Oct
11

Help for Haiti in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

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When disaster strikes, Lions are often among the first to offer help to the victims, even though they are often victims themselves. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is right there beside them, ready to support their efforts with funding assistance through Lions disaster relief programs. Working together, LCIF, local Lions and Lions leaders assess the urgent needs and quickly deliver the aid most required by victims.

This grassroots model has proven effective in tragedies around the world. Lions know that disaster can affect any community, whether it’s halfway around the world or right at home. That’s why, over the last 10 years, LCIF has provided more than US$100 million for disaster relief programs worldwide.

Thanks to the support Lions provide to LCIF on an ongoing basis, Emergency Grants are available to provide for basic immediate needs including food, water, clothing and medicine. We have learned from experience that when a disaster victim receives aid quickly, it provides strength needed to survive the shock and loss and may even give a little hope for the future.

Children wade through a flooded river in Haiti

Children wade through a flooded river in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew affected the entire Caribbean nation, destroying the western edge. More than 1,000 Haitians have perished and thousands have been left homeless.  Many of the main roads are impassible and many bridges have been washed away. Food and drinking water are in short supply and many of those who need aid the most are still waiting for it to arrive.

The Lions of Haiti quickly sprung to action and requested assistance from LCIF. LCIF awarded an initial US$10,000 Emergency grant to Haiti to address immediate needs of disaster victims. Twenty Lions and 10 Leos from Port-au-Prince traveled to Petit-Goâve to work with clubs there. Together, they have distributed 550 relief kits to residents. Communication networks have been leveled in Petit-Goâve and the main bridge into the town has been destroyed.

This week, Lions are packing up to 1,500 kits of food and medicine to be distributed in Les Cayes. The Pacific Disaster Center estimates that more than 90 percent of buildings in Les Cayes were completely or severely damaged by the storm.

The situation is dire, but Lions are working to bring supplies and hope to their neighbors. You can show your support for Lions and their work by making a donation to LCIF’s disaster relief fund. Donate to LCIF

 

Oct
10

Help LCIF Log Some Charity Miles!

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LCIF is proud to partner with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC) to provide Sight for Kids. The Sight for Kids program has reached more than 23 million school children in low income communities since its launch in 2002. The program is run by local Lions clubs and works with local eye care professionals to train more than 142,000 school teachers and volunteers to promote eye health and screen children’s vision. Through this model, Sight for Kids has been effective in leveraging Lions and JJVCC support to raise local eye health awareness and identify, refer, and correct visual impairment in school children.

Since our International Convention in June, Lions have been walking, running and cycling to raise money for Sight for Kids with the Charity Miles app. So far, you Lions have walked an astonishing 9,096 miles. That’s equal to the distance from Fukuoka to Amsterdam. Way to go, Lions! Keep walking to show your support of Sight for Kids, and stay tuned for more updates on our progress.

Charity Miles flyer

 

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Oct
8

Response to Hurricane Matthew

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Dear Lions,

Both LCI and LCIF, as well as Lions in the affected Hurricane Matthew areas, are assessing the greatest need in the aftermath of destruction.  So far, LCIF has approved emergency grants in the amount of US$10,000 each for district F4 (Columbia),  R1 and R3 (Domincan Republic), and Haiti.  As the hurricane continues up the coast of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, and damage is assessed there, we expect more requests for emergency assistance.  LCIF is standing by and ready to authorize grant requests.

Our centennial motto “Where There’s A Need, There’s A Lion” could not be more appropriate than in times of natural disasters when local Lions on the ground in disaster areas are able to put actions plans in place to provide much needed first response supplies of food, water, temporary shelter, and clothing.

As always, your generous donations to LCIF enable us to respond swiftly wherever and whenever the need exists.

I know you join me in keeping all the victims of this latest natural disaster in your thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Bob Corlew

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.

Donate to LCIF

Oct
7

LCIF Awards 22 Disaster Relief and Community Recovery Grants, September 2016

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) offers a variety of funding options to support various stages for disaster relief operations, including Disaster Preparedness, Emergency, Community Recovery and Major Catastrophe Grants.

For districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis, Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000. Lions district governors may apply for disaster relief funds to help meet immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies. LCIF typically awards more than US$2 million in Emergency Grant funding each year.

In September 2016, LCIF awarded 22 disaster relief and community recovery grants totaling US$209,471. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Missouri, USA, District 26-M3
US$9,471 for disaster preparedness

China, District 391
US$10,000 for flood relief

Italy, District 108-A
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

Florida, USA, District 35-O
US$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-4
US$10,000 for flood relief

Tanzania, District 411-B16
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

Japan, District 331-B
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Japan, District 332-B
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 322-C5
US$5,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-9
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 386
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-A2
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Colombia, District F-2
US$20,000 for community recovery

Philippines, District 301-C
US$5,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-D2
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-E1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 320-C
US$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 320-D
US$5,000 for flood relief

Iowa, USA, District 9-NC
US$10,000 for flood relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-F
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Australia, District 201-N4
US$10,000 for flood relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-D1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.

Donate to LCIF

Oct
4

Lions Remember PIP Dr. Jean Behar

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Dear Lions,

I regret to inform you that Past International President, Dr. Jean Behar, died at his home on October 2, 2016 after a decline in his health.  He was 87 years old.

The late PIP Behar was a life member of the Le Havre Expansion Lions Club.  He was also the founder and honorary president of Medico Lions Club of France, which organizes assistance from French Lions clubs to low income countries.  Dr. Behar held many positions within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, district governor and council chairperson.  He served as an international director from 1990-1992.

As the international president in the millennium year of 2000-2001, he emphasized quality.  His vision spread throughout our organization, and Lions resolved to offer quality assistance to those in need around the world.

As Campaign SightFirst II campaign ambassador, the late past president Behar dedicated his efforts to support the campaign goals specific to eliminating river blindness and emerging threats to vision from diabetes, glaucoma and childhood diseases that can lead to blindness.

His dedication touched and improved the lives of countless people around the world.  As a doctor of radiology, his kindness and understanding manner endeared him to his patients.

In addition to his numerous awards through Lions Clubs International, including the Ambassador of Goodwill, he was recognized by the President of France who named him a Knight of the National Order of Merit.  Dr. Behar was also a multi-level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

I know you join me in remembrance of this truly remarkable man, who made so many contributions to Lions and to the lives of people in need.

 

Messages of support and condolences may be sent to his family via the Lions office in France at:

Maison des Lions de France

295 rue Saint Jacques – F 75005 Paris, France

Or via email at:

Anne.fayolle@lions-france.org

 

Sincerely,

Bob Corlew

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