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Haiti Earthquake - Lions Relief Activities
There can hardly be a worse disaster. The infrastructure of government, transport,
food and water, health, all of life’s essentials, gone. The means to start recovery,
broken and missing. The only hope, what can be brought in from outside.
This was Haiti the morning after the earthquake, and as soon as details began to
filter out, the relief activities began. And among the agencies helping was Lions
And as with the Asian Tsunami, Lions began the relief efforts immediately, because
Lions were already there. Lions from Haiti, whose own homes had been devastated,
quickly joined in the work, and acted as focus points for assistance from abroad.
What Are We Doing To Help?
Within hours of news of the magnitude of the major earthquake in Haiti, Lions Clubs
from across the British Isles and Ireland were busy fund raising and making donations
to our Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to provide immediate response
aid to the people of Haiti.
Simultaneously, the 45,000 Lions Clubs and their 1.3 million members across the world
were also responding to the urgent need for humanitarian services.
Lions Clubs in the British Isles have already donated £155,000, together with a further
Euro 76,000 from Ireland, which, as part of the more than US$ 2 million provided
by LCIF, have ensured the immediate needs are met. Supplies of water, food and medical
supplies were provided by 22nd January and distributed by Haitian Lions and Leo Clubs
to a hospital and orphanage. The Lions Clubs of the adjacent Dominican Republic have
also been making a major contribution by providing us with an additional logistical
routing by ferrying contributed supplies across the border to Haiti.
Haitian Lions have established three tent cities, each capable of providing accommodation
for 1,200 people in Delmas, Blanchard and Carrefour-Feuille and have continued to
provide the essential support to maintain them.
LCIF is also partnering with shipping company Maersk , to ship tents, donated by
the Lions Clubs of Sweden, and food donated by the World Food Programme, to Haiti
free of charge. Further discussions are in progress with other relief agencies.
Whilst currently focussing on immediate needs and the continued provision of supplies,
Lions Clubs are also developing, together with Lions Club members from the local
area, a long-term plan for reconstruction. Amongst projects being considered are
building a school and an ophthalmic clinic.
Lions Clubs in the British Isles and Ireland have appointed a Disaster Response Committee
to develop plans for our contribution to the overall long term needs, in conjunction
with LCIF, by investigating and financing a specific rehabilitation project.