HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS

CLAUDETTE O’MALLY, MJF

DISTRICT CHAIR

region 1

St.Catherine Central

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(876) 288-8040

SHARON EPHRAIM

ASSOCIATE CHAIR

region 3

Castries

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(758) 285-9463

WARREN FRANCIS, JR

ASSOCIATE CHAIR

region 4

Port Antonio

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(876) 833-0320


DISTRCT PROGRAMME – HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS

LIONISTIC YEAR 2019 – 2020

Lions International perspective - One of the many ways we can serve

GLOBAL CAUSES

Our new Global Cause give Lions around the world new opportunities to unite, so we can address some of the most pressing issues facing humanity, such as (Hunger & Homelessness) This year we are encouraging all clubs to expand their Service and use the resources available to them to make an even bigger difference in their various countries and communities.

District perspective

Within all 60B territories it is evident that there is an increase in the number of persons displaced from their homes for one reason or another, including but not limited to, increasing poverty due to unemployment, family conflicts, mental illnesses as well as other issues. With this increase in homelessness it has been realised that there has also been an increase in the need for food even among those who are not homeless as the gaps in poverty widens across all region and the world.

In many territories, because of the exponential growth in this group we realise that state provisions are limited and cannot adequately address the needs of this group. As a movement predicated on stemming the needs of others through service, the Lions Clubs of District 60B must with all effort, seek to eradicate hunger and homelessness over time in our territories.

It is based on this eminent need that the Clubs of the District must gear their projects in a more strategic and meaningful way to positively affecting this issue.

As a committee it is our belief that we as clubs should reorganise and expand our reach in order to be more impactful in this critical area of support.

Overall Goal:

‘Serving without Boundaries…a call to eradicate Hunger and Homelessness!’

Goals:

The needs of people in our various communities is increasing day by day, we see so many persons in our streets homeless and without proper or no food to eat;

  • Clubs are encouraged to look beyond their usual activities and conduct proper needs assessment. Based on the communities’ needs, clubs should engage in projects to mitigate against hunger concerns.
  • Conduct proper needs analysis of the target group before engaging in projects.
  • Clubs must seek to go beyond previous efforts to touch lives and transform our communities.
  • Increase partnerships with Non-Governmental Organisations NGO’s and Government agencies.
  • To have each club engage in at least one hunger and one homelessness activity per quarter.
  • Engage in larger projects aimed at increasing hunger and homelessness eradication.
  • Begin to create more sustainable H&H Projects.
  • Increase the level of reporting done at the District level.
  • Increase the level of publicity in the area of H&H.
  • Engage in and increase award\reward initiative.

Clubs should focus on the following:

The need to embrace the use of LCI program for Hunger, this is not new to clubs in the District.

Many of our people go to bed hungry – the need to work with local agencies/organizations to determine areas and quantum of people thus affected. Doing more analysis of the target group using existing data.

The number of street people in communities seems to be on the increase, clubs need to improve on the projects undertaken before or to carryout similar projects to assist persons on the streets that are not able to get a proper meal or a place to sleep; they also need to make sure that those persons receive clean clothing and grooming.

Endeavour to make a significant dent in the lives of the unfortunate people in the communities

Projects should be impactful and so could be done by a group of clubs or on a zonal basis and/or with the input of other like-minded charitable organizations and the business communities.

Create more medium to long term programmes to better serve the hungry and homeless.

Strategies to consider in the implementation process

Based on the increased needs for resources, technical skills and manpower that would be required to expand their reach in this area, clubs would need to rethink and realign some of their existing strategies in order to meet the proposed goal outlined above. It is for this purpose that Clubs look at ‘regular’ average manpower and financial based projects and ‘Go Big Projects’ which would demand more planning, technical expertise but would be sustainable to impact change over time. With this in mind Clubs could engage in the following:

For Regular Projects

  • Clubs should seek to raise funds specifically for the programme
  • Sponsor or participate in “food drives” to help local food pantry
  • Prepare and deliver food to senior citizens homes
  • Assist schools with feeding programmes in providing healthy meals
  • Prepare and deliver food hampers to needy families and senior citizens
  • Serve at soup kitchens or help feed street (homeless)people
  • Adopt a poor and struggling family/families
  • Create greater and more sustained awareness programs.
  • Undertake a project with abused women and children’s shelters
  • Plan and coordinate with half way houses and rehabilitation centres to integrate street people, especially young street persons, into their programmes and provide shelter where possible.
  • Partner to help create skills training programmes to assist the homeless and shelter wards.
  • Shower, shave clothe and feed street people where possible with the assistance of other organizations and businesses (including hairdressers, barbers etc).
  • Clothing, shoes and food drives for the homeless
  • Assist in home repairs
  • Partner with health professionals to assist with health checks for the homeless: checking of vitals, blood sugar, blood pressure etc.

Go Big Projects

  • Construct soup kitchens in strategic locations with the assistance of the business communities
  • Have fundraisers to support homeless and hunger programme
  • Organise hunger walks in partnership with local businesses or other organizations (including governmental agencies).
  • Plan and coordinate with half way houses and rehabilitation centres to integrate street people, especially young street persons, into their programmes and provide shelter where possible.
  • Create greater and more sustained awareness programs.
  • Shower, shave clothe and feed street people where possible with the assistance of other organizations and businesses (including hairdressers, barbers etc).
  • Assist in home repairs

Reporting outline:

There is need to improve on our visibility and one way to do same is to report more frequently and on everything that is done per month locally. Reporting generally will help us to move from being the best kept secret to becoming the best known entity to impact change.

Clubs need to report through service chairpersons monthly on every activity undertaken; outlining the type of project, how impactful the project was; how many lives were touched in the specific project; how many hours the project lasted; how many persons in the community the project impacted.

What is the Lions Clubs doing in the area of H&H?

It has been said that we are the best kept secret in service…how do we change that? We propose the increase involvement of traditional and non-traditional media as a means to widen our presence throughout the district. The proposed strategies are as follows:

  • For increased visibility the placing of signs, plaques of erection and other symbols of note where structures are built or where the partnership is strong must be a mainstay with club.
  • Partnering with the press when activities are undertaken to has television and print exposure as well as heavy use of social media having action pictures and short videos with testimonials as a part of the reports posted.

Areas which will be rewarded:

Reward Sweetens Labour, and so I believe clubs should be rewarded/acknowledged in the following areas:

  • Best Club Project
  • Most outstanding partnership project
  • Most outstanding community project
  • Most outstanding awareness project
  • Club with the most projects undertaken in Hunger/Homelessness for Lionistic Year
  • Best reporting club

These awards would be presented at the end of the Fiscal Year, using Region Chairpersons’ awards as automatic nominations or have them select nominees in their Regions for said awards in the areas of Hunger and Homelessness.

We look forward to reading your reports and viewing your pictures/videos as We Serve without boundaries to eradicate Hunger & Homeless.

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