beunk MSc
Dr. Jeremy D. Bangs
Mr. Nicolaas van Wijk

All the board members are professionals from various fields, such as public health, medicine, management consulting, notary and history. They receive no payments for their work on the Foundation projects. It is all volunteer work.


Stichting Shared Vision

President Kennedylaan 188
2343 GW Oegstgeest, The Netherlands

Telephone : +31 (0)71 – 517 13 72
E mail: shivananda (at) planet.nl

Shared Vision is registered in the Netherlands as a charity (Nr JJ/2003.007.4201). The Chamber of Commerce registration number is 28098420.