Eric Margules 2016-07-26 09:40:05
Lions Mobilize for Refugees Bolstered by US$600,000 in grants from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), Lions in Turkey and Europe are extending a huge helping hand to the millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq. Lions are providing shelter, food, clothing, schooling, language assistance and integration programs. Refugee Relief in Turkey Lions of Turkey, which hosts the most Syrian refugees of any country at 2.7 million, have received four refugee relief grants. District 118-R (US$60,000)—More than 50 Lions clubs are filling 2,000 backpacks with blankets, undergarments, towels, hygiene products, bottled drinking water and other supplies. These unisex backpacks will be packed by Lions and given to the Turkish Coast Guard, who will distribute them to refugees who are rescued at sea. District 118-E (US$26,000)—Lions are establishing a school for refugee children and supporting the nutrition and hygiene needs of 100 families for up to two months. Along with the Human Sources Foundation, an NGO in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Lions are converting empty classrooms in a community center to provide basic education and computer learning classes. District 118-K (US$61,300)—Lions are expanding the capacity of a camp housing 500 refugees to include two classrooms, additional toilets and a pantry, which will be stocked with clothing, food, sanitary items and basic first aid materials. Overwhelming demand means many refugees have to stay in the exposed courtyard of the camp. Lions plan to cover the courtyard and arrange for a private education association to take responsibility for education. District 118-U (US$60,000)—Lions in District 118-U, which borders Syria and Iraq, are providing aid to children and expectant mothers of 2,000 refugee families. The aid includes dry food, underwear, blankets, children’s footwear, diapers, first aid supplies and hygiene products. Lions will also provide 10 prefabricated buildings with portable fan heaters to house refugees. Lions in Europe For many refugees, Turkey is just one stop along their journey to Europe. Lions in Greece, the Netherlands and Slovenia have received LCIF grants to bring relief to refugees. Lions in of District 118-E in Turkey provide desperately needed supplies to a massive influx of refugees. A young refugee in Turkey receives supplies from Lions. District 117-A, Greece (US$10,100)—Lions are providing chemical toilets and generators to a refugee center in Rhodes, whose maximum capacity has been exceeded by the 6,000 refugees and migrants who have visited the shelter since August. Lions will also supply tents as well as outdoor heaters, sleeping mats, blankets and other desperately needed supplies. District 110-AN, Netherlands (US$15,000)—Lions are purchasing shoes, underwear and toiletries and other items needed most by 1,200 refugees living in four emergency shelters in Amsterdam. District 129, Slovenia (US$10,000)—Lions are working with the Slovenian Red Cross to prepare 2,000 portable emergency kits that include healthy foods for children, hygiene materials, blankets and coats. The Red Cross will hand out the emergency kits at distribution centers at critical entry points into the country. Through these acts of service—and more to come— Lions are joining together to address one of the defining humanitarian crises of our time. If your club, district or multiple district is interested in aiding refugees, please contact LCI for project ideas and partnership opportunities. To donate or to find out how to request funds for local relief projects, please contact LCIF. LCI and LCIF will continue to work together to support Lions and their humanitarian relief projects. 29th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest A Celebration of Peace Sponsor a Lions International Peace Poster Contest and join clubs worldwide in sharing children’s visions of peace with your community. How the Contest Works Only a Lions club can sponsor the contest in a local school or organized youth group. The contest is open to students 11-13 on November 15, 2016. Participating students are asked to create posters visually depicting the contest theme, “A Celebration of Peace.” One winner for each contest sponsored by a club is chosen to advance to the district governor for judging. On the district level, one winner is selected to go on to the multiple district competition and from there one winner is forwarded to International Headquarters for the final judging. Entries are judged at all levels on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of theme. During the final judging, 23 merit award winners and one grand prize winner are chosen to represent the many entries submitted from around the world. Awards Artists of posters advancing to the final international judging are recognized as follows: International Grand Prize Winner receives a trip to an award ceremony where he/she will receive a cash award of US$5,000 (or local equivalent) and an engraved plaque. Two family members (one being the winner's parent or legal guardian) and the sponsoring Lions club president or a club member (as designated by the club president) will accompany the winner to the award ceremony. 23 Merit Award Winners each receive a cash award of US$500 (or local equivalent) and a certificate of achievement. How to Enter Lions clubs must order a Peace Poster Contest kit from the Club Supplies Sales Department at International Headquarters. Available in all 11 official languages, it costs US$11.95, plus shipping, handling and applicable taxes. Each kit contains everything your club needs to sponsor one* school or organized, sponsored youth group: Official Club Contest Guide & Rules Official School or Youth Group Contest Guide & Rules Participant Flyer may be duplicated and given to each participating student to take home Sticker to place on back of winning poster Certificates for contest winner and school or youth group The Lions International Essay Contest entry form is also included in this kit. Clubs can sponsor more than one contest in either the same or multiple school(s) and/or youth group(s) by purchasing more than one kit. Clubs will send one poster per each contest sponsored to the next level of judging. Kits are available January 15 – October 1, 2016. Purchase your kit early to allow adequate time for shipment and contest planning. Visit the Peace Poster webpage or more contest information, deadlines, to download a video and view past winning posters.
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