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Who We Are

See the Lord (STL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The organization is based on Catholic principles that seeks to serve the underserved around the world by providing healthcare, Catholic ministry, and education.

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STL vounteer pointing to eye chart


STL is dedicated to making God more visible in this world:

  • Physically - through providing vision and health care

  • Spiritually - through spreading of the faith as it has been passed down to us

  • Intellectually - through teaching and assisting people with life skills


"And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'" - Mt 25:40

It is our duty to use the gifts we’ve been blessed with to engage in the works of mercy. “The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities.” (CCC 2447) “If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?” - James 2:16 -17

STL volunteer giving eye exam to nun
STL Founder, Kelly Kao OD, teaching volunteers how to give an eye exam to another volunteer.


STL was founded in 2011 by Dr. Kelly Kao. Dr. Kao was inspired through her experience on mission trips to underserved areas in different countries. Kelly created STL as a platform to more easily bring together the needs of the underprivileged in the world and the talents to serve them. STL seeks to provide healthcare, general life skills education and catechesis or the teachings of the Catholic faith to everyone.


We stand by:

  • Faith - Belief in the teachings of the Catholic Church with reverence in God’s presence in all

  • Service - Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve

  • Compassion - Love one another like yourself

  • Professionalism - Excellence in quality of service, communication, and building of community

  • Integrity - Commitment to the values of the organization

STL volunteers giving eye exam an elderly man with a cross hanging on the wall in the background.

Annual Reports

Each year, we update our donors, sponsors, and volunteers so that they know where their generous donations and hard work go to. Take a look at what we were able to accomplish!

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