The Lions Step In
In Germany, Lions and LCIF are reaching across borders to help children in need. That’s why they partner with Peace Village International and support a place where children can receive medical care. “Where else can you see so many children from all over the world come together and receive the kind of help they could never get at home,” says Norbert Battenhausen of the Wetzlar Solms Lions Club. “Making a home away from home for these kids is important to Lions. With support from LCIF, Lions have partnered with Peace Village to make sure the children have medicine they need, an updated kitchen to prepare warm meals and a secure place to rest and recuperate.”
Open to Everyone
The Peace Village helps children from all over the world, like 11-year old Mohebullah, who lost his hand in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan. He came to the Peace Village for rehabilitation following an operation to give him the chance to use his injured arm effectively. Children like Mohebullah receive months of physical therapy before returning home to their families. “The treatment here is really a chance at survival – it makes it possible for children to lead an independent life,” according to Heike Bruckmann of Peace Village International.
What children receive at the Peace Village goes far beyond new limbs and improved health. By living, working and healing together, they develop new friendships, a new outlook on life and a new understanding of peace.
At any one time, as many as 300 children – from infants to teenagers – are receiving treatment for burns, infections, and injuries. Since 1967, Peace Village has treated nearly 42,000 children.