In fiscal year 2014-2015, Lions, our partners and friends generously donated US$39.82 million to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). The Foundation awarded 530 grants totaling more than US$43.7 million.
Because of your generosity and compassion, 9.4 million people received critical eye care services, millions of children were
vaccinated against measles and rubella, and 14,100 victims of natural disasters received emergency relief.
Read LCIF’s Annual Report for 2014-2015 to learn how your donations continue to change lives and build our foundation of service.
Also in this issue:
In the Digital LION, watch videos commemorating Melvin Jones’ birthday this month, learn about the Digital LION Featured Club and see the Higher Key Award recipients.
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The newest Lions Centennial video, “Growth and Expansion,” provides a historical account of how Lions have strategically expanded in the last 100 years to become the world’s largest service club organization. Understanding that more hands means more service, Lions have spent the last century working to grow membership in order to make a bigger impact worldwide. What began as a club for businessmen to network and do good in their communities has become an organization of men, women, youth and families across the globe committed to helping others. What will the next century bring?
In 1928, Gandhi laid the cornerstone of a school for blind, deaf and disabled students in Ahmedabad. That original building is still in use today. A year and a half ago, I laid the cornerstone for a new building at that school. During my latest trip to India, I was lucky enough to stand beside International President Yamada as he officially opened the new building.
As clubs, districts and multiple districts come together during this LCIF Week, remember that LCIF is the cornerstone of service. Service looks different all around the world. In your area, it might be vision screenings, beach cleanups, or vaccinations. Whatever service looks like in your community, know that LCIF is there to support you while you bring hope and comfort to those around you.
I also want to remind you that your donations to LCIF help make it possible for Lions to meet the growing needs of people around the world. Thank you for your generous support of LCIF.
LCIF has laid the cornerstone, and you Lions are building upon it every day!
Together in Service,
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions are working to reduce poverty. Through microenterprise, small loans are awarded to individuals to help them purchase supplies and equipment needed to start their own businesses. These individuals are then able to provide for themselves and their families, and to contribute to their communities.
LCIF believes that microenterprise is an important opportunity to support and promote economic well-being for men and women who live at or below the poverty level, have limited skills and wish to improve their financial situation.
The Lions of District 411-A in Kenya, in partnership with ASA Kenya, secured a microenterprise grant from LCIF to help women in and around Kibera. Watch the video above to see the impact of the project in that region.
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