We’re #1. As the global leader in humanitarian service, Lions Clubs International Foundation helps Lions members serve their community and the world community. Named the number one non-governmental organization in the world with which to partner, LCIF is the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International. We Provide Hope. Grants fund large-scale Lions humanitarian projects for sight, youth, disability, health and disaster. In fiscal year 2008-2009, LCIF awarded US$28.24 million for 453 projects. We Deliver Humanitarian Programs. Since LCIF began in 1968, it has awarded 9,550 grants totaling US$680 million. Your Contribution Matters. In fiscal year 2008-2009, LCIF received US$33.4 million in donations.* Thank you for your support! MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON Our 40th anniversary was a year of great achievement. Lions Clubs International Foundation continues to provide hope to millions of people in the world. The Foundation continues to be the #1 non-governmental organization (NGO) worldwide for partnerships, according to The Financial Times study. The Foundation also recently received the highest rating from independent evaluator Charity Navigator. I was proud to personally witness many great accomplishments this year, including mothers learning how to protect their infants against HIV/AIDS at our Lions clinic in Nairobi, Kenya and dedicating newly built homes in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Following years of hardship and loss from the devastating tsunami, these families once again have a place to call home. Over the next year, the Lions Quest program will mark its 25th anniversary with a number of celebratory events and special projects. I hope you’ll join me in these planned celebratory events. After reviewing all LCIF has achieved, I know you’ll share my pride in what we have accomplished together. Your contributions continue to help us serve millions more. Youth Lions Clubs International Foundation has been dedicated to supporting youth since its establishment more than 40 years ago. From supporting Lions Quest, LCIF’s positive youth development program, to grants that fund school expansions, pediatric equipment upgrades, street children’s homes, camps and playgrounds for the disabled, the Foundation has an unwavering commitment to youth. Partnerships Advance Youth Development A number of organizations work alongside LCIF to support youth initiatives, including Special Olympics, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Organization of American States. Continuing to foster relationships with organizations with like-minded missions of positive youth development increases the humanitarian support LCIF can provide. Lions Quest Lions Quest, a life-skills program for children from kindergarten to 12th grade, teaches youth how to make responsible decisions, communicate effectively and avoid drugs. More than 11 million youth in 50 countries have taken part in a Lions Quest classroom, and 350,000 educators and other adults have been trained to implement the program. First Year in Russia Great Success In April 2008, LCIF began working with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to fund Lions Quest implementation in Russia. More than 275 teachers were trained during the first year to implement the program at schools in the Moscow area. Lions Quest continues to expand throughout Russia, as local Lions develop opportunities to grow the program. Program Gains Support in Mexico During 2008-2009, the Lions Quest program gained significant momentum in Mexico. Twelve workshops were held, training 360 teachers to implement the program for the first time. Lions Quest is expanding into other districts throughout Mexico and the program is gaining support from state governments in a number of regions. Lions Quest Selected for Comprehensive Approach Lions Quest was recently selected by the Clear Water School District in Texas for its comprehensive approach to youth development, which is a growing trend among educators seeking to provide youth with skills beyond academic proficiency. The program replaces D.A.R.E, a U. S. drug-prevention education program. Lions Quest – Looking Forward Lions are working with schools and communities to introduce and expand the program. Lions Quest curricula updates and online trainings and lessons offer educators new resources. The program strives to add expand worldwide to add 10 new countries in coming years. As Lions Quest looks forward, extraordinary opportunities lie ahead. sight SightFirst Provides Vision for All Through the Foundation’s SightFirst Program, Lions are preventing blindness on a global scale. Lions have restored sight to 7.6 million people through cataract surgeries, prevented serious vision loss for 30 million people and improved eye care services for hundreds of millions. SightFirst has been effective and efficient; on average, every US$6 in donations results in one person with saved or restored vision. Partnership Continues to Fight Childhood Blindness The Foundation awarded a bridge grant of US$879,000 in 2008 to continue the partnership with the World Health Organization to address the leading causes of preventable and avoidable childhood blindness. Since the partnership began in 2001, LCIF has provided US$4.6 million in funding. Established on six continents, the need-based Lions eye care centers are aimed especially at delivering preventative, therapeutic and rehabilitative eye care services for 100 million children. Saving Sight for Kids Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has been partnering with LCIF since 2002 on Sight for Kids. Johnson & Johnson awarded LCIF US$307,000 this year to continue the program, as well as expand the program to Sri Lanka. Johnson & Johnson has awarded more than US$1.4 million for the program since it began. Now in eight countries, 9.8 million children have been screened. SightFirst Continues to Grow The SightFirst program continues to grow, adding several countries over the last year to bring the number of SightFirst project countries to 100. Lions Celebrate NEI Anniversary Lions, Lions’ leaders and LCIF staff joined in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Eye Institute (NEI) in Washington, D.C. at a Capitol Hill event in June 2009. Clubs in all 50 U.S. states coordinated sending 100,000-plus telegrams and letters to support the creation of the NEI in 1969. KHUN received glasses from the Preah Ang Duong Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one of the 35 Lions’ childhood blindness centers established in partnership with the World Health Organization. “Before I had glasses, I had so much trouble seeing. Now I can see everything. I use my glasses at school, to play football, to read and write, and especially when I watch TV and play games,” he said. Nine-year-old Khun only needed glasses to improve his vision, but many other children require surgery or preventative medication. “I would like to give my deepest appreciation to Lions for helping my grandson,” said Nget Hay, Khun’s grandfather. “I hope that Lions continue to support this center and future research to help all children of Cambodia.” With funding from Campaign SightFirst II, Lions will make Nget’s hopes a reality.
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