The Porbandar Lions Club of India organized a “Relieving the Hunger” project to benefit the underserved children in their community through the distribution of nutritious food and snacks. Follow them on Facebook to see their current projects and events.
Youth, vision, environmental and hunger projects such as this one help to reach our goal of serving 100 million people in celebration of our Centennial. We encourage Lions all across the globe to take part in the Centennial Service Challenge, which has been extended to June 2018. Don’t forget to report your activities to MyLCI and post pictures and videos on your club’s social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 so that clubs around the world can see the impact you are making in your community!
What is your club doing to feed children in need?
During a recent SightFirst Advisory Comittee (SAC) meeting, two grants were approved for vision projects in the South Pacific, totaling US$527,745.
Fiji, District 202-K: A grant of US$237,945 was awarded to the New Zealand Lions, District 202-K, to improve and expand eye care services at Lions Diabetes Eye Clinic in Lautoka. Lions will also establish diabetic retinopathy screening services at the sub-divisional hospitals in four urban and rural areas in Fiji. It is estimated that 25,000 people will benefit from this project of five years.
Papua New Guinea, District 201-Q2: A grant of US$289,800 was awarded to the Lions of Australia, District 201-Q2, to establish a National Resource Center (NRC) for eye health in Papua New Guinea. The NRC will serve as a base of operations for a future ophthamology residency program and other training initiatives for eye care personnel. It will also function as a central distribution center for low-cost spectacles, surgical consumables and low vision devices.
Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) are committed to saving sight around the world.
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Erna Giesbrecht, a 54-year-old schoolteacher from Citrus Heights, California, USA, struggled with a severe hearing impairment since birth. When she was seven years old, her older brother, who had the same birth defect, was killed in a train/truck collision when he didn’t hear a train coming. At age 21, Giesbrecht was dismissed from nursing school because of her disability. As a fifth-grade teacher, Giesbrecht lived as frugally as possible to afford her hearing aid. She also had little choice but to wear the aid well past its recommended normal lifespan of five years.
Giesbrecht’s luck changed when the father of one of her students told her about the Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project (AHAP). Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project makes hearing aids accessible to people who cannot afford them without assistance. Nearly 7 million Americans who need hearing aids—23 percent of all Americans with hearing loss—cannot afford them. The average price for one hearing aid in the U.S. is $2,500 and most individuals need two aids. The majority of insurance companies do not cover hearing aids so the expenses have to be covered by the individuals or their families. Through partnerships and the great work of Lions, Lions Clubs International Foundation has made such a basic need as hearing possible for thousands of people.
“I have worn hearing aids since I was seven, and I have never heard better,” Giesbrecht said. She’s finally able to fully take charge of her classroom. “I can actually hear whispering for the first time in my life. My fifth-graders can’t ‘get away’ with as much nonsense since I can hear them better,” she said with a smile.
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