This excerpt taken from the LUX 6-K filed May 25, 2007.
Respect for diversity
Meeting people from different parts of the world and visiting different countries provide experiences that training courses do not offer. People learn to recognize and appreciate new languages, foods, customs and unusual situations. They form relationships and learn that diversity may unite rather than divide. These missions, particularly the international ones, require intense teamwork to optimize the use of resources and time and reach as many people as possible.
In 2006, Give the Gift of Sight provided care to 753,207 people worldwide, up 13% from 2005. Over 404,000 people received eye exams or a pair of recycled eyeglasses during the years 16 missions: Mexico (six missions), Panama (one), Romania (one), Ecuador (one), China (one), Honduras (two), Paraguay (two), Mali (one, the first in Africa, for 29,000 people) and Cambodia (one). In North America, care was provided to 349,144 people: 72,493 were in stores and with discount vouchers (free or heavily-discounted eyeglasses), 207,883 people were helped in nurseries, schools and health care fairs, 12,702 people were examined in Vision Vans, 19,876 were helped during missions, 36,190 people were assisted on Hometown Days and 998,340 pairs of glasses were recycled.