‘When Lucy Mathen founded Second Sight in 2000 she thought of it as a protest movement in response to the needless suffering of countless Indians whose eye diseases could be cured quickly and cheaply.
A well-known musician donated £5,000, her fellow-ophthalmologists in Britain and India donated their skills and time.
Eighteen years later more than 450,000 Indians have been freed from blindness. Lucy herself still does most of the heavy lifting- the tedious bureaucracy-blocked organizing for which conventional 'humanitarian' NGOs overpay their frequently careerist staffs.
At first glance ‘Outgrowing the Big’ may seem a distinctively 21st-century book, vividly illustrating the extent to which new communication technologies can enable good deeds. Yet its roots go deep, extending intercontinentally over a few millennia. Societies have always benefitted from the exercise of compassion in simple ways, achieving much for many through the exercise of imagination plus hard work.
I hope this truly outstanding book flies off the shelves!’
Dervla Murphy, writer
‘The book is a triumph. Portraits of remarkable people, all beautifully visualised with brilliant little vignettes of character. It is about friendship; trust; loyalty; shared values; the belief that at the heart of every meaningful act is a meaningful human relationship. Humanity is the super-power that has allowed the charity Second Sight to punch way above its weight in 18 years.’
Simon Barnes, writer and journalist
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The book is also available at :
No Alibis book store, 83 Botanic Ave, Belfast BT7 1JL - 028 9031 9601
Books Papers Scissors 15 Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5AF -028 9066 7815
Sri Vedmata Gayatri Pariwar UK 16 Rendell Rd, Leicester LE4 6LE - 0116 266 9902
Eye Department, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, c/o Ms Anamika Tandon Consultant Ophthalmologist Clarkson St, Sheffield S10 2TH
Second Sight 8 Battledean Road, London N5 1UZ - 0207 359 1315
Riverbank, Coleford, Crediton, EX17 5DB - 01363 777734