Kids need Kiwanis. Thank you for becoming a member and changing their lives. We hope you can see the difference your club makes in your community. One thing that makes Kiwanis really great is that we can serve both locally and globally.
Kiwanis has been involved in several large-scale global initiatives. In the 1990s, we partnered with UNICEF on our first Worldwide Service Project, a fundraising initiative that helped iodize salt in many countries and virtually eliminate iodine deficiency disorders—the leading cause of preventable mental disabilities. Kiwanians around the world joined the fight, raising more than US$100 million. The effort has been lauded as one of the greatest public health triumphs in the 20th century.
We are currently partnering with UNICEF to rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a horrible and painful disease that kills mothers and newborn babies. This global health initiative, The Eliminate Project, began in 2010 and has saved millions of lives, significantly reducing the number of MNT-related deaths each year and the number of nations at risk of MNT. Through fundraising, Kiwanis members provide the funding UNICEF needs to deliver vaccination programs in areas of the world impacted by MNT.
Would you like to be a part of an organization that’s saving lives around the world! Want to learn more? Read about our efforts to help change—and save—children’s lives.