LCIF Helps to Ease the Burden in Brazil

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The Father Tiãozinho Cancer Patient Support Association was founded in 2004 to serve cancer patients who travel to Monte Claros for treatment from other parts of Mina Gerais, Brazil.

For the first nine years, the association arranged home stays for traveling patients through a network of volunteer families. Each patient was given transportation to and from treatments, as well.  In 2013, the association proudly opened a 32-bed extended stay home located near two of Monte Claros’ major hospitals. The home provides cancer patients with a centralized place for lodging, meals, occupational therapy, and transportation to and from treatment. Each patient is accompanied by a family member or friend who stays with them for the duration of their treatment. Local Lions clubs’ fundraising helps to pay the home’s operating costs.

Though the association continued to grow, its fleet of vehicles did not. The association was using a five-passenger vehicle for all of its transportation needs, and the limited space caused delays in getting patients to their treatments.

The Lions of District LC-4 were recently awarded an LCIF Standard grant of US$27,900 to purchase a 15-passenger transportation vehicle and medical equipment for the association. Now, patients are transported in a more efficient and comfortable manner and the home is able to provide improved medical care.

Through standard grant projects, communities gain access to education, technology, health care and many other life-changing improvements. If your club has identified a need in your community that is beyond the scope of traditional club and/or district fundraising activities, a Standard grant could provide matching funds from up to US$100,000 to help you make a real difference right where you live. Review the Standard Grant Criteria & Application today to get started!



LCIF Awards 25 Disaster Relief and Emergency Grants, July 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 July 2016, LCIF awarded 25 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$215,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

California, USA, District 4-A2
US$10,000 for wildfire relief

India, District 323-C
US$5,000 for flood relief

West Virginia, USA, District 29-L
US$10,000 for flood relief

India, District 321-C1
US$5,000 for landslide relief13

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

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

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-A3
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-C3
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-C2
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-C1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-E2
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-A1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-B2
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Rep of Bangladesh, District 315-B1Earthquake China
US$5,000 for flood relief

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

Nepal, District 325-A2
US$5,000 for flood relief

France, District 103-IE
US$10,000 for flood relief

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

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-G1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-B1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 322-F
US$10,000 for flood relief

Nepal, District 325-A1
US$5,000 for flood relief

Indonesia, District 307-B1
US$10,000 for flood relief

Burkina Faso, District 403-A1
US$10,000 for flood relief

Nepal, District 325-B2
US$5,000 for flood relief

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

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Touchstone Story: United Nations

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As World War II raged, leaders of the Allied nations looked beyond the end of the conflict and held talks on a world body for preserving peace–an entity that would be stronger than the toothless League of Nations. Lions rallied behind the idea. In 1943 in Cleveland at their international convention, Lions endorsed a U.S. House of Representatives resolution calling for an international peacekeeping mechanism once the fighting ended.

In February 1945, Lions’ founder Melvin Jones gathered with leaders of other national groups to meet with Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau Jr. and Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Archibald MacLeish to discuss forming a United Nations. In April Lions headquarters asked clubs to hold a United Nations week to show support for the initiative.

Lion Clubs International was one of the first nongovernmental organizations invited to assist in drafting the U.N. Charter. Jones, International President D.A. Skeen of Salt Lake City, Utah, and future International President Fred W. Smith of Ventura, California, helped to formulate the NGO section of the charter and participated in developing the U.N.’s humanitarian mission. On June 26, 1945, the U.N. charter was signed by the representatives of 50 countries.

Two years later in 1947, in recognition of the importance of Lions Clubs to its mission, the United Nations gave Lions consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council, committed to the welfare of people worldwide. For generations, Lions and the U. N. have shared many common goals and worked together to further peace and prosperity.

Each year Lions and the U.N. celebrate their relationship. Begun in 1978, Lions Day with the U.N. calls together leaders from government, business and the nonprofit sector to explore solutions to pressing global needs. The annual event features a keynote address by a recognized world leader, expert panel discussions and, since 1989, the awards ceremony for the winners of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest encouraging young people to express their perspectives on peace. Lions Day is punctuated with a reception for U.N. diplomats, Lions, speakers and guests to celebrate this special and enduring relationship.

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YCE Youth Spotlight: Chelsee Augusta Moe

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As a part of the August Engaging Our Youth Centennial Service Challenge, we’re featuring spotlights on Lions Youth Camp and Exchange chairpersons and participants. Today’s spotlight is on Chelsee Augusta Moe, a 2015 YCE participant who is now a news anchor in Minnesota. Learn how you can get involved with Lions Youth Camps and Exchange!

The Lions Club has changed my life and it is something that I am forever thankful for. After I graduated college from the University of Arizona, I decided that before I started applying for “real” jobs I wanted to travel. This dream of mine was quickly knocked down when I didn’t have the funds or organization to do so.

Some very close family friends told me about the Lions Youth Camp and Exchange program. I couldn’t believe that a group such as this really existed; I was in awe. I applied to go to Italy and was able to go last summer. The people that I met while I was there and the experiences that I had forever changed my life and shaped me into the person that I am.

I was able to stay with a host family that I fell in love with, eat new foods and travel a new country. But the best part of it all was the people that I met along the way.

I met people from far and wide… Japan, Canada, Denmark, Hungary and many more. These people taught me how to love and how to be accepting. They taught me to get out of my comfort zone and to never let anything stop me. These people are now friends that I will have for the rest of my life.

Even though I am back in the states now working as a News Anchor in Minnesota, I remember things that I learned in Italy in my day to day life. In fact, the Lions here have already asked me to join their club. It is a group I will always be a part of and one that anyone can find all over the world. I am forever thankful for the Lions club and my experiences in Italy.


LCIF Congratulates BCVI on 35 Years of Saving Sight

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is a leader in providing support for preventing avoidable blindness and restoring sight for people around the world. Our sight programs include developing and improving eye care systems, providing sight-restoring surgeries and treatments, and distributing medications to those most at-risk for eye diseases.

Since 1990, LCIF’s SightFirst program has played a key role in reducing global blindness. With a focus on building comprehensive and sustainable eye care systems, SightFirst provides funding for projects that deliver eye care services, build or strengthen eye care facilities, train professionals and build awareness about eye health in underserved communities.

In January 2000, the Belize City Lions Club received a US$260,000 SightFirst grant to eliminate the cataract backlog in Belize within five years and establish the country’s first specialized public eye care center. This was a collaborative effort with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI), the Ministry of Health, PAHO, CBM, and Sight Savers International. The grant funded the completion and furnishing of the eye clinic’s hostel, purchased ophthalmic equipment and provided training for eye care professionals. Ultimately, the successful project more than doubled the number of cataract surgeries performed each year, provided specialized diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma treatment, and offered patients and families an affordable place to stay while receiving care away from home.

In August 2013, the Lions of Belize received a US$192,326 SightFirst grant for the detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy throughout Belize. The funds equipped the National Eye Clinic and five satellite clinics, in partnership with BCVI. Five optometrists, two nurses, and four assistants were trained on equipment use, identification, and referral of patients with diabetic retinopathy. One ophthalmologist was trained on laser surgery, enabling the provision of diabetic retinopathy laser treatment year round. The funds also allowed for the development of a diabetic retinopathy public awareness campaign, in partnership with the Ministry of Health’s Community Health Workers. Since 2013, 1,551 patients have been screened and 362 have received laser treatment.

Congratulations, BCVI, on 35 years of fulfilling your mission to prevent and cure blindness, restore sight, and to rehabilitate and educate people who are blind to enable them to use their talents and abilities to live independent lives. Here’s to 35 more!



Video: Promoting Literacy in Indonesia

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Canada Dog Guides on Rick Mercer Report

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Video: The Leo Harlem Shake

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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LQ: Protecting Hawaii’s Environment

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The January 2013 Lions Quarterly features a segment about how Lions in Hawaii protect their state’s beautiful landscape. The Lions work closely with city leaders and organizations to…