Story of the Week: Lions, LCIF Open Nursing School in Haiti

National Nursing School of Port-au-Prince, HaitiWe strive to improve the health in the 206 countries where we serve. Lions and the Lions Clubs International Foundation provide vital immunizations for children, supply clean water to villages and eliminate preventable causes of blindness. In the wake of a disaster, these services become critical.Nursing school opening

Lions and LCIF were on the scene after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. In the months following, we assembled tent villages while building homes for displaced families. Two years later, we are providing for the long-term needs of Haitians by opening the National Nursing School of Port-Au-Prince.

In a moving ceremony last month, Lions, government officials, school administrators and the French Red Cross came together to inaugurate the center. The school will educate 350 much-needed nurses each year. LCIF provided US$368,421, or 27 percent, of the total project cost for construction and equipment expenses.

  • http://whenigrowup-global.com Lion Traci Parkinson

    It is wonderful to hear that Lions Clubs International is empowering Haitians through education so that they can make a difference the country of Haiti and their own community. I love the fact that we are looking at how we can make a difference by empowering indigenous people, taking into account their culture. I have just returned from the rural Central Platuea area of Haiti where education, clean water and health care are so important to communities. The non-profit organization I work with funds a school with a feeding program there also the drilling of a well for clean water. I hope one day through the efforts of organizations like When I Grow Up and Lions International, I might be able to see a student from the village of Jacob or Palma Haiti, complete their education and become a nurse to give back to the rural community they grew up in! This is how countries can change and how we can help to make that happen through our support. Thank you

  • http://lionsoregrund.wordpress.com/ Lions in Öregrund/Sweden

    Hello from Öregrund in Sweden :)
    Just poppin’ by to say … “hello”
    It’s so nice to be a Lion! Our club was established in 1985.
    / Lions, Öregrund – Sweden

  • http://www.lcif.org lcif

    Lions are known for their commitment to long-term relief – the National Nursing School in Port-Au-Prince is a great example of what Lions and LCIF can accomplish after a disaster.

    Learn more about how Lions and LCIF continue to rebuild hope in Haiti through long-term relief efforts by downloading LCIF’s fact sheet from the two-year earthquake anniversary at http://www.lcif.org/EN/_files/pdfs/Haiti_twoyear.pdf.

    Thank you for your support, Lions!