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Initiatives in Africa: The Joy of Learning | New Skills, New Life | Sight First Initative


Shiny E News From Ethiopia.

The 14th Trachoma week, under the LIONS-CARTER CENTER SIGHT FIRST INITIATIVE, from 31st May to 5th June 2015, in Bati in the Amhara Regional State of Ethiopia, saw the participation of millions of people from across the region.

This week long campaign benefitted over 5 million people through the distribution of antibiotics and other health related programs. The program also saw the involvement of about 291 health workers, 840 field workers and 6351 health conscious army, which was present to help aid the people through the health check-up camps.

The Lions Step In

Local Lions in Uganda wanted to serve the community around them. Seeing the need, they began a nursery school to help working moms who didn’t have a place to leave their kids during the day. “In our community, there’s a need for a school of this type,” said Herman Joseph Musiitwa of the Masaka Lions Club. “There are lots of schools around, but they don’t really take into consideration each and every need of a young child.” With a $62,000 grant from LCIF, the Lions of Masaka were able to build and operate an early childhood education center.

Everyone Wins

The Lions Club Children’s Center Masaka is the only nursery school in the city. The Lions are heavily involved in the school and make sure the children have all the tools they need. Many Lions volunteer on a regular basis, helping in the classroom and other areas.

The school staff has tremendous energy, and a real gift for capturing the children’s enthusiasm and respect. In class, children learn essential skills that prepare them for their next stage in life. The children also enjoy working with the Lions. The love that fills the school overflows, and keeps both children and grown-ups happy, healthy and coming back for more.

Fun Facts

Everyday, Lions and school staff greet 210 eager and joyful preschool children, ranging in age from 3-6 years old. Together, they work to prepare them for grade school in a fun and engaging way. Admittance is on a first come first serve basis and there is usually a waiting list to get in.



The Joy of Learning

Lions build a preschool to help working moms – and give kids a brighter future.

Access to education is a challenge for people living in developing countries. In Uganda, the need was critical for mothers of preschool children who had to work – but had no child care options.

The Lions Step In

Local Lions in Uganda wanted to serve the community around them. Seeing the need, they began a nursery school to help working moms who didn’t have a place to leave their kids during the day. “In our community, there’s a need for a school of this type,” said Herman Joseph Musiitwa of the Masaka Lions Club. “There are lots of schools around, but they don’t really take into consideration each and every need of a young child.” With a $62,000 grant from LCIF, the Lions of Masaka were able to build and operate an early childhood education center.

Everyone Wins

The Lions Club Children’s Center Masaka is the only nursery school in the city. The Lions are heavily involved in the school and make sure the children have all the tools they need. Many Lions volunteer on a regular basis, helping in the classroom and other areas.

The school staff has tremendous energy, and a real gift for capturing the children’s enthusiasm and respect. In class, children learn essential skills that prepare them for their next stage in life. The children also enjoy working with the Lions. The love that fills the school overflows, and keeps both children and grown-ups happy, healthy and coming back for more.

Fun Facts

Everyday, Lions and school staff greet 210 eager and joyful preschool children, ranging in age from 3-6 years old. Together, they work to prepare them for grade school in a fun and engaging way. Admittance is on a first come first serve basis and there is usually a waiting list to get in.



New Skills, New Life

Lions improve lives by educating women and children

About 20 percent of Morocco’s population lives at or below the poverty line. Young children often miss out on the nutrition needed for their growing bodies, as well as the education necessary for their expanding minds. Many adult women, including the growing number of single mothers, never had the opportunity to attend school and lack job skills such as the ability to read or write.

The Lions Step In

The Rabat Chelleh Lions Club saw the challenges uneducated women with children faced on their own. The Lions wanted to provide hope to these families and help meet the national goal of promoting literacy. By establishing a school for women that includes a preschool and education center for their children, Lions are fulfilling the needs of the entire family. “It was our dream for a long time and now many children are receiving an education,” said Nicole Mejjati, a member of the Rabat Chelleh Lions Club.

Hard Work Pays Off

The Lions who work at the center as tutors, mentors and role models are changing the lives of Moroccan women – one family at a time. While the youngest students play with blocks in one classroom, older students learn Arabic and French in another area. All students receive a hot meal, which for some, is their only meal of the day. “We are very proud and happy because these children have learned to read and write,” said Lion Khadija Guedira.

These services allow mothers time to work on their own education. In a country where 55 percent of women older than 15 cannot read or write, these vital skills empower the students. “I never learned to read or write until I came here,” said student Fatima Meden. “Yesterday, I cried in the center because I’m so happy to be able to learn.”

Fast Facts

Without the assistance of Lions, 70 percent of the students could not afford school supplies or textbooks. The school teaches traditional subjects such as reading and writing, and also gives the women skills such as sewing to help them find jobs.

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