Updated January 11, 2010
Lions Clubs International Foundation is committed to aiding communities affected by disasters, including the flooding in Pakistan. Lions Clubs International Foundation provided US$150,000 to help Lions in providing immediate relief to their communities, including food, shelter and medicine. Additionally, Linos around the world have donated US$628,000 in designed funds to help support long-term reconstruction project.
More than 20 million people have been affected and displaced, representing eight percent of the country, and 1,500 people are dead, following the the most damaging flooding in 80 years.
In the immediate days following the disaster, 24 Lions clubs in Karachi provided 6 trucks of food supplies. The 2,600 bags of food rations included rice, dry milk, daal, water and juices for affected people in the city of Dadu. Lions joined the army in helping personally distribute the food. Karachi New Metro Lions Club donated medicines to the army for distribution, and the Karachi Bath Lions Club donated food and other goods in the cities of Dadu and Nowshehra. Sialkot City Campus Lions drove 1,900 kilometers/1,180 miles to deliver water and blankets to people in need.District 305-S1, in collaboration with the Red Crescent Society, established a tent city for 100 families at Lait Village.
Lions around the world are helping support this disaster. Some examples of Lions' generosity include:
For questions, please contact LCIF at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 203-3836. Board policy states that designated funds are not eligible for Melvin Jones Fellowship credit. Donors wishing to receive Melvin Jones Fellowship credit may wish to consider instead making a donation to the LCIF general fund. Undesignated donations for MJFs and PMJFs make up as much as 70 percent of the donations to the Foundation's general fund, which supports standard grants, emergency grants and major catastrophe grants.
Donations from U.S. residents are tax deductible. Donations from residents of other countries are tax deductible as permitted by the individual's country tax laws.
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world with 1.35 million members in 206 geographic areas and countries. LCIF was ranked by a Financial Times' study as the number one non-governmental organization with which to partner. Learn more about LCIF online at www.lcif.org.