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Dr. Morris Hartstein performing eye exams on people in ethiopia

We Bring Life-Changing Eyecare to Thousands of Ethiopians

Your support makes it possible. 


Mobile eyecare patients treated


Sight-restoring cataract surgeries


Ethiopian eye doctors trained in Israel


Pairs of eyeglasses distributed


Units of medications distributed


Operation Ethiopia is a proudly Jewish and Israeli organization whose mission is to bring high-quality eyecare directly to every Ethiopian in need—to Jews and non-Jews alike. We bring life-changing eyecare directly to people in Ethiopia. We meet Ethiopia’s most destitute right where they are with our mobile eyecare clinics, eye surgeries, by empowering Ethiopian ophthalmologists with hands-on subspecialty training, and providing first-aid instruction to villagers.

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It all started with a family trip...

We're Dr. Morris Hartstein and Elisa Minsk Hartstein. In 2014, our four teenagers asked us to take them on a volunteer trip to Ethiopia. We were struck by the immense poverty we encountered—malnourishment, lack of clean water or basic hygiene, and limited (if any) access to healthcare. 

One person asked Morris, an ophthalmologist, to check a child's eye, and before we knew it, hundreds were lining up asking for help. 

We knew right away we had to keep going back to provide this necessary, life-changing care. And with that, Operation Ethiopia was born. 

elisa and morris hartstein in ethiopia
dr. morris hartstein doing an eye exam on an ethiopian patient

Professor Morris Hartstein MD, FACS, is the Founding Director of Operation Ethiopia. He trained at Harvard University and Tufts University and is the Director of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Shamir Medical Center in Zrifin, Israel and a Clinical Associate Professor at Tel Aviv University Medical School. ​

Our Work

bearded man doing eye exam on an ethiopian woman in a headscarf

Mobile Eyecare Clinics

We bring our eyecare clinics directly to Ethiopian villages, providing routine eye exams, glasses on the spot, medications, and referrals and care plans for surgeries as needed.

With our large team of volunteers, we've been able to treat thousands of Ethiopians who otherwise would have no access to this basic medical care. 

What We Stand For


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