Lions Plant Trees in Kenya

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LCIF awarded a US$100,000 grant to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to plant trees in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Recently, Lions Club (LC) Nairobi Runda, LC Nairobi FOSOK Champions, LC Stand Up Shout Out, LC Thika Kilimambogo, LC Nairobi Karen, LC Nairobi Dagoretti and LC Nairobi Central  teamed up with Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), Girl Guides, Serena Hotel and community members to plant trees near the Ndakaini Dam. The Ndakaini Dam supplies 80 percent of Nairobi’s drinking water. Together, they planted 25,000 trees to protect the dam catchment area.

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SUSO Lions and KDF

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Lions Quest Makes the Grade in Turkey

by LCIF
Lions Quest is helping students in Turkey learn how to handle tough situations in a positive way.

Lions Quest is helping students in Turkey learn how to handle tough situations in a positive way.

Students worldwide confront bullying, peer pressure and a day’s worth of anxious moments that impact their health, academic performance and well-being. In Turkey, these challenges—and their outcomes—are even more consequential because of a highly competitive school system with limited opportunities for post-secondary education.

“Turkey has a very young population. Only one-third of the kids can go into university. There is a lot of competition. The kids are always under stress,” says Past District Governor Nilgun Erdem Niord of the Mavi Halic Lions Club.

This is where Lions Quest comes in. Through this Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) program, students are learning valuable life skills and discovering how to make positive choices through social and emotional learning. The program is now in  public and private schools across Turkey.

Since 2009, Lions in Multiple District (MD) 118 have been given more than $275,000 in LCIF grants for Lions Quest, working with the Turkish Lions Foundation. For the Lions of Turkey, these grants helped make change possible. “My club has always been active in education. When we knew that we could get help from LCIF to start Lions Quest, it helped us to push the button and start,” says Niord.

Currently, Lions Quest is the only social and emotional learning program available in Turkey, where it has the support of the Ministry of Education. An evaluation of Lions Quest in Turkey is being conducted through Bospherus University, with results forthcoming. However, Lions and educators already can see the value of social and emotional learning.

“I got involved in the program because the training was so impressive to me,” says Mine Guven, a professor of early childhood education at Bospherus University. “The challenges are the same all around the world. By using Lions Quest we manage to have peaceful classrooms.”

More than 1,000 teachers in Turkey have been trained to use Lions Quest in the classroom, reaching thousands of students. “Educating–giving some skills to one teacher means you’re reaching hundreds, thousands of children in a lifetime,” says Fatos Erkman, a professor of education, a trained clinical psychologist and an administrator of the Bospherus University Peace Education Application and Research Center. “We’re very excited to be in alliance with Lions clubs because one of the aims of our center is for peace education at all levels. The Lions Quest curriculum for all grade levels is very fitting in our ideals.”

Updated Lions Quest materials addressing modern issues and challenges facing our children will be available in early 2015. Through grants, MD 118 will translate, adapt and update the curriculum to reflect Turkish culture. The goal is to create an environment in which students can focus and get more out of their classroom experience. So far, it seems to be working.

“Peace starts in the individual, and this is what Lions Quest is doing,” says Niord. “We are teaching the children how to be peaceful within themselves, how to be peaceful within their societies. And this will bring a peaceful world.”

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*This story by Allie Lawrence originally appeared in the November 2014 edition of LION Magazine.

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LCIF Provides Emergency/Disaster Relief Grants in November 2014

by LCIF

When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

In November 2014, LCIF provided LCIF logo5 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$48,500.

These grants are helping meet immediate needs in:

Colombia, District F-3
$10,000 for flood relief

France, District 103-S
$10,000 for flood relief

Argentina, District O-5
$10,000 for tornado relief

Arkansas, USA, District 7-L
$8,500 for disaster preparedness

Japan, District 334-E
$10,000 for earthquake relief

* Emergency grants listed by date approved.

Emergency Grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. Lions district governors may apply for disaster relief funds to help meet immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies. LCIF typically awards more than US$2 million in Emergency Grant funding each year.

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News Release: LCIF Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

by LCIF

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has earned its third consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for its effective fiscal management and its commitment to accountability and transparency.

Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator is the largest and most-utilized charity evaluator in the United States. Charity Navigator examines the financial health, accountability and transparency of charities to determine its ratings. Financial information is based on each charity’s 990 tax filing in the United States. Ratings show how well evaluated charities have sustained their programs and services over time.

LCIF’s 4-star rating indicates that it consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 12 percent of the charities evaluated earned a third consecutive 4-star rating. This exceptional distinction means that LCIF outperforms most other charitable organizations in the United States. LCIF donors can be confident their donations are being used in support of the programs for which they are intended.

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About Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.

About Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
LCIF is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million men and women members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas worldwide. Since 1968, LCIF supports Lions by providing grant funding for their local and global humanitarian efforts, including preventing avoidable blindness on a global scale for more than 20 years through LCIF’s SightFirst program. To date, Lions are investing US$415 million in SightFirst’s local capacity building efforts and have helped restore sight to millions worldwide. Learn more at www.lcif.org.

LCIF Media Contact
Cassandra Bannon
Communications Specialist

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Visit LCIF at the ISAAME Forum!

by LCIF

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Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation can help Lions change lives around the world and at home? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s ISAAME Forum from December 4 through December 7 in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius.

LCIF will have staff on hand who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!

This year, there are several informational sessions regarding LCIF:

→ On Thursday, December 4, there will be an LCIF Coordinators meeting in the Westin Hotel from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

→On Saturday, December 6, LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will present “LCIF: Impacting ISAAME” in the SVICC Swan Room, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.

You can read about LCIF’s activities at the FOLAC Forum in the upcoming weeks.

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