Lions Quest and SightFirst Grants Awarded August 2014


Lions QuestDuring the August 2014 Lions Quest Advisory Committee meeting, 22 grants were awarded totaling US$1,216,054. Through these grants, Lions Quest programs will provide students with positive life skills in countries like India, Japan, Madagascar, the United States, Turkey and more.

The SightFirst Advisory Committee also met earlier this month and awarded 26 grants totaling US$8,063,304. As part of the grants awarded, SightFirst will continue working with The Carter Center to control trachoma and river blindness in Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and northern Uganda; provide cataract surgeries in Nepal and Sri Lanka; conduct further blindness prevention research; support a diabetic retinopathy program in the United States and more.

These grants would not be possible without the generosity and compassion of Lions around the world. Thank you for your support! When available, you can view the list of grants awarded online.

Grant application deadlines for the next round of grants are as follows:

  • October 17, 2014: SightFirst grant applications for review by the SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) in January 2015
  • November 21, 2014: Lions Quest grant applications for review by the Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) in January 2015
  • February 12, 2015: Standard, Core 4 and IAG grant applications for review at the April 2015 Board meeting

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Video: Lions Down Syndrome Center


Established in 1997 by the Lions Club of Kota Bharu, the Lions Down Syndrome Center has been providing a place for children with Down syndrome in Malaysia to learn, laugh and grow. The center helps preschool children build language, reading, writing, fine motor skills and basic life skills.

A US$75,000 Lions Clubs International Foundation grant in 2010 helped the center expand into a new building to accommodate growing needs.

Learn more about the Lions Down Syndrome Center and its impact on children’s lives through the following video, featured in the July 2014 Lions Quarterly video magazine: 

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LCIF Provides Emergency Grants in July 2014


LCIF logoIn July 2014, LCIF provided 12 emergency grants totaling US$105,000.

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).

These grants are helping to meet crucial immediate needs in:

Brazil, District LD-4
$10,000 for flood relief

Canada, District 5-SKS
$10,000 for flood relief

Paraguay, District M-2
$10,000 for flood relief

Paraguay, District M-1
$10,000 for flood relief

Canada, District 5-SKN
$10,000 for flood relief

India, District 318-D
$5,000 for flood relief

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

Mexico, District B-2
$5,000 for flood relief

Japan, District 332-E
$10,000 for flood relief

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

India, District 323-D2
$10,000 for landslide relief

Romania, District 124
$10,000 for flood relief

* Emergency grants listed by date approved.

LCIF has also approved a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$250,000 to provide relief for the Zhaotong earthquake in China. These funds will help Lions provide immediate relief and long-term recovery. You can read a message from LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer on the LCI blog, or make a donation to the LCIF Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you for your support.

At the heart of LCIF’s disaster relief programs are the individuals and families your donations reach. Learn more about grants recently awarded and the LCIF emergency grant program on the LCIF website.

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Thousands in China need help following earthquake


1.08 million affected by Yunnan earthquake

Dear Lions,

On Sunday, a terrible tragedy occurred. A large earthquake struck the Yunnan Province of China. Authorities estimate that more than 400 people have lost their lives from the Zhaotong earthquake, with an additional 2,300 people injured across several counties. Even more people are missing. It is estimated that 25,500 homes were completely destroyed, with an even higher number of houses damaged.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) immediately awarded a US$250,000 Major Catastrophe Grant with money from the disaster relief fund, allowing Lions in affected areas to immediately begin providing assistance. These funds will help meet immediate needs by providing food, water, medicine, blankets and other necessities as quickly as possible. The funds will also support long-term reconstruction and recovery.

With approximately 21,000 Lions members in China, many of our fellow Lions have been directly impacted by this disaster. We must help them as they provide relief and assistance to their affected communities. I encourage you to consider making a donation to the Foundation for disaster relief. Donations to the disaster relief fund are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible and can make a real difference in times of need.

Thank you for your support.


Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Guest Post by Special Olympics: Never Give Up

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a guest post by David Evangelista, Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics International.

Ariel“When I was born, some doctors made a somber recommendation to my parents: To let me die. According to these doctors, it made no sense to prolong my life.”

It is with these powerful words that Special Olympics Global Messenger Ariel Ary from Costa Rica opened his keynote address at the 97th Lions Clubs International Convention -District Governor Elect School (LCI-DGE). Captivating some 1,500 leaders Lions Clubs International leaders from across the world, Ary highlighted the key role that civic leaders like Lions Clubs play in empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities through the growing Special Olympics & Lions Clubs International global partnership.

“I am very honored to be here with all of you, people who believe in teamwork as a key to success. People who believe in helping others…Lions clubs around the world set the standards for respect, excellence, and solidarity. People in need have better lives because you, Lions clubs, care for them. That is why I am here to tell you Lions clubs- never, ever, ever give up!”

Ary underscored the many challenges that he and his parents have faced in accessing quality health care, mainstream education, and an integrated community life. Despite the recommendation made by the doctors to his parents upon birth, Ary’s story represents the strong determination, perseverance, and drive that defines the lives of countless individuals with intellectual disabilities and their parents and caretakers. Ary speaks 4 languages, is a dedicated tennis player, an accomplished international speaker, and currently works at the multinational company IBM-Costa Rica.

Special Olympian Ariel Ary with David Evangelista, Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics International.

Special Olympian Ariel Ary with David Evangelista, Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics International.

The keynote delivered by Ary served as a strong expression of gratitude and excitement to Lions Clubs throughout the world for their continued support of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through the shared partnership with Special Olympics, titled “Mission: Inclusion”, Lions Clubs International has helped provide a myriad of opportunities to athletes, including quality vision care, inclusive sports opportunities, early childhood development programming, family support, and much more.

Ary’s leadership is but one example of the impact that can be made through this partnership.  I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s next!

Read the original blog post online here.

Lions Clubs International Foundation has been partnering with Special Olympics International since 2001 through the Opening Eyes program to provide free vision screenings at select Special Olympics sporting events worldwide. Athletes also receive diagnoses for vision-related problems, corrective and protective eye wear, and are taught how to take better care of their eyes. The partnership expanded in 2013 to reach even more people. 

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