Kiwanis 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 itís 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 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 Internationalís 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. To date the organization has raised just under US$104 million which has contributed to eliminating MNT in 38 countries since the start of project.
Eastern Canada and Caribbean District
The Eastern Canada and Caribbean District is 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 28 Divisions, 240 clubs and 6600 adult members.
Service Leadership Programme
Kiwanis 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:
Kiwanis Kids (K-Kids) is a club for primary school students between the ages of 6 and 12.
Builders Club is a leadership program for secondary school students under 15 years of age.
Key Club International is the largest high school service leadership organization in the world for secondary school children above 15 years of age.
Circle K International is a global service organization for university students.
Aktion Club is the only community-service club for adults living with disabilities.
The Kiwanis Club of Barbados South currently sponsors five Key clubs and six K-Kids clubs.