• Closing in on victory...

    Note: This blog was updated to reflect fundraising totals as of March 23, 2016. 

    We are so close … so close to saving the lives of even more mothers and babies. So close to another humanitarian victory. So close to fulfilling our promise to raise US$110 million that will help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the earth.

    Today we’ve raised US$110 million in cash and pledges for The Eliminate Project.

    And now, more than ever, we must keep going together to finish what we started.

    Right now, 13 countries have scheduled immunization campaigns in 2016. But that can’t happen unless we can continue to fulfill pledges quickly and release the funds UNICEF needs to reach those nations. Mothers and ...

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  • A glimpse at 2016 for SLP members

    The Eliminate Project is a Kiwanis-family effort. From the youngest K-Kid to the oldest Kiwanis member, together we are making a difference in the fight to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    Many are aware that the active fundraising phase of The Eliminate Project concludes on December 31, 2015. While that is true, we have extended the timeline for members of Service Leadership Program (SLP) clubs, which includes K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K International and Aktion Club.

    We are aware of how important the second semester is for these groups. And we know how important these groups are to our fundraising efforts, raising more than US$7 million in cash and pledges to date.

    Here is what’s next for SLP ...

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  • What to share: Updates from the field

    Kiwanis International and UNICEF are achieving amazing things through The Eliminate Project. As you may recall, infant mortality rates have dropped significantly—25 fewer babies die each day—since we joined the global fight against maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). And, 19 countries have achieved MNT-free status.

    The continued generosity of Kiwanis members and clubs around the world is also paving the way for UNICEF to implement immunization activities and education campaigns in the 21 countries still at risk of MNT. Here is a sneak peek of how our dollars will help UNICEF transform some of those countries:

    Equatorial Guinea recently underwent a validation survey. Ethiopia is conducting a validation survey this month in the Somali region, the last region in ...

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  • Give the most important gift of all

    Happy holidays from The Eliminate Project!

    Whether you are still looking for the perfect holiday gift or simply wanting to make an impact before the end of the year, consider a gift that protects the connection between a mother and her child.

    Women like Ajok in South Sudan. Ajok has given birth seven times, but only three of her children are alive. Each time Ajok gave birth she was at home—a small hut—by herself. Before giving birth, she would place a blanket down on the floor. Once the baby arrived she would cut the umbilical cord herself with a razor blade.

    Reaching women like Ajok in remote communities is vital to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. A series of three ...

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  • Welcoming a new phase of The Eliminate Project

    Can you believe it? In roughly four weeks, we will say goodbye to 2015 and excitedly ring in a new year, full of new possibilities. At the same time, we will welcome a new phase of The Eliminate Project.

    As we prepare to start 2016 and the fulfillment phase of the campaign, we want to make sure that supporters like you understand how to stay connected with us.
    • Starting in January, updates from The Eliminate Project monthly newsletter will transition to the Kiwanis International Foundation newsletter. As one of our current subscribers, you will automatically receive the foundation newsletter. All you have to do is look for the first issue in your Inbox on January 23!
    • You can now receive ...

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  • A powerful experience in Ghana

    By Stan Storey, Florida District

    My recent trip to Ghana proved to be an enlightening experience. After I returned, a friend commented that it looked like all I brought back were a couple of t-shirts and souvenirs. Yet when I look at those items, I recall a powerful experience.

    The primary purpose of this field visit was to evaluate the quality and sustainability of The Eliminate Project in Ghana. Ghana was certified free of maternal and neonatal tetanus in 2011. We found that the basic principles and objectives established for the elimination of this dreadful, yet preventable, disea
    se were still in place and working very well.

    The healthcare system in Ghana appears structured with healthcare facilities and services at ...

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  • Happy National Cookie Day

    In honor of National Cookie Day, we are offering this tasty fundraising idea for clubs to support The Eliminate Project. Host a baking competition, charging tasters to sample and vote for a winner.

    This simple fundraising idea is perfect for any time of year. You can change the dessert to another crowd favorite, like chili or pies. Here are some tips to make your event a success.

    Best for: Kiwanis clubs, CKI clubs and Key Clubs

    Timeline: 3–6 weeks for preparation; 2–4 hours on day of event

    To do list:
    Select the featured food
    Pick a date and location
    Invite your favorite bakers or cooks
    Pour on the promotions
    Set a price to taste & vote
    Create ...

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  • Thank you to our newest donors

    Thank you to our newest donors (11/16/15-11/31/15) who will help save lives and eliminate MNT forever.

    Major Gift

    Brenda Leigh Johnson
    EJ Szulwach

    Model Clubs

    Almaden Valley / Cal-Nev-Ha district
    Assen / Netherlands district
    Basel-St. Alban / Switzerland-Liechtenstein district
    Durbuy / Belgium-Luxembourg district
    Greater Orlando-Winter Park / Florida district
    Overland Park / Kansas district
    Santa Clara / Cal-Nev-Ha district
    Sevierville / Kentucky-Tennessee district
    The Oaks, Baton Rouge / La-Miss-W.Tn district

    View our complete list of donors and learn more about our recognition opportunities.

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  • Give back on Giving Tuesday

    This Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

    It’s a simple idea that can have a big impact.

    For The Eliminate Project, a mere US$1.80 will protect a woman and her future babies from a deadly disease. It is a small price for a lifesaving vaccine and education.

    So join us this Tuesday for #GivingTuesday. Invite your family, friends and your company to participate. Once you give tell everyone you can about how you are giving and include #GivingTuesday in your social media posts.

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  • Christmas cards supporting The Eliminate Project

    Members of the St. Louis Center Aktion Club in Chelsea, Michigan take pride in their efforts to help protect women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. In anticipation of the holiday season each year, members design artwork for a Christmas card. The cards are sold in packages of 10 for US$10 each with proceeds benefiting The Eliminate Project.

    “This project gives each member a great sense of pride knowing that they are able to make a difference for families around the globe,” says Kelly Flaherty, Special Projects Assistant for the center.

    Once printed, members gather to assemble the cards and envelopes. It is one more way these individuals are making a difference through their club–and bringing hope to children ...

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