LCIF Awards 22 Disaster Relief and Community Recovery Grants, September 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 September 2016, LCIF awarded 22 disaster relief and community recovery grants totaling US$209,471. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Missouri, USA, District 26-M3
US$9,471 for disaster preparedness

China, District 391
US$10,000 for flood relief

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

Florida, USA, District 35-O
US$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-4
US$10,000 for flood relief

Tanzania, District 411-B16
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

Japan, District 331-B
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Japan, District 332-B
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 322-C5
US$5,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-9
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 386
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-A2
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Colombia, District F-2
US$20,000 for community recovery

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

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-D2
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-E1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 320-C
US$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 320-D
US$5,000 for flood relief

Iowa, USA, District 9-NC
US$10,000 for flood relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-F
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Australia, District 201-N4
US$10,000 for flood relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-D1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

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

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Lions Remember PIP Dr. Jean Behar

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Dear Lions,

I regret to inform you that Past International President, Dr. Jean Behar, died at his home on October 2, 2016 after a decline in his health.  He was 87 years old.

The late PIP Behar was a life member of the Le Havre Expansion Lions Club.  He was also the founder and honorary president of Medico Lions Club of France, which organizes assistance from French Lions clubs to low income countries.  Dr. Behar held many positions within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, district governor and council chairperson.  He served as an international director from 1990-1992.

As the international president in the millennium year of 2000-2001, he emphasized quality.  His vision spread throughout our organization, and Lions resolved to offer quality assistance to those in need around the world.

As Campaign SightFirst II campaign ambassador, the late past president Behar dedicated his efforts to support the campaign goals specific to eliminating river blindness and emerging threats to vision from diabetes, glaucoma and childhood diseases that can lead to blindness.

His dedication touched and improved the lives of countless people around the world.  As a doctor of radiology, his kindness and understanding manner endeared him to his patients.

In addition to his numerous awards through Lions Clubs International, including the Ambassador of Goodwill, he was recognized by the President of France who named him a Knight of the National Order of Merit.  Dr. Behar was also a multi-level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

I know you join me in remembrance of this truly remarkable man, who made so many contributions to Lions and to the lives of people in need.


Messages of support and condolences may be sent to his family via the Lions office in France at:

Maison des Lions de France

295 rue Saint Jacques – F 75005 Paris, France

Or via email at:




Bob Corlew


Social Snaps that Serve: Help LCIF’s Sight for Kids Program with Donate a Photo App

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Helping to protect a child’s sight is as easy as snapping a photo! For every photo you donate through Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app*, Johnson & Johnson will donate US$1 to Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) Sight for Kids program, up to US$40,000.

Each photo you “donate” via the app (up to 1 per day) through January 15, 2017, will help Lions and our partner, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC), provide eye health education,  vision screening and access to a professional eye exam to a child. The Sight for Kids program’s mission is to mobilize local Lions, teachers and eye care professionals to improve eye health awareness and remove eye care barriers to for children in underserved areas across Asia, as well as in Kenya and Turkey – including providing exams, and eye glasses and other treatment.

The free mobile app is accessible to Lions and the public in the U.S, the United Kingdom and Japan. All you have to do is download the free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play and start taking pictures!

How to Get Started

  1. Download the FREE Donate a Photo app for your Apple or Android device (click here)
    2. Follow the in-app steps to set up your account and profile. Switch on your Facebook and Twitter accounts within the app to automatically share with all your friends and followers! You can also set up a daily reminder.
    3. Choose our cause: “To help protect a child’s sight with Sight for Kids.”
    4. Then, take a picture, or choose an existing photo to share from your library.
    5. When you share your photo, you help a child and inspire others to help our Sight for Kids program!

Photo Guidelines

  • Lions and the public can donate up to one photo a day, every day, to benefit LCIF’s Sight for Kids cause through January 15, 2017.
  • Any appropriate snapshot helps, but Lions hope to share photos of faces or eyes or favorite views to inspire and raise awareness about the importance of eye health and accessible eye care and exams, especially for our kids.
  • Are you planning a project or event for World Sight Day? Share your Lions club service photos through the Donate a Photo app
  • Be sure to tag photos with the hashtag #lionsclubs on Facebook and Twitter. LCIF will share select photos through the Lions Clubs International official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Since 2002, LCIF and JJVCC’s Sight for Kids program has worked to provide eye health education and eye care and eyeglasses access to millions of school children throughout Asia, Kenya and Turkey with the Sight for Kids program. Surrounding World Sight Day, LCIF and JJVCC are ensuring their social snapshots are serving, too!

Consider Donating a Photo for Sight for Kids to help Lions protect a child’s sight today! Learn more about Sight for Kids at www.lcif.org/sfk.

*The Donate a Photo app is available in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan only. No matter where you live, be sure to get the word out about Sight for Kids and the importance of annual professional eye exams for our children. Photos shared are not used for commercial purposes.

Disclosure: You can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. For every photo donated to Sight for Kids, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. will donate US$1 to that cause. You can donate photos to Sight for Kids until January 15, 2017, or until it reaches its goal of US$40,000, whichever comes first. Sight for Kids will receive a minimum of US$20,000.


Message from the Chairperson: LCIF Supports World Sight Day

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Dear Lions,

World Sight Day is fast approaching. On October 13, 2016, organizations around the world will shine a light on preventable blindness. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has been supporting Lions-led initiatives for decades to prevent blindness and empower those who are blind or visually impaired.

Our Sight for Kids partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC) is just one way we are working to provide vision care. The Sight for Kids program has screened the vision of more than 23 million schoolchildren in Asia Pacific, Kenya and Turkey. These children might not otherwise have access to vision screenings. This program provides glasses and follow-up care as needed and is for free to  children in need.

As your club prepares to recognize World Sight Day, please keep LCIF and Sight for Kids in mind. For every photo you share through the Donate a Photo app (USA, United Kingdom and Japan only), Johnson & Johnson will give US$1 to the Sight for Kids program. You can also download the Charity Miles app and raise money for Sight for Kids just by taking a walk. Both are easy ways to make a big impact around the world.

Please join LCIF and your fellow Lions by showing your support on World Sight Day and every day.


Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Read the rest of the September LCIF newsletter here


Guatemala has Conquered River Blindness

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Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, is a parasitic disease that afflicts the rural poor. It is caused by a worm that is spread from person to person through the bites of Simulium black flies that breed in rapid-flowing rivers and streams. The disease can cause intense itching, eye damage, and irreversible blindness, reducing an individual’s ability to work and learn. Worldwide, an estimated 120 million are at risk of being infected and 270,000 have been blinded by the disease, mostly in Africa. In addition to Africa and Latin America, onchocerciasis also is present in Yemen.

Since 1993, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$33 million to support the distribution of river blindness medicine, Mectizan®, to approximately 251 million people in 15 African and Latin American countries. SightFirst has worked in close partnership since 1999 with The Carter Center—a leader in the fight to end river blindness.

On September 29, 2106, Guatemala’s minister of health, Dr. Lucrecia Hernandez Mack, announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially verified the elimination of onchocerciasis from Guatemala. Guatemala is now the fourth country in the Americas to be verified free of this disease, after Colombia (2013), Ecuador (2014), and Mexico (2015).

LCIF congratulates the people and government of Guatemala, The Carter Center’s Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA), and many devoted Lions on this monumental achievement!


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