Serving the children of the world
702,700 adult and youth members
353,000 adult members
349,700 youth members
8,309 adult clubs
7,930 youth clubs
Each year, Kiwanis clubs:
• Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects
• Raise more than US$100 million
• Devote more than 18.5 million hours to
• Every Kiwanian impacts the lives of 200
More than 80 nations and geographic areas
Some numbers are rounded
Kiwanis InternationalKiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The organization was founded January 21, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, the following year. In the early years, members focused on business networking but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. Today, 315,450 adult members in over 8,300 clubs and from more than 80 nations and geographic areas dedicate themselves to serving the children of the world.
Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis International club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Kiwanis members stage nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than 6 million hours of service and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects.
In 2011, Kiwanis International and UNICEF joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) from around the globe. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 49,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. Kiwanis International’s part in this joint Eliminate Project was its pledge to raise US$110 million to help fund the elimination of the disease in the countries that remain at risk. The target of US$110 million which was achieved in 2016 has contributed to eliminating MNT in 43 countries since the start of project.
Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District
Kiwanis clubs are divided into districts which exist to help Kiwanis clubs and Kiwanis International advance the objectives, policies and strategic goals of Kiwanis.
The Kiwanis Club of Barbados South is a member of the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District, one of the largest and most diverse of the 50 districts that comprise the Kiwanis family. The District serves the communities in Eastern Canada and the following Caribbean Countries: Bahamas, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Suriname, French Guiana, St Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, Guyana, St-Kitts and Haiti. It comprises of 25 Divisions, 240 clubs and 6600 adult members.
Service Leadership ProgrammeKiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable, and compassionate leaders by helping them learn to help others. Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis teaches young leaders new ways to improve the world by serving one child and one community at a time.
Kiwanis clubs you have the privilege of serving and guiding these young leaders by sponsoring any of the following programmes:
The Kiwanis Club of Barbados South currently sponsors five Key clubs and six K-Kids clubs.
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