In 1986, the Bangalore West Lions Club began to organize a small eye care centre and outreach program to serve the citizens of south-eastern Karnataka, a state with a population of 60 million. Funds raised by the Lions in India and Germany financed the construction of a small eye hospital.
We started funding this program in 1989 in response to a proposal from the hospital trust. We helped the Lions develop their hospital program and assisted with the development of the eye care program at the satellite clinic in Holenarsipura. Funds from our donors supported the school screening program and purchased needed equipment and surgical instruments.