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Having awarded more than US$1 billion in grant funding, LCIF has realized many accomplishments toward our mission of supporting Lions’ community and global service. We’re proud of these big numbers, but we’re more proud of how we've reached people in need and created real change. With help from Lions, donors and partners, we hope to continue to add much more to our record of humanitarian community achievements. Here are just a few ways in which the Foundation has impacted people in need all around the world:

Sight Achievements

  • Awarded 1,282 SightFirst grants in 116 countries for a total of more than US$340 million
  • Restored sight to 7.67 million people through cataract surgeries
  • Provided over 258 million treatments for river blindness
  • Built or expanded 615 eye hospitals/clinics/wards
  • Trained 664,000 eye care specialists
  • Conducted more than 24 million vision screenings for children through Sight for Kids
  • Launched the world's first-ever initiative to combat childhood blindness in partnership with the World Health Organization, establishing or strengthening 34 pediatric eye care centers 
  • Provided management training for 275 facilities
  • Raised more than US$200 million for Campaign SightFirst II, making it the greatest fundraising effort in LCIF’s history

Disaster Achievements

  • Awarded a total of more than US$100 million in disaster relief
  • Mobilized US$15 million following the South Asia tsunami, US$5 million for Hurricane Katrina projects in four states, US$3 million for the China earthquake, US$6 million for the Haiti earthquake and US$21 million for the Japan earthquake and tsunami

Youth Achievements

  • Engaged more than 13 million students in the youth development program Lions Quest
  • Trained more than 550,000 educators to implement Lions Quest in school and community settings
  • Implementing Lions Quest in 85 countries
  • Curriculum translated and adapted into 36 languages

Humanitarian Effort Achievements

  • Provided vision screening for more than 350,000 Special Olympics athletes from 85 countries through Opening Eyes
  • Provided vaccinations to 41 million people in Africa for the Lions-Measles Initiative pilot project
  • Constructed more than 1,000 Habitat for Humanity homes for people with disabilities


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