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World Service Activities

Kiwanis International advocates service activities to solve global problems throughout the world.

A typical example is the following "Iodine Deficiency Disease (IDD)" initiative.
We are also currently working on an ELIMINATE initiative to combat tetanus in mothers and children.
In the event of a major disaster, we are also calling for donations for disaster relief.
A separate Kiwanis International Foundation (KIF) has been established to facilitate these fundraising efforts.
KIF also annually solicits applications from service organizations, not limited to Kiwanis clubs, in need of financial assistance and makes grants to them.

Eliminate Project (2010-2020)

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This project is dedicated to the eradication of maternal and neonatal tetanus. Kiwanis has been cooperating with this UNICEF project since 2010.

Newborns suffering from maternal and neonatal tetanus have severe and repeated convulsions and are unusually sensitive to light and touch, and their mothers cannot hold them and can only watch their suffering. The survival rate for this disease is also not high.

However, the disease can be easily prevented by giving women of childbearing age three successive injections of the vaccine at a cost of about $1.8.

Kiwanis has so far raised $110 million, including donation commitments, for an estimated $387 million in vaccine injections.

This has reduced the number of babies dying from the disease from one every nine minutes in 2010, when Kiwanis began working with them, to one in 15 as of November 2020. In addition, the disease has been eliminated in 27 countries during this period.

(Photo courtesy of UNICEF/Bruno Demeocq/2016)

IDD (iodine deficiency disease) eradication activities (1993-2005)

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Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), which can cause various disorders such as mental disorders in children, is not a familiar disease in Japan, but many people around the world suffer from it. It is said that the amount of iodine needed for a person's lifetime is one teaspoon of iodine, but daily intake is necessary. Kiwanis International announced a plan to combat iodine deficiency disease as a world service activity at the 1993 Kiwanis Congress in Nice, and adopted a pledge at its New Orleans Congress in 1994 to raise $75 million by the end of the year 2000 to eradicate the disease. Specifically, Kiwanis International partnered with UNICEF, with Kiwanis raising funds and UNICEF acting as the implementing agency, to establish 1,000 iodine-iodine adding plants to salt in the world's danger zones to ensure a permanent supply of iodine.

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Kiwanis International has embarked on an aggressive fundraising campaign by appointing 007 series film actor Roger Moore as honorary chairman of the IDD eradication effort. Mr. Moore visited Japan in April 2001 to emphasize the importance of eradicating IDD.

Kiwanis International's fundraising efforts exceeded its initial goal, reaching approximately US$87 million. Although Japan represents only 0.05% of the world's members, it raised $1.17 million, more than 1% of the world's total. It is estimated that more than 70% of the children in need of iodized salt have been saved as a result, and this has been hailed as UNICEF's most successful achievement.

Kiwanis One Day (FY2022-2032)

Kiwanis One Day began on April 7, 2007, with Past International Kiwanis President Nelson Tucker's call for "Kiwanis around the world to come together and do service activities with a twist in each club."

Tokyo October 21, 2022

Kiwanis Doll Material Preparation Meeting

Nagoya October 22, 2021

Kiwanis One-Day Donations (donations to support university students in financial need) totaled 3.2 million yen. Donations were made to Aichi University of Education, Aichi Prefectural University, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, and Toyohashi University of Technology.

Kobe November 27, 2022

A "Picture Book Concert" (collaboration of picture book reading and marimba performance) was held, and Kiwanis dolls were exhibited at the venue.

Sendai November 24, 2022

Visit to the Donald McDonald House. Donation and presentation of Kiwanis dolls.

Sapporo November 22, 2022

Orange Ribbon for Prevention of Child Abuse" making meeting

Yokohama November 17, 2022

Orange Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention Awareness

Free masks and flyers distributed on the streets

Takamatsu October 20, 2022

Donations to support activities at 13 children's cafeterias and Yashima Family Home in Takamatsu City

Fukuoka November 2, 2022

Sorting and separating used stamps. Used stamps collected by members and their companies are sorted and donated to CARE International Japan, a public interest incorporated foundation, by separating them from overseas stamps.

Kyoto November 5, 2022

Charity Concert by Späte String Quartet

Wakayama April 1, 2023

Child Abuse Prevention Street Awareness Campaign(Pocket tissues with contact information such as "Telephone 110 for Children and Families" were distributed.)

Niigata October 22, 2022

Kiwanis dolls were made remotely at the Work Center Hiyoriyama by the staff and members.

Saitama October 22, 2022

Kiwanis Doll Making Workshop" at Clark Memorial International High School.

Nishinomiya November 13, 2022

Nishinomiya Boys' Chorus Concert (chorus of children aged 12 to 16)

Kumamoto October 29, 2022

Circle K Heisei College of Music School Festival Exchange Party

Shizuoka October 5, 2022

Kiwanis Doll Making Meeting

Matsue November 1, 2022

Kiwanis Doll Production

Kagoshima November 6, 2022

Orange Ribbon Campaign Kagoshima Kiwanis, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kagoshima City Co-sponsored

Ashiya November 9, 2022

Ashiya Municipal Saikura Children's Garden Halloween Event

Fukushima November 23, 2022

Beans Fukushima Children's cafeteria support activities

Ogaki October 20, 2022

Members and Clione (Kiwanis Doll Production Group) held a Kiwanis Doll Production Group.

Fukui October 18, 2022

The students participated in a class at Ohara Gakuen's childcare department, from making kiwanis dolls to creating samples for use in hospitals.

Okinawa October 16, 2022

Participated in the "Okinawa City Volunteer Festival," publicity activities, and gave away stationery and other prizes to children in a one-yen game.

Tokushima October 20, 2022

Collected food and daily necessities at regular meetings and donated them to a support facility for victims of domestic violence.

Utsunomiya October 25, 2022

Purchase and distribution of cookies made by the visually impaired at the Tochigi Light Center in support and as a donation

Okayama October 22, 2022

Koyo High School: Case study presentation of the project to produce hospital gowns for children's intravenous drips, Kiwanis doll painting experience, mini-concert by EWI player Lily, and charity bazaar.

SLP ( Service Leadership Programs )
Next generation development program through service activities

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SLP" stands for Service Leadership Programs and is a program to nurture the next generation through service activities. The purpose of SLP is to develop the next generation's character and leadership skills through volunteer activities. Kiwanis International defines SLP as "the next step beyond service activities" and is putting a lot of effort into it, and SLP is one of Kiwanis International's growth strategies.

(写真提供:UNICEF/Bruno Demeocq/2016)

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The Kiwanis Clubs are also known as "Kiwanis Families" because they are headed by Kiwanis Club members of various ages, from elementary school students to university students, who are involved in community service and service activities. The Kiwanis Family worldwide is so active that the next generation is more than the majority of its members. The energy and power of the next generation through this volunteer experience is a great source of vitality for the Kiwanis Clubs.

university student

senior high school student

junior high school student

K-Kids

elementary school student

Action Club   

Adults with disabilities

Organization Name

Eligible Students

In the Japan region, since Circle K Ashiya was established at the end of 2014, the circle of SLPs has expanded throughout Japan, and as of December 2023, a total of 12 clubs (5 Circle K, 5 Key Clubs, and 2 Builders' Clubs) are conducting various activities with the support of sponsor clubs in their respective regions.

Japan District SLP Leaders' Workshop

SLP clubs in each age group belong to their respective international organizations, which hold world conventions and trainings in the United States every year. However, students face hurdles in terms of cost and language to participate from Japan, so the Kiwanis Japan District supports leadership development by inviting SLP club representatives to the annual Kiwanis convention, holding activity debriefing sessions and leadership training, and strengthening horizontal ties among the next generation of leaders.

September 9 - September 10, 2016    

Nishinomiya Convention

September 8 - 9, 2017    

Nishinomiya Convention

September 6 - September 8, 2018    

Kuamamoto Convention

September 5 - September 7, 2019

Shizuoka Convention

(Discontinued due to coronavirus)

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September 8 - September 9, 2023

Kanazawa Convention

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Convention Name

Japan District SLP Debriefing and Leader Training

Circle K

Circle K is the world's largest university student organization, with approximately 580 clubs and 8,500 members in 17 countries. Under the motto "Live to serve, Love to serve," Circle K's three main activities are service, leadership, and camaraderie. Like the Kiwanis Clubs, the Kiwanis Japan District elects a president, vice president, secretary general, treasurer, and other officers to manage the organization. In addition, just as the Kiwanis Japan District belongs to Kiwanis International, each Circle K simultaneously becomes a member of an international organization called Circle K International.

Circle K is an organization created in the U.S. in 1936, but in the Japan District, which has a shorter history, students are responsible for planning and implementing projects that value the locality and uniqueness of each club, sometimes even working on joint projects with Kiwanis clubs. 

(写真提供:UNICEF/Bruno Demeocq/2016)

February 1, 2014

January 17, 2015

Circle K Ashiya

Kiwanis Club of Ashiya

May 25, 2016

2016/07/31

サークルK武蔵野大学

東京キワニスクラブ

2017/12/22

2018/02/24

サークルK宮城学院女子大学

仙台キワニスクラブ

2018/08/23

2018/11/05

サークルK平成音楽大学

熊本キワニスクラブ

2019/10/15

2019/12/17

サークルK長崎大学

長崎キワニスクラブ

2024/5/20

サークルK聖カタリナ大学

愛媛キワニスクラブ

Date of certification

Certificate Awarding Ceremony

Name

Sponsor

Circle K, Japan

サークルK芦屋

サークルK武蔵野大学

サークルK宮城学院女子大学

サークルK平成音学大学

サークルK長崎大学

サークルK聖カタリナ大学

キークラブ

キークラブは、世界44ヵ国、会員数約220,000名、クラブ数約4,700と、世界最大の規模をもつ高校生組織 であり、他者への奉仕を通して、リーダーシップを育成することを目的としています。キークラブは1925年設立と いう長い歴史の中、エルビス・プレスリー、ビル・クリントン、トム・クルーズ、ブラッド・ピットなど著名な人物を キークラブ出身者として輩出していることから、アメリカにおいては大変知名度の高い組織です。

日本初のキークラブは、2015年9月、座間米軍基地内の座間アメリカン・ハイスクールの学生が、「自分たちの学校でも 設立したい」というメールを国際キワニス本部に送り、それが日本地区に届いたことが発端でした。キークラブの 知名度の高さから、学校長や保護者がキークラブに対して十分な知識と理解があったことから、日本初のキークラブが スタートするに申し分のない環境であったといえます。

(写真提供:UNICEF/Bruno Demeocq/2016)

2015/09/30

2016/01/09

座間アメリカン・ハイスクール・キークラブ

東京キワニスクラブ

2018/03/23

2016/07/31

カネディアン・アカデミイ・キークラブ

神戸キワニスクラブ

2019/10/07

2019/12/17

クラーク記念国際高等学校埼玉キャンパス・キークラブ

埼玉キワニスクラブ

2020/01/24

2020/9/29

兵庫県立宝塚西高等学校キークラブ

芦屋キワニスクラブ

2023/5/12

2023/7/29

N.K.考学舎キークラブ

東京キワニスクラブ

認証

認証状授与式

名称

スポンサー

日本のキー・クラブ

座間アメリカン・ハイスクール・キークラブ

カネディアン・アカデミイ・
キークラブ

クラーク記念国際高等学校埼玉キャンパス・キークラブ

兵庫県立宝塚西高等学校キークラブ

N.K.考学舎キークラブ

ビルダーズクラブ

ビルダーズクラブは、中学生版キワニスクラブで、世界23ヵ国に約1,100クラブ、約23,000名の会員が ボランティア活動を行っています。ビルダーズクラブの目的は、奉仕を通してリーダーシップを 育成し、自己肯定感を高め、生きる力を学ぶことです。

日本初のビルダーズクラブは、高松キワニスクラブのキワニスドール作成のお手伝いをしていた家庭科クラブの 生徒たちが母体となって設立され、現在、中学生ならではの様々な活動を行っています。

(写真提供:UNICEF/Bruno Demeocq/2016)

2016/9/20

2016/12/12

大手前丸亀中学校ビルダーズクラブ

高松キワニスクラブ

2023/1/18

2023/5/17

純心中学校ビルダーズクラブ

長崎キワニスクラブ

2024/1/29

2024/4/7

神戸キワニス・ビルダーズクラブ

神戸キワニスクラブ

認証

認証状授与式

名称

スポンサー

日本のキー・クラブ

大手前丸亀中学校ビルダーズクラブ

純心中学校ビルダーズクラブ

神戸キワニス・ビルダーズクラブ

コネリー賞

1966年9月23日金曜日、イリノイ州ライル・キワニスクラブのロバート・P・コネリー会員(34歳)は 体に障害のある女性が線路に落ちたのを見て、折しも列車が接近していたので救出しようとして線路に降りました。 しかし、ロバートがその女性を線路から引き上げる間もなく、列車に轢かれ二人は亡くなりました。 そのコネリーの英雄的行為の直後、国際キワニス理事会は「個人の心からの行為」という言葉に彼の残した素晴らしい劇的な行為を讃え、 ロバート・P・コネリーメダルを制定し、1967年第52回国際キワニス年次総会ヒューストン大会で発表しました。

この「個人の心からの行為」こそまさにキワニスの精神です。メダルは死や危険を顧みず、奉仕をする人々を讃えるもので、 メダル授賞者の推薦はキワニスクラブが行い、メダルはキワニス会員または会員以外にも贈られます。

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推薦の条件は次の通りです。

  1. 死や怪我の危険を顧みず、わが身を挺して人の命を救った人。被推薦者はキワニアンに限りません。

  2. その救助行為が職務ではないこと。

  3. 家族の生命や健康のために危険をおかす行為はコネリー賞の選考範囲には含まれません。

  4. 救命行為発生後、1年の内にキワニスクラブから推薦を受けること。

これまでの日本地区関係の受賞者は次の通りです。

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