Flood Victims in India

LCIF Awards Disaster Grants, December 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 December 2016, LCIF awarded 12 emergency grants totaling US$95,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

North Carolina, USA, District 31-N
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

Costa Rica, District D-4
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

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

Tennessee, USA, District 12-O
US$10,000 for tornado relief

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

Indonesia, District 307-A2
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

India, District 324-A5
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

India, District 324-A6
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

India, District 324-A1
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

Zimbabwe, District 412
US$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-A2
US$5,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 324-A8
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

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

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Touchstone Story: CARE

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The traditional 50th anniversary gift is something made of gold. However, for Lions Clubs International’s 50th anniversary in 1967 the Lions decided to give rather than receive.

In the 12 months leading up to the 1967 Golden Anniversary Convention, Lions around the world collected food, medicine and building supplies for communities in need in Central and South America. On July 4 of that year, the Lions-CARE Friend-Ship set out from Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, one of many ships funded by Lions Clubs International and CARE to carry the supplies donated and gathered for the Friend-Ship mission to ports in Guatemala and other locations in Central and South America..

The year 1967 marked the 10th anniversary of the partnership between Lions and the Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere (CARE). Originally established to rebuild Europe following World War II, CARE began working with Lions after the Korean War to distribute food to South Korean communities in need. The two organizations also built temporary tent-cities to house and feed refugees and families displaced by flooding of the Han River. As winter approached, CARE and the United States Lions worked with the Lions of Seoul, South Korea, to build new, permanent homes made of traditional ondol bricks.

Lions and CARE continued to work together, including raising funds for a mobile unit where volunteers could make and distribute hot meals to schools in poverty-stricken areas. Lions and CARE worked in Honduras, India, Greece, Panama and elsewhere around the world to build community centers, maintain medical schools and teach vocational skills to men and women who are blind.

The partnership between Lions Clubs International and CARE was built on a 50-year tradition of Lions serving communities in need at home and abroad. This tradition continues today. The year 1968 saw the creation of the Lions Clubs International Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting Lions’ worldwide mission to carry out essential humanitarian service projects. LCIF has expanded Lions Clubs International’s scope and ability to serve, offering grants for education and much-needed funds for emergency services and humanitarian missions. LCIF has built on Lions’ foundation of service ever since.

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Message from the Chairperson: Supporting LCIF is Supporting Lions’ Service

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Dear Lions,yamadacranes

Earlier this month, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia. While the quake lasted only 15 seconds, more than 100 buildings collapsed and more than 100 people have perished. Thousands of people were left homeless and rescuers used their bare hands to pull people from the rubble. Hospitals were overflowing and patients were being treated outside in tents. The situation is still dire.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) responded immediately, issuing a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe grant to assist with both immediate and long-term needs. Local Lions sprang into action, offering food, blankets, medical supplies and clean water to the victims. Lions around the world have continually supported LCIF’s disaster relief area of funding, which has allowed the foundation to respond with immediate financial support. Thank you for your dedication to helping those in need.

Our thoughts go out to the victims of the Banda Aceh earthquake and to the Lions still working to help them. Please consider making a donation to the disaster relief fund so we can continue offering aid in times of catastrophe.


Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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25 Hunger Relief Project Ideas

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Nearly 800 million people go to bed hungry every night. Host a project to fight hunger in your community.

  • Sponsor a community food drive to replenish a local food pantry.
  • Volunteer to deliver prepared meals to elderly citizens.
  • Organize a feeding program at a local school to provide healthy, nutritious meals.
  • Prepare and deliver food baskets to families in need.
  • Serve meals at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
  • “Adopt” a family that is struggling to put food on their table. Take them shopping for fruits and vegetables.
  • Organize an event to benefit the food bank in your community; use cans of food as admission.
  • Hold a hunger walk and use proceeds to buy food for a children’s orphanage or shelter.
  • Create snack packages to be distributed to children in need.
  • Collaborate with other service organizations in the community to take turns hosting a meal for needy people.
  • Partner with local restaurants or food markets. Pick up donations or fresh food items for a women’s or children’s shelter.
  • Create a cookbook of inexpensive, easy-to-make recipes.
  • Start a food co-operative to serve as a resource for healthy food at a more affordable price.
  • Accompany and assist a person who is blind with food shopping.
  • Collect infant formula and baby food for an organization serving young mothers at risk.
  • Provide a healthy snack or meal for a group of needy children who are in an after-school program.
  • Work with healthcare professionals to provide free classes on nutrition and food preparation.
  • Provide apples or another type of fruit as a healthy snack for children in childcare facilities.
  • Provide transportation for elderly residents so they can shop for food.
  • Teach children to bake a loaf of bread that they can take home to their family.
  • Invite a local food bank representative to speak at a club or district meeting.
  • Work with schools to provide needy children with backpacks supplied with food for periods when school is not in session.
  • Host a picnic or BBQ at a park for the local community.
  • Help local residents establish a community vegetable garden where they can grow their own food.
  • Arrange a demonstration of proper hand washing for local school children.


Touchstone Story: Education for Everyone

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Mendoza is a cultural center of northern Argentina, a city nestled near the Andes Mountains. Known for its wineries, it’s a popular South American tourist destination.

Just 80 kilometers outside of the city is a small school that offers classroom instruction and individual attention to students who have vision or hearing impairment or other disabilities. Supported by the Mendoza Tunuyán Lions Club since its inception, the school began in 1994 as a single room with only four students.

“The Lions are very important to our school,” said school director Laura Cebrelli. “They supported us from the day we started. Lions Clubs International Foundation provided a grant to help us expand our building.”

The school now provides individualized attention for 75 students, thanks to expansion efforts. The Mendoza Tunuyán Lions Club continues to provide financial support, teaching materials and up-to-date technology for the school.

Lions clubs have long provided support to help ensure that students who have disabilities get a great education. In 1963, the Oregon State School for the Blind in Salem was overseen by Superintendent Charles Woodcock and Principal Raymond Rowe, both of them Lions, and both committed to providing their students with individualized attention. Members of the Salem Lions Club donated playground equipment and a new school bus, and offered general assistance to the school staff. Education meant more than just scholarship. It was also about teaching self-reliance, self-esteem and independence.

“Varied experiences are the basis for suitable development of children, whether the goals be education, vocation or social relationships,” Rowe said.

In 1985, Lions clubs of Southern California worked to support the Braille Institute of Los Angeles, teaching vocational skills to adults with vision impairments. Lions donated camping equipment and sponsored field trips and athletic competitions for students at the Braille Institute—events that fostered a positive social environment and helped the students cultivate positive self-esteem.

Natividad Dias, the mother of a student at the Mendoza school, said the support from the Mendoza Tunuyán Lions Club was gratifying for parents. “The best thing the school has taught my daughter is self-esteem,” she said.

“Recognizing what kind of student you have and how best to teach them is a challenge,” said Mendoza teacher Erica Leguizamon. “But I love exploring which tools and strategies will help my students learn as individuals and as a group.”

Individualized attention—and teaching students to be independent—helps the Mendoza school prepare its students for adulthood.

“I’ve not only learned to read and write, but I’ve learned to dream,” said Mendoza student Rodrigo Morani. “This school has helped me become a better and more confident person.”

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