Lions and Sightsavers have been working together since 1972. Clubs make donations to the Lions Sight Savers Trust, a registered charity run by four trustees.
Initially, donations from Lions Clubs supported a Sightsavers eye camp outreach programme in India, focusing on cataract operations. But many people arriving at the eye camps had other eye conditions or impairments that couldn’t be treated, and this led to the development of the Comprehensive Eye Services (CES) programme, which aimed to support everyone with a sight-related problem.
The CES programme provided assistance for blind and visually impaired children to attend inclusive schools, and referred eye health issues for treatment or surgery. It also supported rehabilitation training for adults whose blindness was irreversible, and educated communities on disease prevention and recognising eye conditions.
A Million Miracles
In October 2014, the trustees agreed to direct donations from Lions Sight Savers Trust to A Million Miracles, Sightsavers’ appeal aiming to raise funds for one million sight-restoring operations by 2018.
So far, Lions Clubs have already raised an incredible £116,000 towards the appeal. With cataract operations costing as little as £30, these donations mean more than 7,300 people will have their sight restored, saved or protected.
For an update on A Million Miracles, please read our latest report here.
To find out more about A Million Miracles (and see the amazing story of Winesi, who allowed us to webcast his sight-restoring cataract operation in 2014), visit www.millionmiracles.org.
For more information about Lions and Sightsavers contact firstname.lastname@example.org