I am sure you were equally shocked when you learned of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile. As with the Haiti earthquake and other past natural catastrophes, LCIF responds quickly to ensure those impacted get the aid they need, but the Foundation is also committed to long-term relief.
Our efforts continue in Haiti, where Maureen and I visited last week. We were amazed to see what the Lions of Haiti are doing to restore stability to their country and know that the Lions of Chile will bring the same service to their communities.
Together, we are all working to bring hope to the people affected, displaced and suffering.
Responding to the Chilean Earthquake
LCIF is committed to bringing aid to communities impacted by the recent earthquake in Chile. The earthquake is one of the largest ever recorded, resulting in more than 800 deaths and leaving 2 million people displaced. Three emergency grants have already been awarded, each for US$10,000, to Districts T-1, T-2 and T-3 in Chile. District T-3 includes the city of Concepcion, one of the hardest hit areas in the country. Visit the LCIF Web site for the most current news updates.
Tent Cities Give Haitian People Home, Hope
Three tent cities, housing 3,000 people total, have been established in the Port-au-Prince neighborhoods of Delmas, Blanchard and Carrefour-Feuille and an additional 240 tents are being sent to the region. Lions are now working to fully equip these tent cities with sanitation, kitchens and health clinics. Still, the creation of more permanent housing is becoming increasingly important as the rainy season approaches. The need will be great for many more years to come, and LCIF’s long-term efforts ensure that communities, lives and families will be rebuilt.
Partnering to Further Immediate and Long-term Impact
Lions are working with local leaders, government officials and other non-governmental organizations (NGO) in Haiti to further leverage our immediate and long-term impact. While on a visit to Haiti last week, Chairperson Brandel, along with other Lions leadership, met with the United States Ambassador to Haiti, the Mayor of Port-au-Prince and other NGOs. They all pledged their support to Lions’ efforts. LCIF’s experience in rebuilding communities after past natural catastrophes has shown the importance of establishing partnerships for the long-term.
Multiple Districts Supporting Disaster Relief Efforts
To all of you who have so generously supported relief efforts in Haiti, thank you. A number of multiple districts have made significant contributions to demonstrate their commitment to helping rebuild Haiti.
• MD 112, Belgium, US$190,000
• MD 116, Spain, US$100,000
• MD 104, Norway, US$86,000
• Lions in New England, U.S., US$60,000
• MD 110, Netherlands, US$42,000
• MD 107, Finnish Lions Association US$57,000
• MD 51, Puerto Rico, US$33,000
• MD 330, Japan, US$32,000
To view a full listing of generous individual, club, district and multiple district support to LCIF's Haiti Earthquake Relief fund, visit the Lions respond page on-line.
Make a Donation, Support LCIF Disaster Relief
Continued support is needed to ensure that LCIF can provide immediate relief when disasters like the Haiti and Chile earthquakes occur. If you have not donated, you can still help provide relief by donating online.
Your Donation Can Provide
Water, Food and Clothing:
$25 - $50
$100 - $250
Re-build and Establish Community Infrastructure:
$500 - $1,000
Help Our Long-term Rebuilding Efforts:
Lion Shares His Story
"I am really happy to be a Lion and be a part of the response of Lions International to the disaster in Haiti. As part of my contribution, both as a Lion and an Environmental Health Specialist, I was in Haiti for seven days to assist in the delivery of health care and the distribution of food. It was quite a sobering experience, and I hope to continue to lend my expertise to the people of Haiti."
Message from Haitian Lion
View a message from William Eliacin, Zone Chairperson, Haiti, requesting for Lions around the world to support LCIF’s Haiti relief efforts.
The Foundation continues to promote LCIF’s relief efforts in Haiti and Chile to both Lions and the general public. To see a full listing of media coverage, visit the publicity page of the Web site.