Raising Environmental Awareness in Children

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“Lions Club is a voluntary service organization that does not expect something in return, and its strength will increase with every single person. That’s why I wanted to join this community,” said Nazan Sagir, Head of District 118-T Environmental Awareness Committee and member of the Samanyolu Lions Club in Turkey.

The Environmental Awareness Committee of District 118-T prepared a children’s book with the belief that environmental awareness should be developed during the early stages of childhood. “Multiple clubs from District 118-T, members from our community, teachers from the elementary schools, and my family gave their support to this project,” says Nazan.

The book has been distributed to 6,000 children since the beginning of this year. Their goal is to reach a total of at least 10,000.

How is your club improving environmental awareness in children? Share your story!



Read the June LION Magazine

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In the June LION Magazine, check out some service projects as varied and interesting as the clubs that perform them. Also, take a look at how Lions service has enriched the lives of others worldwide. You’ll also find out:

  • What 89,000 colored beads look like when integrated into an intricate reproduction of the 2012 Lions International Peace Poster;
  • What one club is doing to support the competitors in the 2015 Special Olympics Summer World Games, in Los Angeles, in July;
  • How Lions are bringing precious aid to war refugees in Syria;
  • The dramatic difference that one Lions Club has made for street children in Mumbai.

In the digital Lion, watch a special report about the 27th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest; read a 1932 retrospective about how a club in Montana unified a community; see a Braille cookbook published in 1960.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to audio versions of the magazine.

A young boy receives medical treatment at a Lions Nirman Health Center clinic near Mumbai.

Street Children in Mumbai Get a Second Chance

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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. 


Today is World Environment Day

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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:

  • Developing an awareness campaign around environmental issues
  • Bringing food that would otherwise be wasted to a soup kitchen
  • Creating a sustainable community garden
  • Decreasing your community’s plastic waste consumption by encouraging others to use reusable water bottles and tote bags.

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?


Lions Quest Takes Top Honors in New CASEL Guide

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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.Lions Quest logo

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 lionsquest@lionsclubs.org.


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