"Serving the Children of the World"
Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Today, Kiwanis stands with more than 600,000 members from K-Kids to Key Club to Kiwanis and many ages in between in 80 nations and geographic areas. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance.
Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year.
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 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.
Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD)
In addition to partnering with UNICEF to eliminate MNT, the Kiwanis family (members and clubs) has raised and leveraged almost $100 million toward the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental and developmental disabilities in the world. UNICEF heralded the effort as one of the most successful health initiatives ever. Today, Kiwanis International works for the sustained elimination of IDD through the Iodine Global Network — a coalition of public, private, international and civic organizations working to create a world where all people attain optimal iodine nutrition.
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.