Uruguay Sonrisas Community Center

Uruguay Sonrisas Community Center


This place has been
here for 20 years and over the last few
years it had been closed because it needed renovating. When we came here
for the first time, the most shocking thing for me
was that it was a sad place. It was not a place for
children or babies, which was originally
its mission. The LCIF Leo Service Grant gave our Leo club the opportunity to make a positive impact
in our community. If we hadn’t received the funds through
Lions Clubs International Foundation, it would not have been possible. We came here every
weekend to paint the walls, fix the roof and clean the floors. It started to look better. We could see that it was becoming
a place where kids could come. So with this project we got
to renovate the place and help it become the center
of the neighborhood again. When all the kids come here it’s a tremendous
feeling of happiness. It’s incredible. They transmit
so much energy and they make
you want to play. All the people here
make me laugh and we have fun. Here I have friends and I have a great time. What’s important about this activity is that Leos and Lions
are working together. There is never a division
between Leos and Lions projects. Each one always contributes to
the best of their knowledge, applying their experience
and work potential to make this project a success. Many times we at the Lions
clubs are in our own reality and we do not realize that
the world is changing. Young people force us to realize
that things have changed. Having the ability to turn to
the International Foundation allows us to dream big. Trusting the Leos, by providing us with
financial support, means we are able to improve the
life of our communities.

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