"Serving the Children of the World"
Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs—nearly 600,000 members strong—annually raise more than US$100 million and dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects that help their communities.
Collaborations with UNICEF
The Eliminate Project
Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to combat maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide. This historic initiative, called "The Eliminate Project," will protect the lives of babies and mothers all over the globe and will help end this cruel, centuries-old disease.
The final push to eliminate MNT requires $110 million and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
The more than 100 million women, along with their future newborns, who will be protected through global MNT elimination efforts live in areas scarred by poverty, poor medical infrastructure or humanitarian crises. The Eliminate Project will also help pave the way for the delivery of other lifesaving services, such as clean water, nutrition and other vaccines.
You can help. Support The Eliminate Project, the historic partnership with Kiwanis International to help rid the world of MNT.
Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD)
In addition to partnering with UNICEF to eliminate MNT, the Kiwanis family has raised and leveraged almost $100 million to virtually eliminate iodine deficiency, the single most important preventable cause of brain damage among children, and insure children a smart start in life. Members of the Kiwanis family can take great pride in their accomplishments. Through the dedication and hard work of the Kiwanis family to raise money and awareness of the problem as well as to motivate governments and industry to act, millions of children have been protected against the invisible but devastating effects of iodine deficiency.
Kiwanis-raised funds are now at work in more than 89 nations and more than 80 million children in the developing world will be born free of iodine deficiency disorder this year. The number of households estimated to be consuming iodized salt has jumped dramatically from 20 percent in 1990 to more than 70 percent in 2005, and UNICEF has hailed this project as one of the greatest public health triumphs of the 20th century.