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May
20

Out of the Rubble, Hope for the Future

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Renande Pierre-Louis remembers the afternoon as if it was yesterday. That day changed everything for her, her family and country. Just before 5 p.m. on January 12, 2010, Pierre-Louis, along with millions of other Haitians in Port-au-Prince, ran for their lives. As homes, schools and hotels crumbled before their very eyes, all people could do was struggle to survive. “Our home was completely destroyed by the earthquake, it was unlivable,” said Pierre-Louis.

A reason to hope

There is a long road ahead in restoring this devastated nation. Yet through the promise of Lions and LCIF to rebuild lives and communities in Haiti, Pierre-Louis and her family now have hope moving forward. They were able to move into a newly-constructed home, part of a project that is providing provisional houses for 600 families currently residing in Lions’ tent cities.

This is the first major project using resources from LCIF’s Haiti Earthquake fund that totals more than US$6.1 million in donations from Lions worldwide. To provide the homes, LCIF is working with HELP, a German organization with a 30-year history of providing humanitarian assistance.

Not forgotten

Lions are dedicated to providing hope and relief to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake for years to come and will be constructing homes and hospitals, redeveloping the eye care delivery system and providing help for the disabled. New projects are underway, such as the rebuilding of the National Nurses School of Port-au-Prince and partnering with HumiTerra International to construct a medical center to bring together medical expertise, training and medical supplies to the people of Haiti. LCIF remains committed to rebuilding Haiti and helping people like Pierre-Louis and her family meet their most basic needs so they can have a better future.

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May
20

LQ: Lions Help Musicians in New Orleans

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The Uptown Lions Club is the first new club club chartered in New Orleans in 35 years. The club’s mission is simple: to help provide New Orleans musicians with access to affordable health care. While serving musicians may not be a traditional mission statement for other Lions around the world, it makes sense for the Uptown Lions because of the huge role that music plays in the culture and history of the New Orleans community. These Lions identified a need unique to their community and have set out to achieve their goals.

Watch the Lions Quarterly segment above to learn more about the Uptown Lions Club’s projects. Or, watch the entire April Lions Quarterly to see how Lions are making an impact around the world.

How does your Lions club address the specific needs of your community?

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May
19

From Active Duty to Active Lion

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Like many other young men and women, Robert Aguilar, Jr. became a U.S. Marine because he wanted to serve his country.

“I’ve always had a sense of duty and a desire to serve,” said Aguilar.

Now that Robert has left the military, he’s found a new way to serve – as a Lion. When Robert was invited to join the Seal Beach Lions Club in Seal Beach, California, he saw it as an opportunity to do some good in the community.

“What I really appreciate about Lions is being around so many people who are active in the community and who like to have a good time,” said Aguilar. “When there’s a sign-up sheet, everyone raises their hands. Everyone is eager to help. I’ve been in situations where you have to beg people to help, but not here.”Robert Aguilar Jr_suit

Robert has seen the can-do attitude of his fellow Lions. Recently, the Seal Beach Lions Club was hosting a car-show fundraiser when strong winds knocked down their booth in the middle of the night, but Lions quickly responded by rebuilding it before dawn to make sure the event was a success.

Although Robert hasn’t been a Lion for long, he has seen enough to know that he’s found the right place for himself, and for other veterans who want to get involved in their community.

“I think Lions is a great fit for veterans who have a sense of duty and a desire to serve. It’s not only a humanitarian group, it’s a social group,” said Aguilar. “I would recommend Lions clubs to any veterans who want to be part of something special when they return home.”

Don’t wait…invite a veteran to join your club today!

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May
16

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.

  • BAHAMAS – Twelve local teachers complete LionsQuest training.
  • MINNESOTA, USA – Lions serve thousands at 57th annual Lions Club Pancake Day.
  • HAWAII, USA – The Kauai Lions Club presents the Vision Van, which offers health screenings up to an hour in length.
  • CANADA – Guide dog provided by the Lions Foundation of Canada helps change young girl’s life.
  • GUYANA – The Lions Club of D’urban Park hosts career fair for students.

Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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May
15

Life Becomes a Little Easier—and Safer

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Over craggy terrain in the remote village of Monggis in Borneo, Malaysia, Pumpuar Dasim walked the one-kilometer (.6 mile) trip  three times a day to fill her bucket with water for her household of three people. Upon reaching the stream, if the oxen were bathing, the 58-year-old had to turn back and return later in the day. Walking barefoot in the mountainous jungle, this was no small task, yet a necessity for the village’s farming livelihood.

When running water is just a dream

Cholera, typhoid and other water-borne diseases are a major threat, yet this was the only source of water for the nearly 1,000 villagers. The government told the villagers it would be another 16 years before running water in their homes was a reality. But the Lions made it a reality in a short four months—the time from when they received LCIF grant funding to the time the clean water project was complete.

Korean and Malaysian Lions partnered for a matching International Assistance Grant of US$20,000 to establish a pipe system to channel water from an unpolluted mountain stream. The small black pipe can be seen running along the gravel mountain road for 21 kilometers (13 miles) before it winds into the jungle to the water source. The water is filtered and then distributed directly to individual homes. All of the villages now have a spigot with high-pressure water in their homes as well as two central faucets in the village’s center.

A lifetime of difference in four short months

Without the long walks for water each day, Dasim can now spend more time doing other things for her family and village. “Many, many thanks to the Lions for this nice gift. It has changed my life a lot,” she said.

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