Eyes are an important part of the human body and they perform an important function of seeing and admiring the beautiful world. Having a perfect vision is a precious gift that should not be taken lightly therefore eye care is an important part of everyday living.
In the United States, about 62 million people do not have the means to pay for eye care services or purchase prescription glasses because they do not have insurance or cannot afford to pay for eye care. Ainak is there to provide financial assistance for you to obtain eye exam and eyeglasses.
According to CDC importance of eye exam and eye health: Improving your eyesight is important—about 11 million Americans over age 12 need vision correction—but it’s just one of the reasons to get your eyes examined. Regular eye exams are also an important part of finding eye diseases early and preserving your vision. Your eye doctor may even spot other conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, sometimes before your primary care doctor does.
Lack of good vision can keep a child from performing well in school resulting in a child not being socially active with friends and classmates, or an employee from giving their 100% to their job. For some, it can be a choice between buying food or purchasing glasses. Currently, this problem is escalating for people who are losing their jobs and benefits due to Covid-19. We connect people in need with Opticians or Optometrists to receive free eye exams and provide free prescription glasses.
AINAK was founded by Poonam Goyal in 2018. She was inspired to create AINAK when she realized how often old pairs of frames still in good condition get thrown after being used. She knows there was a need for eye care and prescription glasses for communities as education and employment is growing worldwide. For a student to do well in the class and an employee to be successful, the first step is to have the ability to see clearly.
Poonam Goyal – FounderAINAK was founded by Poonam Goyal in 2018. Poonam worked for the Banking Industry for over 30 years . She also served on the Board of the South Asian Real Estate Association. She has a graduate degree in Life Sciences from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. She was inspired to create AINAK when she realized how often old pairs of frames get thrown away after being used. There is a growing need for education worldwide, and the first step is to have the ability to see.
Anjalika Goyal – Secretary, Marketing, and DesignAnjalika is a Business Analyst at First Republic Bank in their Private Wealth Management sector, and an MBA Candidate at Santa Clara University. She received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts. There, she served as External Vice President for the Multicultural Greek Organization, chair member for the Pan Asian-American Council, and Webmaster and Secretary for Delta Phi Omega Inc. Delta Phi Omega Inc. is an all female South-Asian interest organization, focused on Children’s Literacy. In her spare time she serves on the Leadership Boards of her HOA and the neighborhood community.
Atisha Varshney – Outreach DirectorAtisha is an Associate Urban Planner at Wallace Roberts and Todd LLC (WRT). After getting a Bachelors in Architecture in New Delhi, India, she received a Master’s Degree in Landscape and Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Atisha co-founded Anchal project as graduate student, focusing empowerment and health for sex workers in India by giving then alternative methods of earning a living. Atisha is well-connected with the planning landscape in Silicon Valley and is actively involved with local chapters of APA, SPUR and ULI, where she serves on the Urban Catalyst team and Silicon Valley programs committee respectively.
Sunita Verma- Advisory BoardSunita Verma is a Research Assistant in the Atmospheric Science Group at NASA Moffet Field. She received her Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Lucknow, India. She is the Founder and Owner of Success Academy, and Bihar Samaj USA. She is also a Board Member and Member at Uttar Pradesh Mandal, Vishwa Hindu Jyoti and Shankara Eye Foundation, respectively.
Vidya Srinivas – Advisory BoardVidya is a Branch Manager at Comerica Bank. She received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sri Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic College in Bengaluru, India. In her spare time she also works with San Jose Homeless Shelter and Shankara Cancer Foundation.
Michelle Edwards – Advisory BoardMichelle has held several high level positions at several big banks and credit unions. During her tenure at these institutions she was responsible for developing and leading a profitable sales team. Michelle has experience working with charitable organizations. She has been a Board Member and Committee Chair for Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) in San Mateo County; Board Member for Foothill Bobby Sox and San Jose Strikkers Softball. She has been an active volunteer with Second Harvest, Habitat for Humanity and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Michelle is most proud of being a mother of two and grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren.
Miron Truong (Dung Truong) – Vietnamese Community LiaisonMiron works at Citibank as a banker. She has a BS in Business Psychology from Palo Alto University. She volunteers at the local Vietnamese Temple in San Jose. She is actively involved in the local Vietnamese Community. Miron is a proud mom of a 3 month old baby boy.
Meher Singh – Sikh Community LiaisonMeher Singh is a high school freshman in San Jose, California. She values Equality and Inclusion for all, regardless of color, gender, race, and social status. For this reason, she is thrilled to join AINAK! She believes everyone should be able to see and appreciate how beautiful the world is, through their own eyes with 20/20 vision. Meher also loves animals. She recently took in a stray cat that showed up at her house and tended to its every need, including vet visits, and now the cat is part of the family. During her middle school years, she was involved in a program called WEB (Where Everybody Belongs). This program made sure everyone in the school felt heard & safe. In the future, she aspires to work in the medical field.
Aditi – Youth AmbassadorAditi Gargeshwari is a freshman at Cupertino High School in Cupertino, California. She is a youth ambassador at Ainak because she loves giving back to the community as much as she can. She has created an online learning platform called The Coding Leaf where she offers free tutoring in math and coding for young elementary and middle school students. Aditi has a passion for math and computer science, and has been coding for over 5 years. She has won first place in two large coding competitions, one of which was a worldwide hackathon! In the future, she wants to pursue a degree in computer science engineering. In her free time, Aditi loves bullet journaling, listening to calm music, painting, reading thriller novels, and spending time with her friends. She is also very athletic and enjoys running, swimming, and biking.
Rahul – Youth AmbassadorRahul Konanur is a sophomore at a High School in Livermore, California. He is interested in Science, specifically Biotechnology and enjoys reading history. He enjoys traveling and wants to explore different places around the world, and experiment with cuisines of the world. In his spare time he likes to play golf and listens to music, Elivs Presley being his favorite. He has been part of his school orchestra playing violin. He volunteers at the Smithsonian Digital Libraries which is to transcribe old documents to make it more relevant and at the same time he gets to learn the secrets of history. He is passionate about helping people and giving back to the community and he is glad to be part of Ainak’s team. With his interest in Biotechnology and science field he hopes to find opportunities where he could help people with medical needs.
Raka Gupta: Marketing and Content DesignerAinak Logo is designed by Raka Gupta: Marketing and Content Designer in Silicon Valley. Raka loves to Design as it gives her an opportunity to solve problems creatively, communicate visually, and collaborate with people. She designs and develops websites and marketing content for digital and print mediums for various market segments. Raka is extremely passionate about working with non-profit organizations and giving back to the community.
- According to the World Health Organization Website
- Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness.
- At least 1 billion have a preventable vision impairment, such as those with moderate or severe distance vision impairment or blindness due to unaddressed refractive error, as well as near vision impairment caused by unaddressed presbyopia.
- Globally, the leading causes of vision impairment are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts.
- Many communities within the United States lack access to affordable vision care such as annual eye exams and prescription glasses. Therefore, it is vital for private and nonprofit organizations to fill the gap in providing the much needed services to the needy.
- Whether it is a school-aged child, an elderly person or an employee in an office, poor vision affects the performance and day-to-day life of all. Without clear vision, a person may feel socially insecure and become withdrawn.