I was proud when our Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) partner, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC), announced the expansion of Sight for Kids from Asia to Kenya and Turkey during our International Convention in Toronto. Through this special partnership between LCIF and JJVCC, Sight for Kids provides vision screenings to schoolchildren who might not otherwise receive one. And if a child needs glasses or a visit to an ophthalmologist, the partnership provides for that too.
When Joni and I had a chance to visit Kenya in July, we knew we had to see the program in action. The Lions clubs of Kenya brought us to the Westlands Primary School in Nairobi where the Sight for Kids screening was being held. Through the combined efforts of LCIF and JJVCC, members of the Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital and Kenyan Lions, more than 300 children received vision screenings!It turned out that eight children needed eyeglasses, which we were able to provide for them. Joni and I even had the opportunity to give the children their new glasses. Their smiles really lit up the room. Thanks to Sight for Kids, their eyesight has been improved, along with their ability to read and learn in school. As we celebrate Lions World Sight Day around the world today, I can say firsthand just how valuable vision initiatives like the Sight for Kids program is. Be sure to watch the new Sight for Kids video to learn even more about the program and how it’s helping children around the world!