Puno Lions Club
An indispensable partner in the Chijnaya Foundation's health promotion campaigns, the Lions Club of Puno, Peru, is one of 45,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographic areas that constitute Lions Club International, the world’s largest service club organization with 1,350,000 members. The mission of Lions Clubs is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.
The Lions Club of Puno, founded in 1949 , brings the energy and expertise of its 23 members to projects that make a positive difference in the city of Puno and surrounding rural towns and villages. The Puno Lions Club partnered with the Chijnaya Foundation and Loma Linda University School of Public Health in 2007 to sponsor eye and general health care clinics in Chijnaya. For each of four clinic days, the Lions Club provided two physicians who saw some 160 patients, and its additional volunteer workers provided hundreds of pairs of prescription glasses to adult and child patients whose vision was found to need correction. The Lions Club of Puno is looking forward to further collaboration with the Chijnaya Foundation, in projects that may range from assisting the Foundation with its Oral Health Program and to working with the community of Chijnaya and on an environmental health project focused on planting trees.