Serving the Children of the World
Kiwanis of East Orange County focuses mostly on our local community, but we also join efforts with other Kiwanis Clubs around the world to tackle a large health issue. The first Worldwide Service Project we tackled was Iodine Deficiency. Today, about 70 percent of the people in the developing world have access to iodized salt, and UNICEF has hailed this project as one of the greatest public health triumphs of the 20th century. Through the dedication and hard work of the Kiwanis family, not only in raising money but also in raising awareness of the problem and motivating governments and industry to act, millions of children have been protected against the invisible but devastating effects of iodine deficiency.
Once the world had a good handle on Iodine Deficiency, Kiwanis decided to focus on another project. Our second Worldwide Service Project is named The Eliminate Project. Since the project started in 2010, Kiwanis committed to raising over $110 million dollars and partner with Unicef to save the lives of women and babies that are dying around the world because of contracting Tetanus during childbirth. Our club donated $23,250, which protected the lives of 12,916 mothers and their babies around the world. Learn more about The Eliminate Project here.