Cassandra Bannon 2015-02-10 19:52:27
Saving Sight Lions save sight in many ways. LCIF supports their sight-saving efforts through programs such as SightFirst, which helps Lions build comprehensive eye care systems in underserved communities to prevent blindness and vision loss, as well as caring for those who are blind or visually impaired. A simple pair of eyeglasses can bring the biggest smile to a child’s face. Seeing clearly can help a child read better, participate in sports and so much more. LCIF and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC) have been working together to help millions of children see more clearly and bring smiles to their faces through their Sight for Kids partnership program. Launched in Asia and led by local Lions, JJVCC employees and local partners, Sight for Kids engages eye care professionals who train teachers to conduct school-based vision screenings and eye health education in underserved communities. When needed, students are referred to local eye care professionals for eye exams, eyeglasses, further treatment and follow-up care at no cost. Now, LCIF and JJVCC are expanding their Sight for Kids partnership to communities in Kenya and Turkey. These are the first two countries in Africa and Europe to receive Sight for Kids services. Through the program, more than 20 million children in underserved schools and communities across the Asia Pacific region have already bene-fitted from Sight for Kids. The need for access to basic eye exams and treatment for school-aged children is global. Through this expansion, even more children will receive needed eye care. Supporting Youth LCIF’s Lions Quest program teaches character education, bullying prevention, drug awareness and service-learning to students from kindergarten through grade 12. The American Institutes for Research completed in 2013 an independent evaluation of the Lions Quest program in Wood County, Virginia. More than 1,000 students were evaluated across all three program areas—Skills for Growing, grades K-5; Skills for Adolescence, grades 6-8; and Skills for Action, grades 9-12. Students in all evaluated grades showed gains in social awareness, relationship skills and peer relationships. The research also noted reductions in disruptive and potentially harmful behaviors. This study not only shows how effective Lions Quest is but also positions LCIF and Lions as leaders in best practices in youth development. Lions make sure that Lions Quest programs are implemented with fidelity, ensuring that students and teachers have the best possible conditions for learning and growth. Fighting Measles LCIF provides financial and volunteer support to reduce measles deaths worldwide by increasing access to measles vaccines where needed most. Through the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative, Lions are playing an increasingly central role in international efforts to end measles. In 2013, LCIF partnered with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to protect millions of children against measles where vaccines are needed the most. More than 100 million children will be vaccinated through the partnership. LCIF has committed to raising US$30 million by 2017 to improve access to vaccines through Gavi. The funds will be matched by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the total to US$60 million. Lions also play a key role in mobilizing people for vaccination campaigns. In celebration of World Immunization Week, April 24-30 in 2014, LCIF launched a 30-day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. Measles donations to LCIF during the month of April were matched by the family of Lion Abhey and Past District Governor Aruna Oswal of New Delhi, India, up to US$500,000. Lions exceeded the challenge, raising a total of US$1.3 million to combat measles. Digital LION • Watch a brief video on Sight for Kids at lionmagazine.org. • SightFirst marks its fifth anniversary (Dec. 1995/Jan. 1996 LION). • LCIF celebrates 20 great years (Oct. 1988 LION). • The complete LCIF annual report can be found at lcif.org. Providing Disaster Relief The LCIF Emergency Grant program provides financial support to Lions engaged in disaster response for immediate needs. Major Catastrophe Grants provide substantial funding for disasters with major impact. In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck Southeast Asia, devastating the Philippines. The typhoon was believed to be the largest storm ever to hit land. Entire villages were obliterated and millions of people in the region were affected, many of them left homeless. LCIF immediately mobilized a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant for relief efforts, followed by another US$30,000 for immediate needs. Designated donations from Lions worldwide poured in, surpassing US$1 million in the wake of the disaster. Financials In fiscal year 2013-14, Lions, their partners and friends generously donated US$43.9 million to LCIF. The Foundation awarded 538 grants totaling US$46,021,590. View the rest of the Foundation’s finances at lcif.org/resources/EN/pdfs/lcif/financial_statement.pdf. Thank you for believing in LCIF! Improving Local Communities Through its humanitarian grants, LCIF provides matching funds to support Lions’ efforts to improve vital public service institutions and programs in their local communities. For example, with the help of a US$5,000 International Assistance Grant from LCIF, Lions in Portland, Oregon, purchased wall charts and an autorefractor to test visual acuity. The Lions teamed with three clubs in Peru—the Lambayque Ciudad Evocadora Lions Club, the Llampallec Lions Club and the Lam-bayeque Ciudad Evocadora Leo Club. Together, they organized health fairs, conducted hearing and vision screenings and distributed more than 250 pairs of eyeglasses to people in need in Peru. The Portland Lions also certified six local Lions on the correct use and operation of the autorefractor, enabling the local Lions to continue their vision screening work. As the chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), I have the honor of presenting you with some of the highlights of the Foundation’s work in 2013-14. This report will give you a glimpse of our achievements and the lives we have touched through your kindness and compassion. I look forward to celebrating even more success stories with you at the upcoming international convention in Honolulu. Congratulations to Past International President Wayne Madden on a successful year as chairperson, and to you, Lions, for supporting your Foundation!” Barry J. Palmer LCIF Chairperson, Immediate Past International President Thank you to everyone who supported Lions Clubs International Foundation this past year. In a world of service, your generosity is making a lasting difference in the lives of millions. As LCIF chairperson, I have seen our impact firsthand, and it is humbling. I have seen communities around the world that have been strengthened through our efforts. I have seen the smiles of the people whose lives we have touched. Those faces will stay with me forever as a reminder of what Lions and LCIF can accomplish. You provided life-saving measles vaccinations in places like Bangladesh, Botswana and Uganda. You gave needed supplies and hope to the Philippines following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. You helped students around the world make positive choices and lead healthier lives through Lions Quest. You saved the sight of millions through SightFirst, which ushered men and women into the light, just as Helen Keller urged us to do. I am truly grateful for all that you do. Our partnerships allow us to expand our reach and help even more people. Alongside The Carter Center, we helped eliminate river blindness in Colombia and expanded our SightFirst initiative to address preventable blindness in Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and Uganda. Thanks to our Sight for Kids partnership program with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies, we have screened the vision of more than 20 million students and we’re expanding our reach beyond Asia to Kenya and Turkey. Lions Quest received a US$300,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation to enhance its social and emotional learning curriculum to help meet the changing needs of our students and schools. We are vaccinating millions of vulnerable children against measles through our partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and we’re making great strides toward our goal of raising US$30 million for the fight against measles. But none of this would be possible without you. Together, we are truly making this a world of service. As you read through this report, you will learn about some of the lives we have touched and see the tremendous impact we have achieved together. I hope you will remember that none of these touching stories would be possible without your continued support. Wayne A. Madden 2013-14 LCIF Chairperson, Past International President
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