Lions give across the globe

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 19:00

We have all been moved by the devastation in our own state, country — and now in the Philippines.

Many here in Alaska have family members that are waiting for news of their safety.

It will be many years before most of the people affected by recent tragedies will find life again as they knew it.

Hopefully, Lions will help ease their burden somewhat with our donations and service. At our recent midwinter conference, we pledged thousands of dollars through our foundation to assist these lives hit so hard. Lions donated $47,000 at the conference to assist here locally.

This week, I would like to tell you what Lions accomplished in Guatemala in August.

A group of 21 adults from Alaska and Washington completed a number of projects during an intensive week in Guatemala. Hosted by Hope Haven International Ministries, the group raised $15,000 in cash plus substantial gifts in kind that enabled the group to complete a number of humanitarian projects.

The team was a diverse group that had never met each other until arriving in Guatemala. They immediately turned to the work at hand with a cooperative spirit.


While in Guatemala, the work of the team included:

· Conducting a three-day sewing clinic for 32 women of the Guatemaltecas de Corazon Coop in the community of Xenacoj, teaching basic and advanced sewing skills and helping them develop items for sale.

· Constructing three weather-proof metal relief homes (15-by-18 feet) — gifted by Alaska for Mayan families and supplying the homes with bunk beds (built by team members) and mattresses.

· Providing custom fitted wheelchairs for eight disabled children and pet mobility carts for adults.

· Distributing five household water filters, 15 fuel-efficient stoves, 60 solar light bulbs and 50 packages of high nutrition grain cereal during 33 calls on Mayan families in the community of Xenacoj.

· Providing basic health care plus dental and surgical services to a large Mayan population near Camanchaj. The team delivered more than 150 pounds of medical supplies as gifts from Alaskans.

· Delivered 60-plus pounds of school supplies to 45 Mayan children of the Susanna Wesley School ages 4-8 in Camanchaj.


If you would like to be a part of this service organization and help your community, contact Karen Burns at 242-1129. Visit our websites to learn about what community projects we have and find one that suits your passions at or


With the holiday season upon us, there are many projects you can become involved with to meet your passions.

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