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Story of the Week: Lions, LCIF Supporting Famine Relief in the Horn of Africa

August 10, 2011

Right now, famine is threatening the lives of millions of people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa. Our members are working to help the most vulnerable victims – Lions clubs, LCIF helping famine victims in Africachildren in a large refugee camp in Northern Kenya and Dadaab. Lions are also partnering with the Red Cross and UNICEF to provide emergency food supplies.

LCIF has given the Lions of Kenya a US$15,000 grant to support famine relief. Lions in Kenya also collected US$10,000. And our members around the world are rallying to help. Lions in Sweden are donating US$77,000. A Lions club in Germany has pledged to collect US$7,100. And Lions from Ethiopia are taking part in the relief efforts.

We’ve also formed a Lions Relief Team to coordinate relief efforts in Kenya. And LCIF has set up a designated “Aid for Africa 2011” fund. Learn more about our famine relief efforts – and how you can give hope to those who are suffering.

  1. September 29, 2011 5:07 am

    This tragedy is touching our hearts, and in accordance with our policy, Norwegian Lions Clubs Catastrophy Fund acted spontaneously to it.

    NOK 1.000.000 equivalent to USD 180,000 was immedately transferred to Norwegian Church Aid and Norwegian Save The Children, both operating in the area from day one, so to speak.

    Lions friends, please act to help people in indescribable need.

    • September 29, 2011 8:17 am

      Thanks for letting us know about your club’s very generous donation to help those in need.

  2. Lion Zainul Dar permalink
    August 23, 2011 3:18 am

    My Club, Lions Club of Mombasa Bahari, today donated a further Kshs.39506/- to the Famine Relief Fund. Our total donation is Kshs.89506/-.

    • August 23, 2011 8:05 am

      Thanks for the update … and for all that you’re doing to help during this crisis.

  3. Jane kimani permalink
    August 13, 2011 1:05 pm

    It makes you whole to serve, it’s a good job we are all doing as LIONS, but if we would have permanent solutions,we’d be better.

  4. August 11, 2011 12:18 pm

    I am so relieved to see us getting involved and will put a article concerning this in our district newsletter as we have had Lions asking. Good job. As usual we go where the need is and make a difference. Notice one of the issues is the measles in the camps, as most of these children have not been vaccinated.

    • August 11, 2011 12:56 pm

      The Measles Initiative, a partner organization of LCIF, has moved 4 million doses of the vaccination to the refugee camps. Lions are not currently involved, but are working with UNICEF and the Red Cross on food provision and discussing other ways to help.

      Measles is a health issue that LCIF is committed to. LCIF is currently in discussions with the Measles Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on expanding our measles pilot program from last year that vaccinated 41 million children.

  5. Lion Zainul Dar permalink
    August 10, 2011 10:51 pm

    My club, Lions Club Of Mombasa Bahari in Mombasa, Kenya in District 411A has donated Kshs.50000.00 towards the Famine Relief. We will donate more on receipt of all the pledges.

    Lions are doing a great service. This is a true motto of “I BELIEVE” (International President’s motto) and “TOGETHER WE CAN” (District Governor’s motto).

    Lions Clubs of Africa, please join in and help.

    • August 11, 2011 8:23 am

      Thanks for letting us know about your club’s donation to help those in need.

  6. Karen Sell, Vice District Governor, Arizona permalink
    August 10, 2011 9:45 am

    Thank you so much for these blog posts – you show up daily on my computer and remind me why I am proud to be a Lion. A great way to gather new ideas and to stay informed on the bigger picture of Lions around the world.


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