The Tej Kohli Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to rebuilding people and communities around the world by developing scientific and technological solutions to seemingly intractable human problems. The Tej Kohli Foundation is also committed to making direct interventions that change lives by funding grassroots community programmes with a range of objectives.

Interventions by the Tej Kohli Foundation have restored the sight of tens of thousands of the world’s poorest people who were living with blindness. The Tej Kohli Foundation has also provided bionic arms to disabled teenagers, provided sustainable food sources to thousands of families and continues to fund scientific research and innovations.

October 2020 Coronavirus Update

Under the direction of Tej Kohli the Tej Kohli Foundation continues to redirect resources into the grassroots alleviating of the challenges that are arising within communities as a direct consequence of the Coronavirus. We are also simultaneously providing funding toward vaccine development to support global efforts to devise a sustainable long term solution. Recently BBC News reported on the ‘YouCube’ project of the Tej Kohli Foundation, which is alleviating COVID-related hunger in poorer London communities:

Tej Kohli Foundation Coronavirus Crisis Response

Our COVID-19 crisis response reflects the Tej Kohli Foundation approach of pursuing large scale scientific and technological solutions to major global health challenges, whilst also continuing to make direct and immediate interventions that change individual lives.

COVID-19 Vaccine Development

The Tej Kohli Foundation has provided funding toward a project led by Harvard Medical School scientists at Massachusetts Eye and Ear who are developing a vaccine that uses a harmless virus as a Trojan horse to deliver the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus into human cells to produce an immune response that could protect people from the disease.

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Holiday Hunger in the
United Kingdom

With young people stuck at home because of the lockdown, ‘holiday hunger’ has become more pervasive than ever before. The Tej Kohli Foundation has partnered with organisations including The Salvation Army and the Southall Community Alliance to provide sustainable funding to the local grassroots community movements that have emerged during the crisis. This funding will enable these movements to target their resources into eliminating holiday hunger within their local communities.

Watch the BBC News report about a Tej Kohli Foundation initiative to combat Holiday Hunger in the United Kingdom

UK Science Is Boosted By The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute

Building on its legacy for making direct treatment interventions to alleviate and cure poverty-driven corneal blindness in India, the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute has launched a new United Kingdom Centre of Innovation to provide grants to innovative UK technology, science and research projects that can help to alleviate blindness in poor communities and resolve the limitations of existing treatment that have created a substantial treatment gap in the poorer countries where 90% of visually impaired people live.

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Tej Kohli Foundation Seeks to Incubate New Projects That Can Eliminate Corneal Blindness By 2035

The Tej Kohli Foundation is establishing a new incubator to back scientific projects and commercial ventures that are targeting new solutions.

It forms part of our strategy to focus on new innovations borne from research, science, technology and enterprise for the prevention and cure of corneal blindness. Solutions must be affordable, scalable and accessible in the poorest countries in the world, where 90% of those affected by blindness and visual impairment live.

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Cornea Institute

The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute is an eminent institution for R&D, preventative medicine and corneal transplants. Between January 2016 and November 2019 it welcomed 223,404 outpatients and carried out 43,255 surgical procedures, largely for free. The Institute also delivers prevention, treatment and cures for corneal blindness within some of the world’s poorest communities in remote and rural areas.

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Cornea Program

The Tej Kohli Cornea Program at Mass. Eye & Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is a $2m programme to accelerate innovative and collaborative research to achieve unprecedented breakthroughs in corneal disease. The Tej Kohli Cornea Program includes cutting-edge molecular technology for the rapid diagnosis of corneal infection, and also GelCORE, an adhesive biomaterial for replacing corneal tissue.

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Applied Research

Supported by an advisory board that includes the most eminent ophthalmologists from around the world, the Tej Kohli Research Centre is engaged in the pursuit of an accessible, affordable and scalable solution for eliminating corneal blindness that does not rely on surgery or donated cornea, through the development of a proprietary synthetic biotech that could be relevant to one-third of those waiting for corneal transplants worldwide.

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Future Bionics

The Tej Kohli Future Bionics program highlights how technology can substantially improve the lives and confidence of younger people living with disabilities. The program epitomises the Tej Kohli Foundation’s focus on helping young people who are living with disability by making a direct and meaningful intervention into their lives using technology. The program funds the purchase and fitting of the bionic multi-grip myoelectric controlled prosthetic ‘Hero Arm’ for young people in the United Kingdom who are living with limb difference.

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Cornea Institute

The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute is an eminent institution for R&D, preventative medicine and corneal transplants. Since 2016 it has seen more than 180,000 outpatients and carried out more than 17,000 cornea replacement surgeries, largely for free. The Institute also delivers prevention, treatment and cures for corneal blindness within some of the world’s poorest communities in remote and rural areas.

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Food Support

If you represent a charity of community group that requires support in ensuring that you can continue to provide food to local people in a sustainable way, please contact our team directly and provide as much information as possible including your telephone number and address. We will endeavour to respond directly as quickly as possible, but we may also refer your enquiry directly to another organisation if we believe that they can better support you.

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Our History

The Tej Kohli Foundation was started in 2005 by Wendy and Tej Kohli to operate in areas blighted by extreme poverty and reach out to those who hoped for a brighter future. For many years the Foundation has supported projects at the heart of communities that have been neglected, especially when interventions help to combat a lack of education, poor health or prejudice.

Since 2013 the Tej Kohli Foundation has led and defined the global mission to end preventable corneal blindness by 2035. The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute at LV Prasad in Hyderabad is a leading institution for preventative medicine and corneal transplants. The Institute has given free transplants and cures to many thousands of the poorest people on the planet who were living with blindness or severe visual impairment.

Today the Tej Kohli Foundation is a multi-disciplinary global centre of focus for the scientific development and advancement of an affordable, scalable and accessible technological solution for preventing and eliminating avoidable corneal blindness worldwide by 2035.

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