Transforming Night Into Noonday “Picture yourself stumbling and groping at noonday as in the night; your work, your independence, gone. In that dark world wouldn’t you be glad if a friend took you by the hand and said, ‘Come with me and I will teach you how to do some of the things you used to do when you could see?’”—Helen Keller What does the next century of Lionism look like as Knights of the Blind? The first 100 years brought eyeglasses to those in need; vision screenings to those who had never had an exam in their life; and surgeries that restored sight. These are real, tangible changes Lions brought to people’s lives. The second century of Lionism not only combats blindness, but also helps to create space for those with vision impairment to learn, work, and become well-integrated, independent members of society. Through investing in medical research and assistive technology, Lions can help those with vision impairment move through the world, shedding a corner of light on the darkness. Where We’ve Been Lions Clubs Around the World Partner with LCIF to Fight Vision Loss SightFirst is Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)’s program which aims to sustainably and systematically combat preventable blindness and visual impairment around the world. These projects particularly focus on eye care, training eye care personnel, developing infrastructure and equipment, and providing rehabilitation and education. SightFirst has invested US$342.7 million in 1,288 projects in 116 countries, resulting in: — More than 9.1 million cataract surgeries — The construction or upgrading of 1,520 eye hospitals/clinics/wards and related facilities — Management training for 276 institutions — Training support for more than 1.57 million ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses, community health workers, and related personnel — 270 million treatments for river blindness — 24 million vision screenings for children through Sight for Kids — The world's first-ever initiative launched to combat childhood blindness in partnership with the World Health Organization, establishing or strengthening 100 pediatric eye care centers in 54 countries — More than US$200 million raised for Campaign SightFirst II, making it the greatest fundraising effort in LCIF’s history
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