Lions Clubs International Foundation has surpassed US$2 million for disaster relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Typhoon Yolanda).
There are 12,600 Lions members in the Philippines in 380 Lions clubs throughout the country, including four in the capital city of Cebu of the hardest-hit province and one in the hardest-hit town of Tacloban City.
Lions clubs throughout the country are working tirelessly to provide relief aid and food to tens of thousands of people affected by this horrific typhoon, collecting and distributing life-saving supplies. Below is just a sample of some initial reports and photos of their actions.
Be sure to visit the LCI blog for a comprehensive collection of Lions social media posts, both from the Philippines and from around the world.
In the day following the disaster, Lions Clubs International Foundation mobilized more than US$500,000 in initial disaster relief support for the Philippines, including US$130,000 in grants and donations of more than US$600,000 made by Lions in neighboring countries of Asia. Since then, generous Lions and friends all over the world are responding with designated funds being sent to LCIF to help the Lions clubs in the Philippines deliver relief aid to the typhoon’s victims. Combined thus far, LCIF has been able to mobilize US$2 million for the Philippines.
To support LCIF’s ongoing and future relief efforts in the Philippines, individuals, Lions clubs worldwide, and others can contribute to the LCIF Disaster Relief Fund by check, wire transfer or online. All donations support disaster relief, including efforts in the Philippines, in both the short- and long-term. Not only will 100 percent of donations be used for LCIF disaster relief efforts globally, but Lions Clubs International and Lions relief teams will stretch your support even more through their completely all-volunteer relief efforts.
Help is needed now and for the long-term rebuilding of the typhoon-ravaged areas. Thank you for your support.
LCIF staff is regularly in touch with the Philippines Relief Team to coordinate these initial efforts and to begin planning for the long-term.
Although longer-term needs are not yet determined, the provisional plans of the relief team and LCIF include:
Lions Clubs and LCIF are committed to rebuilding homes, providing support to the disabled, helping vulnerable children and youth, and supporting schools, families, and the elderly population with their recovery needs, working closely with the local government and the international relief community.
Our relief efforts will be ongoing for months and the rebuilding will take years. Lions Clubs International Foundation will provide support as long as there are needs, like we have done in Haiti, Japan, New Zealand, Oklahoma and the east coast of the USA for Hurricane Sandy.