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Sep
15

Fighting Eye Diseases That Cause Blindness

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“With the support and commitment of hundreds of thousands of Lions, who strive to alleviate the unnecessary suffering caused by eye diseases, The Carter Center and its partners are poised to win the fight against river blindness in the Western Hemisphere.” – Former U.S. President, Nobel Laureate and Lion Jimmy Carter, Co-Founder and Trustee, The Carter Center

River blindness

Approximately 120 million people in Africa and Latin America are at risk of contracting onchocerciasis, or “river blindness,” and despite major advances in control, 18 million people remain heavily infected. Since LCIF’s SightFirst program and The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, first forged a partnership in 1999, just over 153 million people in Africa and Latin America have received treatments of Mectizan for river blindness. LCIF has awarded The Carter Center more than US$40 million to help support its battle to eradicate this devastating, but easily preventable, disease.

Receiving these simple treatments for river blindness has transformed the lives of people in 15 countries, giving them a chance to live more productive lives, stay in their home villages without fear of contracting river blindness and be free of the debilitating effects of this disease. As this important project continues, the goal is for river blindness to actually come to a halt; in fact, the eradication of the disease in Latin America is projected for 2012. In 2008, Colombia became the first of the six river blindness endemic nations to break the transmission of onchocerciasis. In March 2010, Ecuador became the second nation in the Americas to halt the transmission of onchocerciasis.

Trachoma

LCIF also is partnering with The Carter Center to battle trachoma in two African nations. Trachoma is one of the oldest known infectious diseases and the leading cause of preventable blindness, affecting 6 million people and putting another 500 million at risk. LCIF has provided US$10 million for eight ongoing projects and funding assistance to The Carter Center. Funds help support tens of thousands of operations, training medical professionals, providing medicines and strengthening eye care centers in underserved areas.

Together, LCIF and The Carter Center will continue battling these eye diseases that cause blindness and unnecessary suffering. “Thanks to our partners, we see the success of our work in the eyes of children who will never go blind and in the faces of parents who now have hope that their lives can improve,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

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Sep
15

LQ: Lions Multi-Generation House

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Multi-Generation houses, located in communities around Germany, offer many different activities to bring children, adults and seniors together in support of one another. The Troisdorf Lions Club in Germany got involved with their local Multi-Generation house, which helps support the city’s large immigrant population. Learning a second language can be difficult, but with the help of the Troisdorf Lions, immigrant women are learning how to read and write German –helping them better integrate into the community.

Watch the clip above to see how the Troisdorf Lions Club is helping immigrants and children feel at home in the local culture. You can view the entire July Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.

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Sep
12

Ask a Lion: IP Joe Preston

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What questions do you have for our International President, Joe Preston?Is there anything you would like to know about Lions- our future, our membership, our projects? Well, now you have a chance to ask him. President Preston is the guest Lion for the new Ask a Lion page in an upcoming issue of the LION magazine.

You can submit your questions by posting a comment to our Ask a Lion Facebook post or by emailing us at lionmagazine@lionsclubs.org. President Preston will choose several questions to answer in the LION magazine.

If you had the chance to sit and chat with our International President, what would you ask?

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Sep
11

Deadline for Peace Poster Contest Kits

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The theme for the 2014-15 Peace Poster Contest is “Peace, Love and Understanding.” Students ages 11, 12 and 13 are eligible to participate. If you are interested in sponsoring the Lions International Peace Poster Contest, the deadline to order a kit is October 1st. To order online, go to Club Supplies (Item Search: Peace Poster Kit). These kits are available in all 11 of our official languages.

Lions all over the world are working towards a common goal –serving 100 million people by 2017 as part of the Centennial Service Challenge. The Peace Poster Contest falls under the Global Service Action Campaign of Engaging Our Youth. In order for your service to count towards this goal, record your activity on MyLCI. You can then post your activity on Facebook and other social media sites by using the hashtag #LIONS100 so that other clubs can see how you’re making an impact.

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Sep
10

Lions in Turkey Do Crafts with Kids

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The Izmir Turk Cyber Lions Club in D118-R Turkey organized “Days of Creativity.” During the month of August, the Lions held a two day event doing crafts with a group of six 10-year-old children. Under the theme of “protecting the environment, nature and animals” the children created crowns, cars and other toys out of used paper towel rolls, and decorated reusable cloth tote bags. At the end of the day, the children received certificates to take home with them.

Engaging Our Youth projects are part of the Centennial Service Challenge, in which Lions are encouraged to serve 100 million people by 2017. Record your activities through MyLCI and share your service activity on Facebook and other social media sites. By using the hashtag #LIONS100, you allow clubs all over the world to see how you are making a difference.

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How are you engaging youth in your community?  

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