LCIF’s Vision for the World
Few organizations have the vision of LCIF. When Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs International in 1925 to lead the cause of preserving and restoring sight, few could have imagined just how far Lions would take it. Lions have committed more than $415 million toward the SightFirst program, including funds donated to Campaign SightFirst II, and more than 30 million people have improved or restored vision as a result. True to the spirit of Keller, Lions have brought vision to the world.
An LCIF grant of $641,280 continued the SightFirst program’s long-standing partnership with the Carter Center to eliminate trachoma in Ethiopia. A 13-year partnership between the SightFirst program and the Chinese government has made significant strides in eliminating the leading causes of blindness. Through the Pediatric Cataract Initiative, a collaboration with Bausch + Lomb, LCIF has awarded two $50,000 grants to strengthen and expand treatment for preventable childhood blindness in South Africa, Zambia, and Bangladesh. The efforts of Lions have opened eyes around the world.
“I saw my father for the first time, and I am very happy,” said Rangita, a 10-year-old from Nepal who underwent cataract surgery thanks to Lions and an LCIF grant. Sight isn’t just a gift, it’s a miracle.
Watch the video above to learn more about the SightFirst program in Madagascar. Donate to LCIF today to help bring the miracle of sight to the world.