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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. 

According to international experts, 80 percent of all visual impairment can be avoided. SightFirst is the foundation's program which aims to sustainably and systematically combat preventable blindness and visual impairment around the world. Through SightFirst, LCIF funds projects that build comprehensive eye care systems to fight the major causes of blindness/visual impairment and care for blind and visually impaired persons. The program supports high quality, sustainable projects that deliver eye care services, train personnel, develop infrastructure and/or provide rehabilitation and education in underserved communities. In summary, SightFirst has invested US$336.23 million in 1,266 projects in 116 countries, resulting in:

Sight Achievements

  • Restored sight to 9.1 million people through cataract surgeries
  • Built or expanded 1,520 eye hospitals/clinics/wards and related facilities
  • Trained more than 1.57 million ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses, community health workers and other related personnel 
  • Launched the world's first-ever initiative to combat childhood blindness in partnership with the World Health Organization, establishing or strengthening 54 pediatric eye care centers around the world, 153 million children were served
  • Provided management training for 276 facilities

SightFirst investments have also been critical in helping the governments of Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico eliminate onchocerciasis transmission as well as significantly reduce the impact of the disease in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mali and Uganda.

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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