Disaster relief operations in Gujrat - The Lions motto of ‘helping where help is needed’ was demonstrated by the work undertaken by the Lions Clubs of Gujrat through the emergency Rescue & Relief Operation that was launched during the 26th January, 2001 earthquake that rocked Gujrat. While immediate relief was organized in the form of food, clothing and temporary shelter; Lions undertook a 3 year long project to provide permanent dwelling by constructing 953 houses, 20 schools and 1 hospital in this region. All this was made possible through the generous donations of Lions, non-Lion members and a number of philanthropic organizations from across the world. Lions Clubs International Foundation contributed Rs. 9.67 crores. The Government of Gujrat, through the Gujrat State Disaster Management Authority, sanctioned Rs. 74.20 Lakhs for infrastructure services to build housing colonies.
This effort of the Lions not only helped people build homes and restore livelihood, it also helped many people build their lives and hope in humanity. The impact we make on lives is at the heart of everything we do.
The cloud burst and torrential rains in the hilly areas of Uttarakashi, Uttara Khand, in June 2013 caused devastating floods and landslides in the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 Tsunami. Landslides, due to the floods, damaged several houses and structures, killing those who were trapped. Seeing the situation, Lions Clubs Kashipur immediately rallied its forces and donated 20 quintals of rice, 2 quintals of cereals and 200 tarpaulins to Addl. SP Mr. Jagar Ram Joshi as assistance for those who were stranded.
According to WHO, malaria claims approximately 2,000 lives daily, mostly victims belonging to remote areas of India.
Lions Clubs, Ratlam has been conducting ‘Mission Malaria’ since 2004 to combat the life threatening mosquito borne disease, benefiting over 1.5 million people with free homoeopathic medicines that prevent both malaria and swine flu in these areas.
This year the club has targeted to reach 300,000 people through ‘Mission Malaria’ and have already distributed medicines to 200,000 people, with the help of the state administration department. This has resulted in decreased number of cases in the areas where the medicine has been distributed.
The Lions Clubs Foundation (LCIF) sanctioned a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$ 100,000 to MD 316 (316 A) in Hyderabad as aid, for relief operations and rehabilitation activity of the Lions Clubs in the district.
Severe cyclonic storm Hudhud hit the port city of Vishakhapatnam on Sunday, 12th October, bringing with it torrential rains in three coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh causing severe damage in the Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram, affecting more than 400,000 people. With 24 people confirmed dead, 6,500 homes destroyed, and 90,000 people relocated to temporary relief camps, Lions Clubs members of MD 316 (316 A) in Hyderabad worked tirelessly alongside government and other relief agencies to provide relief to the badly effected and displaced of the area.
In response to this disaster, LCIF awarded a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant (MCAT) to District 316-A for cyclone relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Hudhud.
40 Lions Clubs worked with local relief agencies to manage the most urgent needs among those displaced.