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Oct
8

SightFirst at Work in Africa

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During the August 2015 SightFirst Advisory Comittee (SAC) meeting, 13 grants were approved for vision projects in South Asia, totaling US$3,898,501.

Cameroon, District 403- B1
A grant of US$1,148,905 was awarded to the Lions of Cameroon and the Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité (OPC, a French NGO working in blindness prevention in French-speaking Africa) to support a pilot comprehensive eye care project in the Center and Littoral regions of Cameroon. The grant will make possible human resource training, infrastructure upgrades, and service delivery. It is estimated that 7.5 million people will benefit from this project.

Chad, District 403-B1
A grant of US$499,596 was awarded to the Lions of Chad and OPC to support Chad’s Trachoma Control Program. Funding will make possible training for over 2,000 health personnel and the operation of 9,458 trichiasis patients.

Ethiopia, District 411-A
A grant of US$2,000,000 was awarded to the Lions of Ethiopia and The Carter Center to assist the Amhara Regional Health Bureau to implement full trachoma strategies. Major targets include the operation of 84,261 trichiasis patients, the distribution of 19.2 million doses of Zithromax™ and Tetracycline ointment, providing community education on environmental change and facial cleanliness to 3,500 villages and 7,800 schools, and the construction of 350,000 latrines.

Ethiopia, District 411-A
A grant of US$250,000 was awarded to the Lions of Ethiopia and The Carter Center to help Ethiopia eliminate river blindness. Funding will make possible the distribution of 584,000 annual and 14.5 million semi-annual Mectizan™ treatments as well as training for thousands of community drug distributors.

Ethiopia, District 411-A
A grant of US$25,000 was awarded to the Lions of Ethiopia to support their advocacy work in the trachoma and river blindness programs. Funding will enable the Lions to conduct community education through media publicity as well as organize high level advocacy meetings with community and administrative leadership to strengthen support to the programs.

Ghana, Multiple District 105
A US$171,110 supplemental grant was awarded to Multiple District 105 to help complete work on the Korle Bu Ophthalmic Surgical Training and Treatment Centre, Accra, Ghana.  The project is a joint effort between the Lions of Multiple District 105 and Moorfields Eye Hospital Trust.  When completed, the center will provide comprehensive eye care services as well as modular continuing education courses for ophthalmologists and other eye care workers from throughout West and Central Africa.

Kenya, District 411-AVision screening
A grant of US$288,585 was awarded to the Lions of Sabatia to support the establishment of a pediatric eye unit at Sabatia Lions Eye Hospital. It is estimated that at least 3,000 children will benefit directly from this project.

Madagascar, District 403-B2
A grant of US$865,717 was awarded to the Lions of Madagascar to support comprehensive eye care services in the country. It is estimated over 14,000 people will benefit directly from this project.

Mali, District 403-A1
A grant of US$100,000 will help the Lions of Mali and The Carter Center to assist Mali’s efforts to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem.  The elimination target in Mali is 2017.  The project will support 1,400 trichiasis surgeries and training for trichiasis surgeons and community volunteers.

Mali, District 403-A1
A grant of US$379,958 was awarded to the Lions of Mali and OPC to support eye care system development in the region of Ségou. The grant will enable human resource training, infrastructure upgrade, and service delivery. It is estimated that 2.3 million people will benefit directly from this project.

Niger, District 403-A1
A grant of US$150,000 was awarded to the Lions of Niger and The Carter Center to assist Niger’s efforts to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem. The project will support 5,302 trichiasis surgeries and training for trichiasis surgeons and community volunteers.

Uganda, District 411-B
A grant of US$175,000 was awarded to the Lions of Uganda and The Carter Center to help Uganda eliminate river blindness. Funding will make available 2.2 million treatments and the training of thousands of Community Drug Distributors.

Uganda, District 411-B
A grant of US$25,000 was awarded to the Lions of Uganda to support their advocacy work in the river blindness program. Funding will enable the Lions to conduct community education through media publicity as well as organize high level advocacy meetings with community and political leadership to strengthen support to the program. Lions are also responsible for underwriting half of the costs for each surgery, and will be involved in identifying areas targeted for outreach.

Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) are committed to saving sight around the world.

Lions Diabetes Strides
Oct
7

Get Ready for Diabetes Awareness Month

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November 14 is World Diabetes Day – an opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes and help people around the world lead healthier, happier lives. Lions everywhere are encouraged to raise awareness throughout the entire month of November. Project planning tools and resources are available through the LCI website.

Project ideas include:

  • Organize a Strides event (walking, running, dancing) to promote healthy exercise.
  • Partner with healthcare professionals to provide a diabetes screening for community members.
  • Support a local camp for children with diabetes, either by volunteering or sponsoring a child to attend.
  • Sponsor a healthy cooking demonstration in your community.
  • Organize a school or community garden to promote healthy eating.

Download 25 Project Ideas for Diabetes Awareness and Action for more.

 

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Oct
6

Visit LCIF at the Upcoming Europa Forum!

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Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) can help Lions change lives in your community? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s Europa Forum, October 9-11, in Augsburg, Germany. The theme for this year’s forum is “Sympathy and Friendship.” LCIF will have representatives on hand who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!

This year, there are several informational sessions regarding LCIF:

  • On Friday, October 9, learn about Lions Quest, LCIF’s social and emotional learning program for students. Lions Quest seminars will start at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
  • Also on Friday, October 9, there will be an LCIF coordinators meeting.
  • On Saturday, October 10, Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Joe Preston will give a presentation on LCIF at 10:45 a.m.

Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.

You can read about LCIF’s activities at the OSEAL Forum in the upcoming weeks. 

Oct
2

New Centennial Video: Knights of the Blind

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“I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?”

The above quote is from Helen Keller’s speech to Lions at the 1925 International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA. Lions accepted and embraced her challenge, dedicating the past 100 years to serving people with visual impairments.

Our newest video in the Lions Centennial Celebration series, “Knights of the Blind,” takes a look back at Lions’ sight projects and programs. See how Lions became Knights of the Blind, and how Lions continue to serve those in need all around the world.

Download “Knights of the Blind” from the LCI videos page, and watch more historical Centennial videos on the Lions100 website.

 

Oct
2

Live Stream: Sharing the Vision

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In honor of World Sight Day, Angela Supernaw from Service Activities provided an update on progress made towards the Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 25 million people through sight-related projects and activities.

Links Angela referred to:

Videos

Rap Video Finalist: Brussels Cooperation & Da Vinci Lions Clubs

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Lions Reading Action Program Rap Video Contest finalists have been announced! Above is the rap video created by the Brussels Cooperation & Da Vinci Lions Clubs. We…

Rap Video Finalist: Medan Fine Arts Lions Club

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Lions Reading Action Program Rap Video Contest finalists have been announced! Above is the rap video created by the Medan Fine Arts Lions Club. We’ll be featuring…

Rap Video Finalist: St. Marta San Pedro Alejandrino Lions Club

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Lions Reading Action Program Rap Video Contest finalists have been announced! Above is the rap video created by the St. Marta San Pedro Alejandrino Lions Club. We’ll…

Lions Celebrate Earth Day

Monday, April 22, 2013

Today is Earth Day, and in conjunction with the Protecting Our Environment global service action campaign, Lions everywhere are participating in environmental service projects that make the world…