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Opportunities — and risks — are greatest during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.
HKI gives mothers essential knowledge about nutrition during this critical period of development so that they and their children can thrive throughout their lives. Through enhanced health systems and supporting with disease prevention and farming, these mothers become empowered advocates for themselves and their children. With the resources they need to build resilience and equity, these women — and their families — are fulfilling their potential.

  • “HKI helped me understand the right approach 
    to producing healthful vegetables…which means I  
    can improve my child’s nutrition and my own.”
    — Sharada, model farmer, Nepal
  • “Children don’t receive what they have the 
    right to receive. That’s what really drives me.”
    — David Doledec, HKI program manager
  • "This training is a revolution. From now on 
    I'll teach other women in my community."
    — Dólica, community lead mother, Mozambique

How will you help?

$50 can provide therapeutic foods and critical care for five children suffering from acute malnutrition. $130 can fund cataract surgeries for two elders, enabling them to see their grandkids for the first time. $240 can provide six people with surgery to prevent blindness from trachoma. $480 can provide vitamin A supplements to protect the sight and lives of 320 children for a year. $700 can provide skills and tools to two women, enabling each to create a small farm, grow nutritious foods and generate income. $1,000 can provide an entire classroom of U.S. schoolchildren with free vision screenings and prescription eyeglasses.
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Fulfill potential

Security for women farmers

Women around the world are leading the charge against chronic malnutrition. With help from HKI, they are planting the seeds of the future — producing more nutritious foods for their families and healthier starts for their children. But these women don't keep this knowledge to themselves. They are sharing it so that others can be lifted up, too. 

Fulfill potential

Healthy moms, nourished kids

Nearly half of all deaths among children under the age of five are linked to malnutrition. HKI is educating mothers about the essential actions they can take — such as hand-washing, breastfeeding and eating nutrient-rich foods — to keep their children growing, fend off disabling illness and sustain their families.

Fulfill potential

Local support, global reach

HKI works to build long-term resilience and increased access to resources and education for local communities, doctors and health workers. Paired with our cross-cutting, far-reaching research and partnerships, we bring effective solutions to scale so that, together, we can save more lives. 


  • What are Helen’s Gifts?

    Simple and straightforward, Helen’s Gifts represent the various programs and tools that are a part of HKI’s broad range of work. Our mission is to help vulnerable people living in poverty around the world who suffer needlessly from preventable blindness and low vision, disabling diseases and malnutrition.

    Our three gift themes also express the profound legacy of our co-founder, Helen Keller. You can share your gift by sending unlimited e-cards that honor and inspire others to See Possibilities, Overcome Obstacles or Fulfill Potential.

  • How does it work?

    Choose a gift theme, make your donation, select an e-card design, and personalize with your message. Send your e-card to as many friends and loved ones as you’d like.

  • How will my gift be used?

    Your gift will help to support the full range of Helen Keller International’s work in 21 countries, including the U.S. It will be used where it is most needed, enabling HKI to deliver services with rigor, efficiency and compassion. Find out more about our fiscal responsibility and how we ensure that your donation goes where it's needed most to make the greatest impact.

  • Is my donation tax-deductible?

    Yes. All gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable by law. Your receipt will be provided upon completion of your donation and you will also receive a gift acknowledgment by mail.

  • Why should I give to HKI?

    Helen Keller co-founded HKI in 1915 with the firm belief that every human life has equal value. More than a century later, HKI is still at work furthering Helen’s extraordinary legacy with landmark efforts that save vision and transform lives around the globe.

    Nearly 85 cents of every dollar we spend goes directly to our programs. HKI has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating—4 Stars—for the past five consecutive years. HKI is a Charity Watch Top-Rated Charity. And, HKI was recently named a Top Charity by GiveWell.

Of every dollar we spend, 84.8 cents goes directly to help save the sight and lives of vulnerable children and their families.

84.8% of our expenses are devoted to the prevention of blindness and malnutrition

“HKI...gets more bang for the buck than almost any group I can think of.”
— Nicholas Kristof

Charity Navigator Four Star Charity Charity Watchdog Top Rated