Oct
4

Social Snaps that Serve: Help LCIF’s Sight for Kids Program with Donate a Photo App

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Helping to protect a child’s sight is as easy as snapping a photo! For every photo you donate through Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app*, Johnson & Johnson will donate US$1 to Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) Sight for Kids program, up to US$40,000.

Each photo you “donate” via the app (up to 1 per day) through January 15, 2017, will help Lions and our partner, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC), provide eye health education,  vision screening and access to a professional eye exam to a child. The Sight for Kids program’s mission is to mobilize local Lions, teachers and eye care professionals to improve eye health awareness and remove eye care barriers to for children in underserved areas across Asia, as well as in Kenya and Turkey – including providing exams, and eye glasses and other treatment.

The free mobile app is accessible to Lions and the public in the U.S, the United Kingdom and Japan. All you have to do is download the free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play and start taking pictures!

How to Get Started

  1. Download the FREE Donate a Photo app for your Apple or Android device (click here)
    2. Follow the in-app steps to set up your account and profile. Switch on your Facebook and Twitter accounts within the app to automatically share with all your friends and followers! You can also set up a daily reminder.
    3. Choose our cause: “To help protect a child’s sight with Sight for Kids.”
    4. Then, take a picture, or choose an existing photo to share from your library.
    5. When you share your photo, you help a child and inspire others to help our Sight for Kids program!

Photo Guidelines

  • Lions and the public can donate up to one photo a day, every day, to benefit LCIF’s Sight for Kids cause through January 15, 2017.
  • Any appropriate snapshot helps, but Lions hope to share photos of faces or eyes or favorite views to inspire and raise awareness about the importance of eye health and accessible eye care and exams, especially for our kids.
  • Are you planning a project or event for World Sight Day? Share your Lions club service photos through the Donate a Photo app
  • Be sure to tag photos with the hashtag #lionsclubs on Facebook and Twitter. LCIF will share select photos through the Lions Clubs International official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Since 2002, LCIF and JJVCC’s Sight for Kids program has worked to provide eye health education and eye care and eyeglasses access to millions of school children throughout Asia, Kenya and Turkey with the Sight for Kids program. Surrounding World Sight Day, LCIF and JJVCC are ensuring their social snapshots are serving, too!

Consider Donating a Photo for Sight for Kids to help Lions protect a child’s sight today! Learn more about Sight for Kids at www.lcif.org/sfk.

*The Donate a Photo app is available in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan only. No matter where you live, be sure to get the word out about Sight for Kids and the importance of annual professional eye exams for our children. Photos shared are not used for commercial purposes.

Disclosure: You can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. For every photo donated to Sight for Kids, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. will donate US$1 to that cause. You can donate photos to Sight for Kids until January 15, 2017, or until it reaches its goal of US$40,000, whichever comes first. Sight for Kids will receive a minimum of US$20,000.

Oct
3

Message from the Chairperson: LCIF Supports World Sight Day

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Dear Lions,

World Sight Day is fast approaching. On October 13, 2016, organizations around the world will shine a light on preventable blindness. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has been supporting Lions-led initiatives for decades to prevent blindness and empower those who are blind or visually impaired.

Our Sight for Kids partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC) is just one way we are working to provide vision care. The Sight for Kids program has screened the vision of more than 23 million schoolchildren in Asia Pacific, Kenya and Turkey. These children might not otherwise have access to vision screenings. This program provides glasses and follow-up care as needed and is for free to  children in need.

As your club prepares to recognize World Sight Day, please keep LCIF and Sight for Kids in mind. For every photo you share through the Donate a Photo app (USA, United Kingdom and Japan only), Johnson & Johnson will give US$1 to the Sight for Kids program. You can also download the Charity Miles app and raise money for Sight for Kids just by taking a walk. Both are easy ways to make a big impact around the world.

Please join LCIF and your fellow Lions by showing your support on World Sight Day and every day.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Read the rest of the September LCIF newsletter here

Sep
30

Guatemala has Conquered River Blindness

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Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, is a parasitic disease that afflicts the rural poor. It is caused by a worm that is spread from person to person through the bites of Simulium black flies that breed in rapid-flowing rivers and streams. The disease can cause intense itching, eye damage, and irreversible blindness, reducing an individual’s ability to work and learn. Worldwide, an estimated 120 million are at risk of being infected and 270,000 have been blinded by the disease, mostly in Africa. In addition to Africa and Latin America, onchocerciasis also is present in Yemen.

Since 1993, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$33 million to support the distribution of river blindness medicine, Mectizan®, to approximately 251 million people in 15 African and Latin American countries. SightFirst has worked in close partnership since 1999 with The Carter Center—a leader in the fight to end river blindness.

On September 29, 2106, Guatemala’s minister of health, Dr. Lucrecia Hernandez Mack, announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially verified the elimination of onchocerciasis from Guatemala. Guatemala is now the fourth country in the Americas to be verified free of this disease, after Colombia (2013), Ecuador (2014), and Mexico (2015).

LCIF congratulates the people and government of Guatemala, The Carter Center’s Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA), and many devoted Lions on this monumental achievement!

Sep
30

Celebrating New Lions!

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When’s the last time you had a birthday party?

For many of us, after adolescence we no longer celebrate birthdays the way we used to, with cake, balloons and tons of our friends around. PDG Carolyn Dorman thought the lack of celebration was a shame and worked together with other Lions in Multiple District 2 to throw one amazing birthday bash!

As a way to celebrate new members throughout Texas, PDG Dorman and a team of 16 Lions worked together to set up a birthday party for all the new members. The party was hosted at a local hotel and was filled with ice cream, cake, flags, horns and “100” balloons, to celebrate our centennial.

All 300 attendees got to witness a special induction ceremony where International President Bob Corlew inducted his daughter and son-in-law, and saw a special award presented to the longest serving Lion who was at the event!

Everyone had so much fun at the birthday party that they’re planning one for next August!

According to PDG Dorman the event, “was a great success with all the cake and ice cream Lions could eat!”

Consider throwing a party for your members, or celebrating in a different way. Some ideas for Ways to Celebrate can be found on our website. Make sure to share all your stories on social media and use #Lions100.

To hear more about PDG Dorman’s multiple district birthday party, listen to the Marketing Department’s September webinar!

Sep
26

LCIF is Working to Bring Literacy to South Sudan

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) works to address an ever-growing array of humanitarian needs around the world. Those needs vary greatly from country to country, village to village, day to day.

Located in East-Central Africa, South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Twenty years of civil war left the country with essentially no infrastructure. Only a handful of areas have running water, electricity, clinics, schools or paved roads. Half of the population lives below the international poverty line, which is less than US$2 per day. It is not surprising then that one in three South Sudanese men and one in ten South Sudanese women are literate. Very few speak English, which is the official language of South Sudan.

Aweil Women's Leadership Center

The Aweil Women’s Leadership Center is now open!

Research by UNICEF shows a strong positive relationship between a mother’s education and the health of her children. South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate and the lowest female literacy rate in the world. There, girls are more likely to die of pregnancy complications than they are to complete primary
education. One in ten children die before the age of five.

Raising the nation’s literacy rate is imperative to help lift its people out of poverty. Literacy is the foundation of development and economic prosperity, and will enable the people of South Sudan to participate fully in their emerging democracy.

To help increase literacy rates in South Sudan, LCIF awarded a Core 4 grant to Literacy at the Well (LATW). LATW is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in the US and operating in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan, since 2008. Grant funds were used to meet the ever increasing demand for literacy programming in Aweil, the most heavily populated city in Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

The Aweil Women’s Leadership Center is now open! The Center will provide education for over 1,000 women and girls each week and will has begun a legacy of literacy that will improve lives for generations to come. As a post for Literacy at the Well, the center will be used not only to teach reading, writing and English, but to train future Literacy at the Well instructors and also to provide literacy instruction for community groups like police and health workers.

Families that can read are healthier and less vulnerable to oppression, are more likely to succeed and are able to help others in their community.

The women of Aweil helped to lay the foundation bricks for their new center.

The women of Aweil helped to lay the foundation bricks for their new center.

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