Dec
14

LCI Forward: A Glimpse of the Future

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For 100 years, Lions have left their mark on the world by giving help and hope to its most vulnerable populations. As we enter our second century of humanitarian service, the world needs us now more than ever.

In order to meet the emerging needs of our changing world, we’ve developed a five-year plan called LCI Forward.

What is LCI Forward?

LCI Forward is a road map for Lions to plan, implement and achieve our vision for a better future. It’s designed to help Lions triple our humanitarian impact and serve 200 million people a year by 2021.

To accomplish this incredible feat, LCI Forward focuses on:

  • Enhancing our service impact and focus
  • Reshaping public opinion and improving visibility
  • Pursuing club, district and organizational excellence
  • Improving membership value and reaching new markets

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We need your help!

We’re encouraging Lions and Leos to come together to increase our impact by serving in their communities and inviting their families, friends and neighbors to join them in service. Visit the LCI Forward page to learn more and get a special glimpse into the future of Lions Clubs International, and how together, we’re changing the world for the better.

The LCI Forward Plan video is available in all languages on YouTube.

Dec
13

Touchstone Story: Wave Upon Wave

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On Dec. 26, 2004, a 9.0-plus magnitude earthquake occurred under the Indian Ocean near the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. Within hours, a series of immense waves as high as 50 feet struck 11 countries along the rim of the Indian Ocean. More than 230,000 people lost their lives and more than one million people were displaced as a result of the South Asian tsunami—the deadliest in recorded history.

“The ocean took everything,” said Ranjan Jayawardane, a member of the Wellawatte West Lions Club in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Lions were among the first on the scene to provide help to victims, responding with their own waves of generosity and care. In Sri Lanka, Lions partnered with the government to organize aid, working 16-hour days to send supplies and put up tents at relocation camps. Eighty Lions in the medical profession volunteered to provide first aid near Chennai, India, while nearly 70 clubs distributed food and clothing. In Indonesia and Thailand, local clubs gave food, clothing, shelter and medical treatment to refugees.

Lions Clubs International Foundation also mobilized to send relief. LCIF had created disaster-response models following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York to help Lions act quickly when disaster strikes. The models estimate how much funding will be needed by analyzing the areas and numbers of people affected, current and future needs, how long recovery efforts are expected to last and other considerations. As soon as news of the tsunami reached LCIF, Lions put the models in place and started fundraising.

Lions raised US$15 million. Every dollar raised went to Lions in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand to help rebuild homes, schools and orphanages. At the time, it was the largest reconstruction effort in LCIF history.

“Some people had lost families, everything, but Lions stood by them,” said Sangeeta Jatia, past international director from Kolkata, West Bengal, and a member of the Calcutta Midtown Lions Club in India. “There was somebody who they could depend on.”

Long after the waves and initial shock had receded, Lions from around the world continued to pour out their time, energy and resources, helping to rebuild lives and entire communities.

Five years after the natural disaster, Luis Domínguez, past international director from the Mijas Lions Club in Mijas Pueblo, Spain, visited a village in Sri Lanka that Lions assisted in reconstructing. The community, known as “Lions Village” among local residents, was blossoming once again—with new houses, a playground and community center, and sewing machines to help jumpstart economic development.

“What can I say about happy children?” Domínguez said, watching carefree children enjoy their new playground. “I will leave it to your imagination.”

Read the entire collection of Touchstone Stories at Lions100.org!

Dec
12

LCIF Awards 10 Emergency Grants, November 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 November 2016, LCIF awarded 10 emergency grants totaling US$100,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Florida, USA, District 35-N
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

Florida, USA, District 35-L
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

Thailand, District 310-A1
US$10,000 for flood relief

Thailand, District 310-D
US$10,000 for flood relief

Arizona, USA, District 21-B 
US$10,000 for flood relief

New Zealand, District 202-E
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

South Carolina, USA, District 32-C
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

North Carolina, USA, District 31-L
US$10,000 for wildfire relief

Dominican Republic, District R-2
US$10,000 for flood relief

Tennessee, USA, District 12-N
US$10,000 for wildfire relief

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

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Dec
8

LCIF and Lions Respond to the Banda Aceh Earthquake

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On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Aceh province of Indonesia. More than 100 people have died and the death toll is expected to rise. Search and rescue efforts are underway.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) responded immediately. District 307-A2 has received a US$10,000 Emergency grant to help with immediate relief activities. Multiple District 307 has also received a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe grant for the provision of both immediate- and long-term relief and reconstruction.

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster relief fund so that Lions can continue offering this critical aid.

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Dec
1

Message from the Chairperson: LCIF and Lions are Making the World a Better Place

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Dear Lions,

We have seen many amazing advancements throughout our lives. We have walked on the moon, we have phones that guide us when we are lost and we have robots that perform intricate surgeries. Yet, we still see hundreds of children die every single day from a vaccine-preventable disease.

Measles is a highly contagious disease. Those that survive are often left with serious complications, including brain damage, hearing loss and blindness. Too many children are lost to a disease that we can prevent. For about US$1, a simple vaccine provides immunity against measles. That is why we Lions committed to raising US$30 million for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, by 2017. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will match our contributions, for a total of up to US$60 million mobilized for the fight against measles.

Over the next year, we will need to raise approximately US$10 million to fulfill our promise to the world’s children. I am asking each and every Lion to renew your dedication to the fight against this deadly disease. Together, we have vaccinated millions of children. But the work is not done and we cannot rest until it is. Please make a donation today to LCIF’s measles fund so that no more families have to endure the heartbreaking loss of a child to measles.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Read the rest of the LCIF newsletter online.

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