SEOUL, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday it plans to help 1,000 visually impaired Indians receive surgery by the end of this year, in line with its commitment to make contributions to the South Asian country.
The South Korean tech giant, which first tapped the Indian market some 20 years ago, said it has already helped 300 Indians receive eye surgery free of charge under cooperation with Sankara Eye Hospital last year.
Citing the data compiled by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, LG said there were 8.8 million visually impaired people in India. The total accounts for 20 percent of people around the world suffering from the disability.
The company said the project came as only 1 percent of such Indians received necessary help.
LG Electronics’ Indian office said it will continue to roll out various projects to support the handicapped in the country.
LG, meanwhile, also joined forces with India’s Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to hold the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, which aims to provide education and employment opportunities to teenagers with physical challenges.