Lions Clubs International Foundation mobilized more than US$21 million for Japan relief efforts, including LCIF grants and donations from Lions around the world.
With more than 100,000 Lions in Japan, relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 were quickly underway. Read the stories of three Lions clubs who were particularly devastated from the tsunami online here.
Our Japan Relief Efforts
Among other projects, LCIF helped Lions provide equipment and supplies to support victims who were relocated to transitional housing; provide major medical equipment for hospitals, including a full-body radiation detection unit, ophthalmology equipment and an x-ray machine; and assistance for an economic revival project.
Other LCIF relief effort grants included:
US$1 million to provide 2,000 high pressure cleaners to reduce radiation levels; the cleaners will be used to remove or clean the surfaces of private buildings and later households, helping an estimated 200,000 people.
US$1.2 million to provide kitchen supplies and equipment for three locations along the coast of Tohoku to help revitalize Japan's seafood restaurant and manufacturing industry. The local government provided the land and buildings.
US$1.5 million to fund a special victims’ assistance fund and Lions command and operation centers in Japan, focusing on long-term relief needs.
US$397,403 to help construct two coin laundries in Minami Sanriku and Ishinomaki, because many people in the heavily damaged areas did not have access to clothing washers and dryers. Lions also worked with the government to provide the land. To help reestablish regular Lions' meetings, each location included a community meeting space. It is expected 3,000 people will use the facilities.
US$311,688 to provide emergency radio equipment for temporary housing, where the signal and announcements were unavailable. The 3,000 units benefited an estimated 30,000 people.
Lions also worked with the Tasuki Project, an organization that delivers personalized bags of items to disaster victims, to help fund the delivery of these bags. Additionally, Lions met with Japan Red Cross to formulate mid- to long-term joint relief solutions, including blood drives to address the severe shortage.
Thank You for Your Help
Donors can be confident that funds entrusted to LCIF will support initiatives that impact communities and change lives. The Foundation has more than 40 years of experience in disaster relief, and all funds are administered by local Lions in the area.
"On behalf of all Lions of Japan, we wish to thank all of you for your support," said Lions Clubs Past International Director Yasumasa Furo. Lions were appreciative of the immediate response of the Foundation and Lions worldwide.
Donations can be made to LCIF's Disaster Fund to support this disaster and other disasters around the world.