Lions Club steps up efforts to help orphans
By Arusha Times Correspondent
The Lions Club of Arusha has initiated efforts to have a children’s home in the municipality by marshaling local and international resources, according to the club's outgoing chairman, Mr Satish Sharma.
Already 27 orphanages are beneficiary of the facility known as "Huruma Orphanage Centre" located near Unga Limited. "The home can easily take another 15 to 20 orphanage", Mr Sharma said during his address at the installation of the new Lions leadership for year 2003/2004 at the Novotel. The amount has been raised through local and international efforts.
This is apart from running the club's permanent project of providing food, education, clothing, medication and other welfare to the children at the center.
He also disclosed that 78 cataract operations were conducted by the club between 2002/2003, and eye ailments, including a corneal transplant. The cataract operations cost the club approximately three million/-.
The club also sponsored eight heart patients to go to Hyderabad, India for treatment.
"Lions in conjunction with friends of Karatu donated school and hospital equipment, including computers, beds, etc to Karatu district hospital and Karatu district school at a cost of about half million Euros," he added.
The outgoing chairman stated the highlight of the year was a successful cabinet meeting of the Lions District 411 in Arusha and attracting all the governors in the district and two international directors at the same time.
"Also our extension program saw the birth of the new Century Club of Arusha. It gives me great pleasure to record that our new sister club is doing superb humanitarian work."
The new chairman of the Club, Mr Suryakant Kalyani, assured the members that during his one-year tenure, he would work hard in arranging as many eye camps as possible and to reinforce the Ear, Nose Throat (ENT) project in Arusha.
During this tenure of office, Mr Kalyani said he would shore up resources to build a permanent "Lions Club House" within the Arusha Municipality. So far the club has been operating from offices of the members.
Lion Ajmer Singh Jandu conducted the installation ceremony.
The ceremony was also attended by the chairman of the Century Club, Mr Hiten Nathwani and President of the Rotary Club of Arusha Mount Meru, Mr Deepa Hans, among others.
July 25, 2003.