Tsunami Relief Update
2 – Jan. 5, 2005
by LCIF, several thousand local Lions are now providing immediate relief aid
such as food, water and clothing from the west coast of
and south to
. Local Lions in hundreds of places are at the scenes of the disaster, helping
to organize relief and ensuring that people get vital relief supplies. Lions
from nearby nations also have sent volunteer workers. The Taiwan Lions, for
example, sent a medical team to
. The service of Lions is enabling communities to take care of their children,
elderly, those with disabilities and other especially vulnerable people.
are a few examples of how local Lions are helping victims in
, Lions are working 16-hour days in organizing relief aid and are a key
partner of the government’s relief agency and of the country's president.
Enhancing their ability to assist in the relief, Lions hold key positions in
the community. The former president is a Lion, as is the current Minister of
Housing. District 306-B sent 60 truckloads of food and supplies to
several relocation camps. Lions receive police escorts for the deliveries.
District 306-A is organizing the installation of tents at new relocation
camps in southern
at the government's request.
, Lions are contributing greatly to relief efforts in some of the hardest
hit areas. Thirty clubs near
provide logistical support for aid shipments to Bandh Acheh and send out
four trucks of materials daily. They also are providing shelter, food, and
clothing to refugees who have entered
. Lion-doctors from
are providing medical treatment. Lions also are making preliminary plans to
support the educational needs of orphans.
, 20 Lions’ ambulances and a team of 80 Lions volunteer medical doctors
are providing first aid near Chennai. Nearly 70 clubs fanned out in the
Parassalla to Haripad to distribute food and clothes at the
relief camps. Lion-doctors conducted free treatment at relief centers.
, Lions in
have sent water tanks and trucks loaded with supplies to Phuket. Lions are
working with government officials and relief agencies to provide for basic
needs at relocation camps.
grants for the tsunami disaster, made possible, of course, by prior donations by
Lions, now total US$470,000 and will climb much higher as needs are continually
assessed and requests for assistance are made. Additionally, Lions throughout
the world are making pledges of support, including US$120,000 from the Lions of
Sweden and US$200,000 from the Lions of Korea.
of clubs and individuals also have sent funds to LCIF. The Vancouver
Metropolitan Lions Club in
, for example, sent LCIF a check for US$6,600. Club President Raymond Wong told
LCIF, “Everyday we saw on the news that the amount of casualties are
increasing by the thousands. We share the same view of most Lions that we
have to do something to support the unfortunate people who have to deal with
this great tragedy. We hope this small token of donations can bring some
immediate help to the people in those regions. In the meantime, I have taken the
initiative to ask the other clubs in our district to support this great
provides immediate relief and long-term reconstruction after a disaster. LCIF is
not only helping people stay alive after the tsunami but it also will rebuild
communities for years to come. The real impact of LCIF’s assistance to
will be fully realized in the next several years as LCIF partners with Lions to
rebuild homes, schools and community centers. This long-term approach plays to
the strength of LCIF and Lions, who belong to their communities, understand
local needs and know how to get things done.
prior success with disaster relief in
bodes well for its initiatives in response to the tsunami. LCIF
has recently assisted with aid and reconstruction in the aftermath of two major
natural disasters in
. In 2001, US$2.5 million was mobilized to assist communities rebuild
earthquake. The funds built 734 homes for people displaced by the
earthquake, 20 primary schools, and a general hospital. In 2000, LCIF
assisted with almost US$500,000 to assist rebuild areas affected by the Orissa
cyclone. A total of 360 homes, nine community centers, five schools, and
two orphanages were constructed.
established the South Asia Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund (#5105) for Lions,
clubs, districts and others to assist relief efforts by Lions. The funds are
supporting immediate needs such as food and water and will support long-term
Mail a check to LCIF. Make the check payable to LCIF
and write “tsunami relief” in the memo field. Send the check to LCIF,
300 W. 22nd St.
, Attn.: Donor Services.
Make a credit card donation with a MasterCard, Visa
or American Express by calling LCIF at 630-571-5466, ext. 517 or 554. Call
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST.
a credit card donation with a MasterCard, Visa or American Express by faxing
to LCIF the name of your credit card, credit card number, expiration date
and amount of donation. LCIF’s fax number is 630-571-5735.
LCIF a U.S. dollar check drawn on a
financial institution. Make the check payable to LCIF and write “tsunami
relief” in the memo field. Send the check to LCIF,
300 W. 22nd St.
, Attn.: Donor Services.
a direct deposit of local currency into an existing LCI account. Specify
“LCIF tsunami relief” on the deposit slip and send a copy to LCIF via
a direct wire transfer. For assistance with this option or the other
donation options, contact Gerry Bara of LCIF Donor Services at email@example.com
or by phone at 630-571-5466, ext. 581.
this is a donation to a specific initiative, it is not eligible for Melvin Jones
Fellowship recognition. The main purpose of the MJF program is to
encourage and recognize Lions who donate unrestricted
funds to LCIF to support all of the foundation's grant program and to provide
for our annual funding. Allowing MJF recognition for donations to a
specific disaster could cause a sharp drop in unrestricted donations and impact
LCIF’s ability to fund its many programs.
donations for tsunami relief are counted toward an individual’s and a club’s
cumulative giving totals to LCIF, which help qualify an individual and club for
various recognition programs. Also, the names of individuals and clubs that make
significant donations will be posted on a new Web site LCIF is creating on the
disaster. All donors will be recognized in special reports in the near future,
that LCIF is unable to accept offers of goods such as blankets, clothing or
food. It is not logistically feasible for LCIF to process and transport such
Donate to LCIF
who donate to other relief agencies or Lions districts that donate directly to
another district affected by the tsunami are to be commended for their
generosity. But donating to LCIF carries several important advantages.
to LCIF are a highly efficient and effective way to help people impacted by
the tsunamis. Every donated dollar goes directly to relief efforts; LCIF’s
administrative costs are paid for by interests on investments.
donations empower local Lions who are familiar with the needs of their
community to meet the most critical needs of their community. There are
73,000 Lions on the ground in the hardest hit regions of India, Sri Lanka,
Thailand and Indonesia who are able to come to the aid of those most in
need. LCIF has a long history of disaster relief and filling
in the gaps not covered by other relief agencies.
grants are often matched by grants from other agencies. Thus donations made
to LCIF are eventually leveraged by other grants, maximizing the power and
reach of a single donation.
takes a comprehensive, coordinated approach to disaster recovery, instead of
piecemeal solutions. LCIF strategically plans long-term recovery efforts by
working with committees of leading Lions and by working with government
officials and other non-governmental organizations. Quite frequently, the
government officials and non-profit leaders are Lions themselves,
immeasurably increasing LCIF’s ability to move projects forward to a
speedy completion. In
, for example, the Minister of Housing is a Lion, and the Lions there are
actually working in coordination with the government to direct other aid
a rule, LCIF does not send funding to local Lions districts without knowing
precise needs and without assurance that the local Lions are avoiding
duplication of efforts. Donors can rest assured also knowing there is strict
oversight of grants:
All Emergency Grants are awarded solely on the basis
of a detailed application from the affected district. A specific action plan
must be presented and must include which villages and how many people will be
helped and what relief items will be purchased.
Districts provide final reports that must include
documentation, receipts and bank account statements for the funds disbursed,
along with photos of the relief effort and other details. In South Asia,
those final reports are audited and double-checked by LCIF’s office in
LCIF has been awarding Emergency Grants in these
countries for 30 years and has vast experience in ensuring proper coordination
The local Lions who are spending the Emergency
Grants also use their own funds and in many instances spend double or triple the
amount that LCIF awarded them, which speaks to the care in which Lions use LCIF
will continue to keep you updated through these bulletins. Also, in the near
future, LCIF will have a new Web site containing the latest information on
the tsunami disaster. Its address will be www.lions-tsunami.org.
funds will be awarded by LCIF in the coming days as needs are assessed.
Your generosity is deeply appreciated and your continued support is desperately