Lions are committed to rebuilding communities following disasters for as long as it takes. Our Haiti earthquake relief efforts remain ongoing, and individuals and families throughout Port-au-Prince are benefiting from Lions’ caring work. Thanks to the generous support of Lions around the world, we’re mobilizing more than US$6 million for projects developed by Lions in Haiti to meet needs that other organizations are not.
Lions are helping 600 families move from Lions’ tent cities into new homes. The homes are a joint initiative between LCIF, the Lions of MD111 Germany and HELP, an international non-governmental organization (NGO). LCIF is providing US$1.4 million for this project that will erect transitional homes directly on a family's plot of land to avoid the hardship of further displacement. Lions in Haiti have an active role in the project. View photos of new homes in Haiti.
Helping to rebuild the health care system is also a priority for Lions. The earthquake destroyed the National Nurse’s School of Port-au-Prince, and killed more than 100 students and teachers. Even before the earthquake, there was a shortage of trained healthcare professionals, especially nurses, in the country.
With funding support from LCIF for US$368,421 – or 27 percent of the total project cost of US$1,363,562 – Lions will make a lasting impact on the health care system by funding construction and equipment expenses for a new National Nurse’s School. The project is in partnership with HumaniTerra International (HTI), an NGO devoted to surgery. The new building will consist of prefabricated containers, which are durable, storm and earthquake resistant and will allow for a short construction time.