In 1950, the California-Hawaii
Elks Association (CHEA)
created an organization within it to help children with disabilities.
This organization was titled the California-Hawaii
Elks Major Project, Inc. (CHEMPI).
The fundraising arm of CHEMPI is the Purple
This unique program funds 32 paid therapists and preschool vision
screeners, hired by CHEMPI, to help disabled children when no other
organizations can or will. These CHEMPI professional therapists and
preschool vision screeners travel, sometimes great distances, to help
children get care they need.
Further, many times the children will have tests, e.g. Vision Screening,
that catches early signs of amblyopia (“Lazy Eye”), a medical problem
that, once caught, can be corrected early on and save a child from going
blind, quite literally.