Lions Clubs International Foundation has extensive experience in providing immediate and long-term relief following disasters. Local Lions and Lions leaders assess the immediate needs and develop a long-term reconstruction plan; LCIF staff is involved in planning. We stay for as long as it takes to finish the disaster work, and help give victims their lives back. Read more about our disaster work in our Disaster Prospectus.
Providing Disaster Relief through LCIF
- Each year the Foundation awards millions in grants for disaster relief. Over the last 10 years, the Foundation has given over US$100 million.
- Mobilized US$6 million for Haiti earthquake relief, US$15 million following South Asia tsunami, US$5 million for Hurricane Katrina projects in four U.S. states, US$3 million for China earthquake and US$3 million following September 11, 2001 devastation, and assistance for countless other catastrophes.
- Donors can be confident that funds entrusted to LCIF will support initiatives that impact communities and change lives.
- Projects carried out by Lions in the community, a vast grassroots network of 1.35 million Lions members in 207 countries and regions worldwide.
- View a video highlighting LCIF's disaster relief work.
Relief Following Superstorm Sandy in the USA
Lions Clubs International Foundation mobilized US$240,000 to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, including a US$100,000 major catastrophe grant. Some examples of LCIF grants in action include:
- Connecticut, District 23-C: The Lions ALERT team worked to provide community meals at shelters and other sites where meals are needed.
- Maryland, District 22-B: Lions provided personal hygiene kits, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand towels, soap and more, to 400 displaced families being housed in a local community center.
- New Jersey, District 16-A, 16-B, 16-C, 16-D and 16-E: Lions worked with local food banks to provide food, water and blankets to residents in need.
- New York, Multiple District 20: Lions worked to provide goods and meet needs in local communities affected by the storm.
- North Carolina, District 31-J: Lions focused on getting food, water and dry clothes to residents that were stranded on Hatteras Island.
Lions in the affected areas weren’t the only ones providing aid to those in need. Many generous Lions sent supplies, held fundraisers and made donations to the LCIF Disaster Relief fund. View a video of LCIF and Lions' relief efforts here.
Haiti Earthquake Relief
- After the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, Lions immediately established three tent cities to provide shelter to 2,500 people. Now, Lions are helping rebuild vital infrastructure.
- LCIF collaborated with Food for the Poor to construct 400 permanent homes and a community center that will provide vocational training. LCIF is providing US$1.5 million and Food for the Poor will contribute US$1.28 million.
- 600 Haitian families moved into new, temporary homes
thanks to an initiative between LCIF, the Lions of MD111 Germany and
HELP, an international non-governmental organization. The
families are those who were initially sheltered
in Lions' tent cities. LCIF provided US$1.4 million for this project.
- Four classrooms and a laboratory are a part of the new National Nursing School of Port au Prince, where 350 students will study annually. Even before the earthquake, there was a shortage of trained healthcare professionals, especially nurses. LCIF provided US$368,421, or 27 percent, of the total project cost for construction and equipment expenses. The project is in partnership with HumaniTerra International, a non-governmental organization devoted to surgery.
- Lions reconstructed the Notre Dame School in Port-au-Prince through an International Assistance Grant with the French Lions of District 103-SW. The school, founded in 1978, serves students from disadvantaged families and is supported by the non-governmental organization SOS Enfants Sans Frontiers (Children without Borders). The school was severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake. Until the school was rebuilt, the 361 students had to attend classes in make-shift rooms and alternative locations.
Peng Hua Lions Village in Sichuan Province, China
- Only volunteer service club organization officially recognized by Chinese government.
- Village destroyed in a 2008 earthquake in central China.
- Eighty homes were handed over to families during a ceremony in
October 2009; part of a two-phase project to construct more than 150
- Chinese Lions joined villagers in the rebuilding process, some
traveling to the area up to 10 times to assist hands-on, as well as
- Rebuilt three schools in the same area as well, opened in September in time for the school year.
Relief in Four States Following Hurricane Katrina
- Mobilized US$5 million for immediate and long-term reconstruction in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi following the hurricane in 2005.
- An estimated 3 million benefited from Lions’ efforts.
- Funds helped rebuild and equip schools, rebuild or establish Lion
eye clinics and eye banks, provide assistive and rehabilitative devices
for disabled, repair Lions camps and numerous other projects.
- Lions from across the U.S. and Canada drove relief supplies to affected areas.
- Continued with long-term disaster work efforts, including the recent
completion of a state-of-the-art high school in Chalmette, Louisiana,
where the old high school was completely destroyed; the remodeling of
Twelve Baskets Food Bank in Mississippi; and the rebuilding of Camp
Wilkes in Mississippi.
Villages and Economy Rebuilt in South Asia after Tsunami
- Awarded more than US$15 million for long-term reconstruction efforts
in four countries, including Thailand, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
- Rebuilt more than 4,000 homes, in addition, community and health centers, schools and orphanages have been constructed.
- Tsunami reconstruction efforts are now complete in Indonesia and
Thailand, projects are expected to be completed within the year in Sri
Lanka, and projects are ongoing in India.
Lions Provide Relief Following September 11, 2001 Attacks
- Mobilized US$3.2 million for relief efforts following the attacks.
- Purchased needed rescue tools; shipping containers to provide
sleeping and warming center for disaster workers; established
communications network for e-mail, phone and Web site; held several camp
retreats for families of victims.