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Lions Clubs to increase their impact in India in next three years

Sets up special cell to identify and execute government and corporate partnership projects.

Mumbai, 17th September, 2014: Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization, today announced its plans to increase its impact in India over the next three years. The plan was shared by Mr. Joe Preston, International President, Lions Clubs International, and Mr. Neville Mehta, International Secretary, Lions Clubs International, (ISAAME – India, South Asia, Africa and Middle East).

India is the second largest group of Lions volunteers in the world (and fastest growing) after the USA, with 2,25,345 members across 6,355 clubs. In addition to direct impact on society that Lions Clubs in India deliver through local efforts, India is also one of the largest recipients of grants from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (US$ 82 million). While Lions will continue to provide help wherever help is needed, there will be special emphasis on hunger and agriculture projects, youth education and skills training, disaster relief and eyesight cures.

Highlights of the Lions impact plan for India:

Partnership projects for greater effect on society
A special cell has been created to help corporates, government bodies, NGOs and philanthropists to partner with Lions who will help them identify, facilitate, and successfully implement projects for various social needs. Lions Clubs is the worldwide leading NGO for accountability, transparency and partnerships. It has vast expertise in managing and executing large social projects, working closely with the partner, ensuring accountability and effectiveness.

“Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), the charitable hand of Lions Clubs is a zero expense organization that works directly with the partner for total implementation of turnkey projects. Lions does not charge any processing fees for administration or management of the Foundation which ensures that every Rupee spent by the partner will be maximized towards the cause,” said Mr. Neville Mehta, International Secretary, Lions Clubs International, ISAAME.

Enhancement of “Lions Alert” readiness system for disaster relief
Lions Clubs International is one of the most effective service organizations whose members are trained to quickly mobilize manpower and financial assistance for disaster relief. A team of experts in disaster relief will provide additional training at camps throughout the country for disaster relief preparedness.

Lions Quest: K-12 education to inculcate strong values and self-reliance in youth
A society is built on the character of its people of which education plays a critical role. Lions Quest is one of Lions most successful international programs. It is a K-12 program that works on positive youth development that unites the home, school and community to cultivate capable and healthy young people of strong character. Lions Quest helps students grow into solid citizens as they learn how to make responsible decisions, communicate effectively, manage adolescent issues, and deal with the evils of society such as drugs and violence. More than 13 million young people have taken part in a Lions Quest classroom in 85 countries, and more than 5,50,000 educators and other adults have been trained to implement the programs in schools and community settings.

Lions will approach corporate and government bodies to partner with them on Lions Quest programs which can be localized to the specific needs of a particular state or strata of society.

Spread of social service message
Lions Clubs are a volunteer based organization. Over the next eighteen months, Lions Clubs in India will reach out to society through a series of invitational programs to encourage people to understand the social benefits of sharing a small amount of their time in service to their community. Inspired by their International President’s theme of ‘Each One, Ask One,’ Lions is also targeting to increase their member network by at least 8% in India. Youth will be an important audience in this effort.

About Lions Clubs International
With 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members across 209 countries, Lions Clubs is the world’s largest service club organization and also the most effective. The Lions Clubs Mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. Ready to help, worldwide—Lions are a global service network of volunteers that make a difference in their local communities. Whenever a Lions Club gets together, problems get smaller and communities get better.

Lions Clubs established its presence in India in 1956. India is the second largest group of Lions volunteers in the world after USA with 6,335 clubs and 2,25,345 members, and the fastest growing. Lions reach out to help anywhere across the country, even in the remotest locations.

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