Visit LCIF at the All Africa Conference!

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Experience the impact of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) at the 20th All Africa Conference from February 4 through 8all_affrica_logo-ef41d in Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo.

LCIF staff will be present and can answer questions regarding grant programs and the application process, provide informational materials, and accept donations.

This year, there are a number of informational sessions at the forum, including one from LCIF. Be sure to attend the LCIF seminar on Friday, February 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Melvin Jones Fellows fundraising dinner follows at 8 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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An Update on Measles Activities

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Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) have supported the vaccination of millions of children through the Measles & Rubella Initiative and our partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. While there is still much work to be done, there continues to be great progress made in the fight against measles.

Lions Measles RibbonRecently, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, celebrated its 15th anniversary at the World Economic Forum in Davos. During that celebration, Gavi announced that half a billion children have received vaccinations and seven million deaths have been avoided because of Gavi-supported immunization programs. LCIF is proud to be a supporting partner of Gavi.

Lions, in partnership with Gavi, have already helped to immunize more than 20 million children and have pledged to immunize another 100 million! LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer is in Berlin today representing LCIF at Gavi’s Reach Every Child pledging conference. The conference surpassed its goal of US$7.5 billion, fully funding vaccine programs during the 2016-2020 period.

Our partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance continues the work of Lions in the fight against measles and rubella. The partnership will protect tens of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles.

Lions play a key role in social mobilization efforts by working with local leaders, coordinating local publicity, and  serving as volunteers at vaccination centers. Lions are working with parents to get their children to be immunized. Lions are working with ministries of health and other partners to ensure that children are vaccinated. Lions are spreading the word about just how important immunizations are, and are fighting for a safer, healthier and brighter future for the children who need us most.

When you make a donation to the One Shot, One Life: Lions’ Measles Initiative, you are helping to save children’s lives!

 

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SightFirst Hard at Work in the United States

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During a recent SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting, two grants were approved to fund vision-related projects in the United States:

A US$200,000 grant was awarded to the Lions of Illinois, District 1-J, to upgrade the VNA/Spectrios Eye Care Clinic in Aurora. It is estimated that 2,000 low-income patients will benefit from this project over the next three years. To help reach that target, Lions of District 1-J will organize a speakers’ bureau that will present educational programs on the basics of eye care, the importance of yearly eye exams, and the services available at the VNA/Spectrios Eye Care Clinic.

A US$319,500 grant was awarded to the Little Rock Founder’s Lions Club to assist the World Services for the Blind, a state-licensed and nationally accredited blind and low vision service organization in Arkansas. This project will empower approximately 224 blind and visually impaired adults to achieve sustainable independence through life skills, career training and community access over the next two years.

Remember, SightFirst grant applications are due May 8, 2015, for review by the SAC in August 2015.
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LCIF Provides Emergency/Disaster Relief Grants in December 2014

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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 December 2014, LCIF provided LCIF logo8 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$70,000.

These grants are adressing meet immediate needs in:

Cape Verde, District 403-A1
$10,000 for volcano relief

Philippines, District 301-A2
$5,000 for typhoon relief

Indonesia, District 307-B2
$10,000 for landslide relief

Morocco, District 416
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-B1
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-B2
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-C1
$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-B1
$5,000 for typhoon 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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Message from the Chairperson: LCIF and Lions Honor Melvin Jones

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SAM_2380This week, we celebrate the birthday of Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International (LCI). It has been nearly 100 years since Melvin Jones first encouraged people to address the needs of their communities and the world, and I know he would be proud of what Lions have accomplished.

As your clubs, districts and multiple districts come together during this LCIF Week and the Worldwide Week of Service to honor Melvin Jones, I encourage you to think of all the lives you can impact now and throughout the entire year. Your club might host vision
screenings, sponsor a food drive, host a highway cleanup, or paint a playground; the possibilities for service are endless—and so are the lives we can touch. However you choose to serve, know that you are making a positive difference every day, all year long.

I also want to remind you that your donations to LCIF make it possible for Lions to meet the growing needs of people around the world. We give sight, support youth, provide disaster relief and improve communities only because of your generosity and selfless giving. Thank you for your support of LCIF.

Melvin Jones once said, “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.” Look how far we have come!

Sincerely,

Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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