Mumbai, the glittering capital of Maharashtra, is the wealthiest city in India. With a population of 18.4 million people, Mumbai is home to more millionaires and billionaires than any other city in India. Yet the metropolis suffers from widespread abject poverty and entrenched unemployment, and public health services are lacking for those who need them most. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions in India are taking giant steps to aid those in need.
For nearly 30 years, the Lions Nirman Health Center has offered consultation and treatment in the specialties of ophthalmology, gynecology, dentistry, pathology and physiotherapy to hundreds of lower- and middle income families. The Lions of District 323-A3 were recently awarded a US$30,000 LCIF Standard grant to provide equipment to the Lions Nirman Health Center in Mumbai. The center is owned and operated by the Versova Lions Club. Thanks to LCIF and local Lions, the center will be able to help even more people with faster, more modern technology.
Aside from the lack of access to health care in Mumbai, homelessness is also a major social problem. The Lions of District 323-A2 are working with the Samatol Foundation, a nongovernmental organization that aids street children, to care for homeless and runaway children who are loitering at train depots or on the streets.
Until recently, Lions had nowhere to take them for rehabilitation. Now, Lions have received an LCIF Standard grant of US$26,822 to establish a home for street children. This grant allows local Lions to expand the partnership with Samatol Foundation to continue to provide vital services to the children who need them most.
Six times annually, street children are picked up at train stations and taken to a rehabilitation camp at the home, where they receive food, shelter, counseling and medical care in a structured setting. The goal of the camp is to reunite the children with their families. If that is not possible, the children are placed with organizations that can provide long-term assistance such as vocational training. Either way, the camp aims to keep children from returning to the streets. The camp serves more than 240 children each year.
LCIF and local Lions are actively working to improve access to quality health services and social supports for disadvantaged youth in and around Mumbai. For information on how your Lions club can apply for an LCIF Standard Grant, visit www.lcif.org.
*This story originally appeared in the June 2015 edition of LION Magazine.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has declared that the theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” Part of protecting our environment is taking on the responsibility in proper management of our natural resources. During our Centennial Service Challenge, Lions have a special opportunity to raise environmental awareness in their communities. Consider projects such as:
Report your club’s World Environment Day activities to MyLCI to receive centennial recognition, and don’t forget to share pictures and videos on social media!
What is your club doing to celebrate World Environment Day?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of acquiring the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to understand and manage emotions, achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy, maintain healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Lions Quest is Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) comprehensive youth development program for teaching SEL, character education, bullying prevention, drug awareness, and service-learning.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. CASEL helps make evidence-based SEL an integral part of education from preschool through high school.Throughresearch, practice and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.
CASEL has just released its 2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Middle and High School Edition, which rates well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs used in middle and high schools. Lions Quest: Skills for Adolescence is one of only nine programs of the 380 reviewed that received top honors, earning a spot on the Guide’s “SELect” list, meaning they had demonstrated positive effects, such as improved academics and reduced problem behavior.
Lions Quest features three developmentally appropriate program levels—Skills for Growing (grades K-5), Skills for Adolescence (grades 6-8), and Skills for Action (grades 9-12)—that promote a caring, safe, well-managed, and participatory learning environment and allows students to develop 21st century life skills.
For information on how your club can help launch Lions Quest in your area, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All nine clubs from a zone in Minnesota joined together to tackle two large projects in one weekend. Their first project consisted of planting different grasses and plants along the banks of the river to help prevent erosion. The second project focused on relieving the hunger in their community. The clubs packed 10,000 bags of macaroni and cheese mix. These packaged bags were then sent to their local food pantry. For one club, these projects might have seemed overwhelming, but when Lions come together, there’s nothing they can’t do!
Check out the video above and see how Minnesota Lions team up to address issues such as erosion and hunger in their community. You can watch the entire April Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.
When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Emergency Grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. In May 2015, LCIF provided 6 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$55,000.
These grants are addressing immediate needs in:
El Salvador, District D-2
$5,000 for tidal wave relief
Honduras, District D-6
$10,000 for tidal wave relief
Tanzania, District 411-B
$10,000 for tornado relief
Texas, USA, District 2-S3
$10,000 for flood relief
Mexico, District B-3
$10,000 for tornado relief
Texas, USA, District 2-S2
$10,000 for flood relief
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