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Campaign 100: LCIF Empowering Service℠

For over 50 years, we’ve worked side-by-side with Lions to help them make an even bigger impact in communities around the world. We’re now launching our most ambitious capital campaign ever, with the goal of bringing more help and hope than ever before—empowering service for generations to come.
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Responding to the Needs of the World

We’re setting our sights on campaign goals that enable Lions’ service today and well into the future. To accomplish this, we’ll need the full support of every Lion. We know we can do it, because achieving great things together is what we do best.

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Interactive Global Map: LCIF Impact around the World

LCIF's reach spans the globe, supporting the efforts of Lions and clubs delivering care and compassion to world citizens in need. Access stories from near and far through this map, and check back often as new stories of hope and help are added.
CAMBODIA

US$30,000

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Expanding a School and Providing Clean Water

The Lions of District 356-F in Korea have received a Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Standard grant for US$30,000 to expand a school in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia.

Lions of Korea traveled to Cambodia to build the new classroom building on the school grounds. They also installed a water well which is providing clean water not only to the students but to the entire village. This project is expected to benefit more than 200 students and 500 community members each year.

PHILIPPINES

US$73,955

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School Repairs Delight Students and Community

A student’s eagerness to learn can quickly diminish when their school environment is distracting, unclean, and unsafe. After Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda), Tagdon Elementary School was destroyed. Lions in Germany wanted to help. They raised funds and secured a grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to renovate and expand the school. In the Philippines, Bulan Lions Club, a nearby club that regularly visits the school, was also able to contribute to the school’s exciting new beginning. 

With the money from the German Lions, LCIF, and Bulan Lions Club, three classroom buildings and nine classrooms were renovated. Repairs were made to the framing, roofing, ceilings, windows, doors, masonry, and electrical components. Interior and exterior painting brightened up the school to a welcoming yellow with attractive blue accents. In addition to the renovations to existing buildings, the project also funded the construction of a new building that houses a library, computer room, health clinic, and bathrooms.

Further proof that kindness matters, this project has helped cultivate a happy and healthy community. “This has been our hope [and] our help for the Filipinos because we know that by helping them [to have] a good education, we are helping them and their families. And, of course, the whole country, actually,” says Dr. Marlene Ruth Hermo-Koslowsky, Lion and former Tagdon Elementary School student.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Lions Quest

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Students in Anchorage Develop Life Skills through Lions Quest

Anchorage School District has been a nationwide leader in SEL programming for many years, but was searching for one unified program to implement across their middle schools. Lions recognized a unique opportunity; through their own network, they had connections with district leadership, and through LCIF, they had access to both funding and a proven SEL program.

The Lions of District 49A secured a grant from LCIF and from Northrim Bank, a local bank, to make Lions Quest possible for the Anchorage School District. Lions also attended the teacher training workshops and are still actively involved, meeting with school officials to discuss the program and Lions’ involvement in the school district and broader Anchorage community. The students in the Anchorage middle schools have already seen success since Lions Quest was implemented. Thomas, an eighth-grade student at Hanshew Middle School, has taken away a particularly important life lesson. “Lions Quest can’t change the things people do or say, but it helps explain how people should handle things when people do or say things [you] don’t like.” Another student, Ji, reflected on how the program is cultivating more positive behavior. “Lions Quest opens up positive options that we sometimes can’t see in ourselves.” Thanks to the Lions of District 49-A, their local partners, and LCIF, thousands of students in Anchorage are well on their way to a bright future.

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA

US$5,000

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) First Grant

June 9, 1972. In Rapid City, South Dakota, a cold front moved across the eastern slope of the Black Hills. Dew points rose as the air became heavy with clouds. By 6 p.m. a continuous line of thunderstorms blanketed the eastern Black Hills. Steep canyons funneled the water toward the dry plains. Water levels of Rapid Creek, above Rapid City, rose 12 feet in just two hours.

By 5 a.m. on June 10, Rapid Creek was again within its banks, but not without taking the lives of 238 people. Three thousand people were injured, and 1,335 homes were destroyed. Lions were among the first on the scene to provide help to the devastated community. The foundation made its first grant to District 5-SW for US$5,000 to assist the South Dakota flood victims, beginning a legacy that continues today!

CAMBODIA

US$30,000

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Expanding a School and Providing Clean Water

The Lions of District 356-F in Korea have received a Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Standard grant for US$30,000 to expand a school in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia.

Lions of Korea traveled to Cambodia to build the new classroom building on the school grounds. They also installed a water well which is providing clean water not only to the students but to the entire village. This project is expected to benefit more than 200 students and 500 community members each year.

PARAGUAY

US$200,000

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Ongoing Flood Relief

Through Major Catastrophe Grants, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) helps with long-term reconstruction projects to help victims begin to return to their lives and regain their independence.

LCIF provided a US$200,000 Major Catastrophe grant for relief in the wake of devastating floods that struck Paraguay in December 2015/January 2016. Lions and LCIF are still there, supporting communities as they rebuild.

Local Lions recently finished repairs on 5 primary schools that were destroyed by flood waters. Because of this important work, 1,725 students have been able to return to school.

BRAZIL

US$27,900

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Ease the Burden

The Lions of District LC-4 were recently awarded a Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Standard grant of US$27,900 to purchase a 15-passenger transportation vehicle and medical equipment for the association. Now, patients are transported in a more efficient and comfortable manner, and the home can provide improved medical care.

Through LCIF, communities gain access to education, technology, health care and many other life-changing improvements.

PUERTO RICO

US$100,000

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Work to Lift the Island from Hurricane Maria

Funds from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) emergency grant US$100,000 had arrived and were divided equally between the three districts. They used the money to pay for things like gas, warehouse space, and miscellaneous supplies they knew their community needed, such as bed sheets, toiletries, and even pet food.

For Lion Miriam Vázquez, that sounded like a good job for Lions. She called the three district governors—Ayala in the east, Emilio Colón Rodríguez in the central mountains, and Cristino Hernández on the west coast—to organize the shipment of supplies for regional distribution. “I told my Lions that supplies were coming,” Ayala says. “It was time to put some sweat into our vests.”

ITALY

US$54,267

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Hospitality Blooms

The Venezia Host and Venezia Angelo Partecipazio Lions clubs in Italy teamed up with the Koudougou Baobab Lions Club in Burkina Faso and Lions Clubs International (LCIF) to address food insecurity in several villages in the West African nation.

LCIF awarded US$54,267 to Italian Lions in support of the project, which was very successful. A drip irrigation system was put into a community garden, where women are trained to use the system and cultivate crops they can feed their families with. The Lions hope that these women will grow enough excess food that they may start their own village market and sell their produce for a profit, leading to economic stability and independence.

DELHI, INDIA

Lions Quest Program

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Preventing Violence

A young woman participates (thanks to the Lions Quest Program) in a gender-based violence prevention training in Delhi, India. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) collaborated with Breakthrough Communications PL and the Independent Television Service, Inc. (ITVS) to sponsor the training, which initially took place October 10 and 11, 2017, in conjunction with International Day of the Girl Child. The project promotes a positive school climate and safe learning environment for all students.

HAITI

US$10,000

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Disaster Relief

When Hurricane Matthew hit the Caribbean in October 2016, it quickly became the strongest storm to hit Haiti since 1964 and the third strongest for the nation on record. Bridges washed away. The Lions of Haiti—victims themselves—quickly went into service mode. They requested assistance from LCIF and were awarded an initial US$10,000 Emergency grant to address the immediate needs of the victims.

Twenty Lions and 10 Leos from Port-au-Prince traveled to Petit-Goâve to work with clubs there. Together, they distributed 550 relief kits to residents and later packed 1,500 kits of food and medicine that were distributed in Les Cayes.

SABAH, MALAYSIA

Dormitory built for children

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Humanitarian Support

SK Talantang is an elementary school located in rural Sabah, Malaysia, amongst tall rubber trees and marshy rice fields. Until recently, more than half of the children who attend the school had to walk up to four hours to school and four hours back home, often barefoot to preserve their shoes. During the rainy season, many students missed school due to the treacherous conditions.

Because of this commute, some parents did not enroll their children in school at all. Thanks to the efforts of Lions clubs in Korea, the Lions Club of Kota Kinabalu Host, and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), a dormitory was built to house 100 of these children. The dormitory is just a short walk from the school building and includes beds, bathrooms, a dining area, and a kitchen that serves meals five times per day. Many of the amenities are not available in their private homes. The children of SK Talantang are now able to live and study in a place suitable for learning.

COLOMBIA

Eliminating River Blindness

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Eliminating River Blindness

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Chairperson Wayne Madden joined Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at a special ceremony to congratulate President Juan Manuel Santos and the people of Colombia for becoming the first of six countries in the Americas to eliminate river blindness. Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, is a parasitic disease that can cause intense itching, eyesight damage, and irreversible blindness.

To advance the river blindness campaign in the Americas, LCIF donated more than US$6.3 million to The Carter Center, which has led the campaign to wipe out the disease in Latin America. River blindness was eliminated by providing a community-wide administration of the medicine ivermectin (Mectizan®, donated by Merck) to all people in the afflicted area, followed by three years of post-treatment surveillance to determine if transmission would recur. The elimination of the disease in Colombia was verified on April 5, 2013 by the World Health Organization.

AUSTRALIA

US$3.2 MILLION

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Focus on Childhood Cancer

The word “cancer” becomes a part of everyday life for the families of almost 800 Australian children per year. While advances in treatment have been able to save many of these children, there are still 20 percent who do not survive. To give kids a better chance, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation have committed US$3.2 million to go toward genome sequencing.

These funds will allow the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to sequence the unique genomes of 400 kids with high-risk, aggressive forms of cancer. Doctors will better understand their patients’ bodies and can then create precision treatment plans for them. Funds are now being raised for the creation of a database that can help children all around the world. Ava Bell, a 6-year-old survivor of neuroblastoma, joined Past International President Palmer on stage at Centennial Convention to thank LCIF for their support of the program. Before she exited the stage, Ava smiled as she said, “Keep raising money to help all children beat cancer like I did. Roar!”

ZAMBIA

7 Million Plus Children Vaccinated

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7 Million Plus Children Vaccinated

More than seven million children in Zambia were vaccinated against measles and rubella, thanks to the Lions of District 413, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

The number of children reached was actually 108 percent of the campaign’s goal. Doctor Victor Mudenda, a pathologist in Zambia and a Lion, was at the forefront of this initiative, organizing Lions’ efforts. Lions supported the remarkably successful mission as “foot soldiers” spreading the message through their communities. All 10 provinces of Zambia were reached by the campaign and now more than 7 million children are immune from this awful disease.

CHAD

From Trichiasis to Triumph

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From Trichiasis to Triumph

Pregnant and suffering from trichiasis, a dangerous eye condition, Mariam, a young woman in Chad, was not sure she could take proper care of her baby.

However, thanks to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), her eye problem was corrected shortly after giving birth. Mariam’s happy outcome is just one of millions from LCIF’s first half century. “When I was told that a [trichiasis] surgery camp would be organized, I was pregnant,” says Miriam, a young woman from Chad. “Two days after the delivery, I decided to get the operation and my husband brought me to the health center on our donkey. Now my eye doesn’t make me suffer, and I can take care of my baby.”

PHILIPPINES

US$73,955

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School Repairs Delight Students and Community

A student’s eagerness to learn can quickly diminish when their school environment is distracting, unclean, and unsafe. After Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda), Tagdon Elementary School was destroyed. Lions in Germany wanted to help. They raised funds and secured a grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to renovate and expand the school. In the Philippines, Bulan Lions Club, a nearby club that regularly visits the school, was also able to contribute to the school’s exciting new beginning. 

With the money from the German Lions, LCIF, and Bulan Lions Club, three classroom buildings and nine classrooms were renovated. Repairs were made to the framing, roofing, ceilings, windows, doors, masonry, and electrical components. Interior and exterior painting brightened up the school to a welcoming yellow with attractive blue accents. In addition to the renovations to existing buildings, the project also funded the construction of a new building that houses a library, computer room, health clinic, and bathrooms.

Further proof that kindness matters, this project has helped cultivate a happy and healthy community. “This has been our hope [and] our help for the Filipinos because we know that by helping them [to have] a good education, we are helping them and their families. And, of course, the whole country, actually,” says Dr. Marlene Ruth Hermo-Koslowsky, Lion and former Tagdon Elementary School student.

BANGKOK

Sight for Kids

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Sight for Kids - Yodying

Like millions of children around the world, Yodying Lee of Bangkok was visually impaired. She had her first vision screening through Sight for Kids at age 7, and a serious eye condition was detected. Thanks to Sight for Kids, a partnership program of LCIF and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, she received surgery and rehab care at a hospital in Thailand.

LAS VEGAS

Campaign 100

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101st LCICon – Campaign 100

At the 101st Lions Clubs International Convention Lions and Leos roared with pride. Once they began learning about Campaign 100 their enthusiasm and support was contagious.

Our Third Plenary featured Capital Campaign Chair PIP Dr. Yamada and Campaign Vice-Chair PIP Frank Moore. They shared campaign goals with the audience and explained how Campaign 100 will enable LCIF to increase service impact and expand global causes. The tone was exciting and motivational, and well received by our Lions and Leos in the audience with multiple applauses, cheers, and enthusiasm, especially after the Campaign 100 launch video was featured. Take a look at our campaign launch video to learn more about our most ambitious capital fundraising campaign.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Lions Quest

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Students in Anchorage Develop Life Skills through Lions Quest

Anchorage School District has been a nationwide leader in SEL programming for many years, but was searching for one unified program to implement across their middle schools. Lions recognized a unique opportunity; through their own network, they had connections with district leadership, and through LCIF, they had access to both funding and a proven SEL program.

The Lions of District 49A secured a grant from LCIF and from Northrim Bank, a local bank, to make Lions Quest possible for the Anchorage School District. Lions also attended the teacher training workshops and are still actively involved, meeting with school officials to discuss the program and Lions’ involvement in the school district and broader Anchorage community. The students in the Anchorage middle schools have already seen success since Lions Quest was implemented. Thomas, an eighth-grade student at Hanshew Middle School, has taken away a particularly important life lesson. “Lions Quest can’t change the things people do or say, but it helps explain how people should handle things when people do or say things [you] don’t like.” Another student, Ji, reflected on how the program is cultivating more positive behavior. “Lions Quest opens up positive options that we sometimes can’t see in ourselves.” Thanks to the Lions of District 49-A, their local partners, and LCIF, thousands of students in Anchorage are well on their way to a bright future.

NAUGATUCK, CONNECTICUT

KidSight

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A Discovery Thanks to KidSight USA

A Seven-year-old Vivian did not know she had a vision problem—after all, how could she? Thankfully, a Lions KidSight USA vision screening caught her problem in time. Naugatuck, Connecticut’s local Lions club sponsored a free vision screening—KidSight USA—at Salem Elementary. During the routine screening, Lions volunteers discovered an issue in seven-year-old Vivian’s vision that was previously undetected. Vivian had never complained of poor eyesight, and it hadn’t affected her schoolwork or playtime.

Upon receiving the Lions’ findings, Vivian’s mother, Sarah, took her daughter for a professional eye exam. Her daughter was diagnosed with refractive amblyopia, sometimes known as “lazy eye.” Vivian’s vision was easily corrected with prescription eyeglasses. Now aware of the issue, her eye doctor will continue to monitor Vivian’s eye health through regular checkups. Sight is precious. Every year, LCIF empowers Lions to help hundreds of thousands of people worldwide identify and address vision issues.

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