Lions Club of Hyderabad South (District 320 D) is a 49 year old premier club in the city of Hyderabad, India. Chartered on 22nd April, 1967, the club is supported with the active involvement from generous members and philanthropists.
The past 4 District Governors of the club have been noted dignitaries including, Late Lion O.P.Tibrewala, Lion Badri Vishal Bansal, Lion K V Anand and Lion Suneeta Anand.
As part of one of the world's largest service organizations, the club has always been in the forefront to serve the society through its diverse service activities; from providing health and education to constructing permanent structures for the benefit of society.
In the past 49 years of active service, the club has undertaken construction of 100 permanent structures including, class rooms, water tanks, bus shelters and bore wells.
With a keen interest in conducting health camps, the club had undertaken a mission to serve the community by distributing free medicines and free spectacles, in localities and schools throughout the year. For a smooth roll out of their plan, the club had a tie up with health institutions and doctors, owing to the medical relevance of their mission.
Among the notable projects of the club, include:
1) Matadin Goel’s Physiotherapy Centre at Basheerbagh, Hyderabad.
2) Sardar Balbeer Singh Mujral (PMTC) Memorial Hospital at Autonagar, Hyderabad with an outpatient clinic and satellite dental clinic.
A satellite vision center from the Lions club of Hyderabad Sadhuram Eye Hospital is also in the pipeline.
For the purpose, the club has tied up with the Bhoruka Charitable Trust, to regularly conduct HIV/SIT tests along with counseling sessions. As an achievement, the two centers have served thousands of needy individuals in the past year.
To celebrate its Golden Jubilee this year, 2016-17, the club has introduced a campaign, #RelievingTheHunger to promote the program as a centennial service challenge.
As part of the program, the club will reach out to 50 orphanages, children's homes, old age homes and other charitable residential institutions, to provide food hampers at each of these target areas.
Every hamper will consist of 50 Kilograms of rice , 10 Kilograms of toor daal (Pigeon Pea - Pulses ), 5 Kilograms of atta, 5 Kilograms of sugar and 5 Litres of cooking oil; a quantity sufficient enough to provide at least 200 meals.
The total cost of this hamper is approximately Rs. 4700/-, comprising of quality material only and accounting to a total of Rs. 2,50,000/-
Additionally, a member from the club had also sponsored 7500 meals worth Rs. 1,50,000/- , through the Hare Krishna Mission - Bojanamrita scheme in which, a free one time meal was provided at the Indo America Cancer Institute, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, to the attendants of the patients for an entire month. The Hare Krishna Mission is also running this program in 15 other hospitals across the city.
Although there are investments made for equipments and building of structures, there is very little provision for daily needs, which is why, the club is keen to support such initiatives.
In a recent activity, the club donated 250 bath soaps, 1500 long note books, undergarments for girls and boys and sanitary napkins. With a coverage of 15 homes in the past 3 months, the club is hopeful of a more successful outlook here onwards. Fundings for the program has been derived from club members and other well-wishers.
After a successful distribution initiative, the club organized a Fundraising program on 27th August, 2016, at a hotel with soulful music, followed with dinner.
The club has also been able to chalk out a future strategy to help the poor, identifying individuals who are in the business of commodities and other materials, which can be donated and convinces them to donate the items to the needy, instead selling them off.
As a recent achievement, 270 new baby frocks were delivered to Goonj by convincing an associate who is in business of readymade garments. The total cost of these materials were Rs. 50,000/-
Another member, the owner of a flour mill regularly supplies 100 kilograms of atta and rava to an orphanage every month, while another member, who has been a district governor in the past and is in the business of blankets, has pledged to donate 250 new blankets in the coming winters.
A club member’s associate from Surat runs a saree manufacturing unit and has offered to donate 100 fancy sarees this festive season. The club shall be gifting these to municipal sweepers who do their bit as a part of the Swachh Bharat Program, giving them something to look forward to, this Diwali.
On 24th September, 2016, the club undertook a permanent project at the sewing training center in Ameerpet, Hyderabad, in association with a local community welfare society.
5 regular and 2 special embroidery sewing machines were donated to a training center for women from nearby slum areas. A tutor was also appointed to teach at a nominal charge. The vision of the project is to empower 150 women every year to become economically independent and support their families.
The club is excited to undertake more of such projects in the coming years, and encourage all its members to come together with the creativity and zeal to help those in need.
They will also be working on 2 more sewing training centers, besides analyzing the other avenues for support and are hopeful that they will celebrate their Golden Jubilee with an impact on society, in another memorable year of service.