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Examples Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints Providing Humanitarian Aid

Examples Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints Providing Humanitarian Aid

Upon news breaking of another temple under construction in Utah, many detractors flocked to the comment section on Facebook to speak ill of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many discounting the humanitarian aid efforts of the Church. Here is just a sampling of what was said:

“Maybe instead of building more temples we don’t need, they could build decent housing for the homeless, or make sure there are no children going to bed hungry by donating that money to the school system, for meals, supplies and towards teachers salaries. I could go on and on, but what a waste of money that could actually help the needy and save lives.” – Patty G.

“When was the last time a new LDS soup kitchen or housing shelter was in the news?? Hundred plus billon and they don’t actually do what Jesus demands.” – James P.
“Imagine they actually put their money into building something to help the community.” – Erika VM
The reason for this article is to keep a running, living, document of the reports of all of the wonderful things the Church is doing to be like Jesus and help the community with humanitarian aid. I have a list of articles below, and where available, I have included a quote from one of the beneficiaries to show their gratitude for what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given them. Please share this link with those who spread lies about the Church and say they do nothing to help the community. Facts are more important than their incorrect opinions.
To read the full article, click the linked titles. The articles are listed chronologically, with the newest donations and aid listed at the top. Credit goes to the Church Newsroom for all of the articles.

Examples of Humanitarian Aid

The 2022 Report on How the Church of Jesus Christ Cared for Those in Need

Last year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued its efforts to live the two great commandments.

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God” and “thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,” Jesus teaches in the Bible.

The Church’s new 2022 annual report on caring for those in need shows that this work included more than $1 billion in expenditures, 6.3 million hours volunteered and 3,692 humanitarian projects in 190 countries and territories.

Church Helps Alleviate the Suffering of Refugees in Eastern DR Congo

“Please continue to pray for us,” pled a 42-year-old widow whose husband was killed by rebels in front of their six children because they suspected him of cooperating with the Congolese government.

A Slam Dunk of a Service Project: The NBA and the Church of Jesus Christ Feed the Hungry

More than 500 volunteers, including current players, legends, partners and guests from the National Basketball Association (NBA), gathered at several locations in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, February 17, 2023, to participate in hands-on service projects. These projects are helping to alleviate food insecurity and provide essential items for those in need across Northern and Central Utah. Locations included the Utah Bishops’ Central Storehouse, Utah Food Bank and Volunteers of America. The projects are part of the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service 2023 activities.

Former NBA player Shawn Marion said, “I’m putting some beef stew into these boxes right now. We’ve got to feed some families. This is pretty awesome, man. I love it.” He continued, “I don’t mind this stuff at all. When you’ve been truly blessed and [are] in a position to give back, why not.”

Cleanup Efforts Begin After Cyclone Gabrielle Slams into New Zealand

New Zealanders are dealing with the aftermath of Gabrielle, a severe tropical cyclone that reached a Category 3 on February 6, 2023. Several days of heavy rain and high winds in the storm’s path have caused loss of life and major damage to properties in several parts of the island nation.

“We are praying for those who have suffered loss of family members, and of property,” said Elder K. Brett Nattress, President of the Pacific Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “We add to these prayers our helping hands, alongside the relief work of many others, to bring assistance and hope to those impacted by this cyclone.”

Members and missionaries are working with neighbors, community and government groups going door-to-door to clean up neighborhoods impacted by devastation.

Family Gardens, Rural Clinic Renovations and Nightly Efforts to Feed the Hungry: Service from Latter-day Saints Around the World

Family garden kits curb malnutrition in Ecuador, Church members complete renovations to a rural health clinic in Fiji, and free meals are provided nightly to the underprivileged in Zurich.

Satellite Bishops’ Storehouse in Maui, Hawaii, Helping Those in Need as Food Costs Soar

Living on the island of Maui means beautiful views, beaches, peaks, pools and waterfalls. But Hawaii is an expensive state to live in, and food costs have increased with inflation. Many of the jobs are in the lower-paying service or tourism industries — and more Church members have sought assistance to make ends meet.

Bishops’ storehouses are where those in need can go to obtain food and other supplies at the recommendation of their bishop. The storehouse is filled with food and supplies paid for by fast offerings and other donations from members of the Church.

But about 100 miles of ocean separates Maui from the nearest bishops’ storehouse, in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Because of this, the Church launched the Maui Satellite Bishops’ Storehouse in September 2022.

Members and leaders of the Church hope this service will be a tool for ministering to those in need while also helping them learn and apply principles of self-reliance.

Church Donation Provides Mobility and Independence to Guatemalans

Hundreds of children and adults will benefit from 575 specialized wheelchairs and 189 canes, walkers and crutches The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered on Friday, January 27, 2023, to Fundabiem Guatemala.

Fundabiem provides comprehensive habilitation and rehabilitation services to Guatemalans. The wheelchairs, which are adjusted to each person’s needs, will help patients with physical disabilities in Fundabiem’s 19 rehabilitation centers gain mobility and self-sufficiency.

Shirly C. is one of those recipients. Until now, she has used a borrowed wheelchair that does not fit her needs. She expressed her deep gratitude to God and the Church of Jesus Christ for this gift.

“I want to keep going and show what I can do,” Shirly said. “This wheelchair will be the instrument that will allow me to achieve my goals.”

Church Partners with Women of Faith to Help Survivors of December 2022 Floods in Kinshasa

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the interdenominational charitable organization Women of Faith worked together to help 820 households affected by sudden torrential rains the night of 12-13 December 2022 in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

With financial backing from the Church, Women of Faith organized and distributed food and emergency supplies to about 820 survivors.

Mrs. Nadine Banze, national coordinator of Women of Faith for DR Congo, conveyed her sympathy to all the victims of this natural disaster and welcomed the assistance of full-time missionaries from the Church. Also, she thanked the Church for funding for this project, which will give a smile to the victims and help them to hang on.

US Coast-to-Coast Disaster Relief from the Church of Jesus Christ

Natural disaster victims in California, Alabama and Georgia receive food, supplies, service and comfort. 

Church Makes Donation to Reduce Infant Mortality in Mexico

A donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aims to decrease the number of birth asphyxia incidents in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Guerrero.

Church Collaborates with Muslim Aid to Build 2,720 Greenhouses in Bosnia

What started as a donation of 20 greenhouses in 2014 has grown into a much larger collaboration between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Muslim Aid. To date, about 2,720 greenhouses have been donated to families in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Church Funds Are Curbing Malnourishment for Mothers and Children in Kenya

Thousands of new and expectant mothers in Kenya are benefiting from the World Food Programme’s (WFP) super cereal and other supplements that provide calories, as well as vital proteins and vitamins. These provide critical boosts to the immune system and help form protective walls against anemia. (Video here)

Super cereal, a highly fortified blend of corn, soybeans, dried skim milk and sweetener, is made into a porridge by the women supported by WFP’s distribution. “It’s evident from the mothers that once they start taking the porridge there’s enough milk flow,” said Deka Hassan, a nutritionist at the government-sponsored hospital in Garissa, a growing town of nearly half a million people in eastern Kenya. “The baby is healthy, the mother is happy, and that means the community is happy also.”

This malnutrition treatment is supplied by WFP and funded by collaborators such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church gave US$32 million to WFP last September to support the UN agency’s operations across nine countries — including Kenya. As reported in December 2022, the donation is also helping refugees find food, shelter and peace.

The donation allowed WFP to expand the nutritional treatment from 8 to 15 counties to bless more than 365,000 children and 170,000-plus pregnant and lactating women.

Fatima is one of those mothers. During an interview in early December 2022 at the Ifo Refugee Camp, she said, “When I take the porridge, I’m able to get breastmilk, [with] which I’m able to breastfeed my baby. So, my family brings me joy. I am happy with my kids, and for now we are all healthy.”

Church Donates Mammography Digitizer to Fight Breast Cancer in Uruguay

In the country of Uruguay, where breast cancer is a leading cause of death among women, the tools needed to diagnose this disease can save lives. Recently, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated a digitizer for mammograms to the José Royol Public Health Center in Rivera. This will allow the center to perform 180 monthly preventive exams for breast cancer.

“I want to thank The Church of Jesus Christ,” said Dr. María Rosario Leira, the primary care network director. “Until now we have done mammograms with a very old method that was very complex and is practically not used anymore. With this new equipment, operating expenses are reduced by 40%, which adds to the advantages of preventing the scourge of breast cancer.”

Dr. Leonardo Cipriani, national director of the State Health Services Administration, also expressed his gratitude for the donation.

“I am very grateful to the Church of Jesus Christ for all the donations and, most importantly, for the spirit of collaboration that you always have. You all give without looking for a reward and only out of love for your neighbor.”

How the Church’s Donation to the World Food Programme Is Blessing Refugees in Kenya

In September 2022, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave WFP US$32 million — a donation made possible the generosity of everyday Latter-day Saints and friends of the faith.

Sarah Borchers, head of WFP’s Dadaab office, says the Church’s donation is “invaluable.” According to WFP reports, the Dadaab camps’ acute malnutrition rates range from 5% to more than 13%.

The Church of Jesus Christ Donates US$10 Million to Stop Polio and Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is giving US$10 million to help eradicate polio in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and a select number of African countries. Funding will also help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) in 13 remaining African countries and other areas where the disease is endemic.

Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee, said, “Rotary is grateful for this very generous contribution from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The funding comes at a critical time for polio eradication efforts and will help protect children from lifelong paralysis due to the poliovirus.”

Inside Church Headquarters: A Glimpse Into the Church’s Welfare and Humanitarian Efforts

The bishops’ storehouse at Welfare Square is one of 124 bishops’ storehouses in operation worldwide. At bishops’ storehouses, individuals in need work with their local leaders to receive food and other items free of charge.

The Church operates 32 farms, ranches, orchards and processing facilities, which produced over 100 million pounds of food last year, according to the Church’s 2021 annual report. Approximately 36 million pounds were distributed to bishops’ storehouses, while 44 million pounds were donated through community initiatives.

Church Food Donation Gives Cheyenne River Reservation Families a Holiday Boost

Food insecurity is a pressing issue for the Cheyenne River Reservation in north-central South Dakota, especially as inflation increases food costs. A recent delivery of two semi-trucks full of food from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means hundreds of families have a boost during the holidays.

The food arrived at the Cheyenne River Youth Project — an Eagle Butte-based, Native-led nonprofit organization that provides youth programs and family services on the reservation. Missionaries from the North Dakota Bismarck Mission helped unload the pallets and organize the food, creating more than 350 food boxes. 

Cheyenne River Youth Project Executive Director Julie Garreau said the food was high quality and delicious.

“I got a card back from someone the next day saying, ‘Thank you for making my holiday.’” Garreau said. “People were so grateful. It gave them a boost during the holiday season.”

Garreau was grateful for the help from the missionaries. She said her organization has a small staff, and it would have taken them a lot longer to get all the work done.

The Church has supported the Cheyenne River community in the past with other food donations.

“We created a partnership and a friendship,” Garreau said. “It’s really about the Church helping a community that needs help.”

JustServe Helps Virginia Community Connect and Serve

As nonprofit organizations and faith-based groups in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia work to serve their communities, they are finding out they can be stronger together as they collaborate and share resources.

On September 29, a diverse group of these community organizations gathered in one spot for the inaugural “Community Connect and Serve,” hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Representatives of nearly 40 nonprofit groups from Clarke and Frederick Counties and the city of Winchester set up booths in the Winchester Virginia Stake center and shared information with each other and with the public.

The collaboration was sponsored by JustServe — a website and app where community groups can list their volunteer needs — Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah ValleyTop of Virginia Regional ChamberUnited Way of Northern Shenandoah ValleyValley Health, and the Nonprofit Alliance of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

For the first two hours, exhibitors were able to connect and share best practices with each other before opening the doors to the public. This was helpful for Jeffrey Stern, director of community engagement at Sinclair Health Clinic.

“It was terrific. I enjoyed the opportunity to network with organizations I know well, and those I didn’t know before,” Stern said.

Valley Health’s director of community health, Jason Craig, also spoke about the collaboration and connections made from the inaugural effort.

“This was a wonderful event that was successful through the collaboration of a community that cares about the people that live in it,” Craig said. “Organizations were able to connect, many expressing that they learned about their friends and allies in the community, and the JustServe volunteer network came out to learn and align their desire to serve.”

How the Church of Jesus Christ and the NAACP Are Helping Young and Expectant Mothers in Memphis

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Memphis’s 38126 ZIP code to announce the launch of MyBaby4Me — a program with classes to help new and expectant mothers.

“This partnership is God ordained and God inspired,” said NAACP Memphis Branch President Van Turner. “I’m just so happy that it’s happening at such a critical time in our city. We’re dealing with public safety, we’re dealing with homelessness, we’re dealing with poverty. [It’s critical to address] the origin of humanity, when these young people are in the womb, and try to make sure they get the proper care while in the womb [and then] come out and survive and be healthy. Once that happens, they have a great start in life. That solves and resolves those other issues. So, I’m so happy to be partnered with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and all our other partners because this is really a great endeavor.”

This is the second humanitarian collaboration between the NAACP and the Church of Jesus Christ since Prophet and President Russell M. Nelson in 2021 pledged US$2 million a year for three years to fund these projects. The inaugural undertaking last month focused on improving a community farm in San Francisco.

The Church of Jesus Christ Joins Other Christians to Feed the Hungry in Massachusetts

On Saturday, November 19, 2022, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated 3,000 frozen turkeys and 40 tons of nonperishable food in the Boston area. With the help of Catholic Charities Boston and the Azusa Christian Community, the food was delivered to those who need it most this Thanksgiving.

Three semitrucks of food from the Bishops’ Central Storehouse in Salt Lake City arrived in Boston on that Saturday. A thousand turkeys were delivered to Catholic Charities Boston to help them in their distribution of 1,400 Thanksgiving meals to households in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood. The Church has given several truckloads of food to Catholic Charities Boston this year.

The other 2,000 turkeys, along with the 40 tons of food, were unloaded at a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Newton, Massachusetts. About 400 volunteers spent their Saturday unloading the food and repackaging it into 2,000 food kits. Members of the Azusa Christian Community — a nonprofit run by the Rev. Eugene Rivers and his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Rivers — picked up the repackaged provisions and distributed them to those in need in Boston, Malden and Springfield.

Addressing Maternal Health Issues Afflicting Black and Native American Communities in the U.S.

The infant mortality rate for babies born to African American women in the United States is more than twice that of infants born to white mothers in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Native American and Pacific Islander communities face comparable circumstances.

As part of an effort to address maternal health issues in vulnerable communities, Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson recently ministered to new and expectant mothers during a citywide baby shower in Chicago, Illinois. 

About 400 mothers attended the Chicago Citywide Community Baby Shower on Saturday, Nov. 5, held at the Imani Village community center on the city’s South Side. 

The baby shower was organized by Hustle Mommies and the Urban Mom Collective in collaboration with the Rev. Dr. Que English, director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mothers who attended were connected with local community and government resources — including prenatal care and mental health services — and learned about self-care during and after childbirth and support services offered by doulas and midwives. They received diapers, baby strollers, clothing, baby bottles, car seats and other essentials donated by the Church. Heidi Murkoff, author and creator of the What to Expect Project, also attended. 

“These opportunities to work with our friends in government and community are so important for us to touch the lives of [individuals],” President Johnson said. “We look at things globally, but we must also look at the needs of the one. Today was a sweet opportunity to minister one by one.”

LaShawn Thomas, an expectant mother, described the community baby shower as a blessing. “I saw it [advertised on social media], and it was last minute, but it was amazing. I came and I had nothing, but I have so much now. I think it’s great for us expectant mothers to look forward to something.”

The Church is supporting similar efforts in other U.S. cities. For example, in New York City, the Church is providing funding to train doulas for mothers in vulnerable communities.

The Gift of Self-Reliance through Wheelchair Donation and Training in Rwanda

In collaboration with the Rwanda Biomedical Center and National Council of People with Disability (NCPD), the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints closed a 4-day wheelchair delivery and training event on 20 October 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda.

The objective was to train local physiotherapists on how to assess people with disabilities to match them with the most suitable wheelchairs and other assistive devices (crutches, white canes). The hospital technicians were also trained in assembling wheelchairs and repair of damaged wheelchairs. The total project cost was approximately $400,000.

Executive Secretary of NCPD Emmanuel Ndayisaba said, “The Latter-day Saints have given us wheelchairs of the finest quality and have vowed to supply enough for our people in need. They have showed us a heart of generosity.”

Church provides $3.3 million to assist in providing shelter, services for Utah’s homeless

In its ongoing efforts to help provide shelter and services for Utah’s homeless, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided $3.3 million in donations to assist five Utah-based nonprofit organizations.

Laurie G. Hopkins, executive director of Shelter the Homeless, expressed appreciation for the partnership in serving the community’s most vulnerable.

“This donation will aid us with winter temporary housing efforts to provide the unsheltered a warm bed and will also fund ongoing operations of the homeless resource centers, specifically to ensure the health, safety, and security of the staff, guests, and the surrounding community,” she said.

NAACP and the Church Collaborate to Improve a Community Farm in San Francisco

In only a few hours, the group installed an irrigation system at the Florence Fang Community Farm. This system will help the growing farm, now in its eighth year, continue to provide fresh food to a diverse and underserved community that inhabits a food desert. Importantly, the farm can now do so in a water-wise way.

Jonathan Butler, the second vice president of the NAACP San Francisco Branch, said such service is critical to solve the “division and isolation that is happening in our communities that is a detriment to our own health and well-being.”

“Love is the essence of what we’re doing,” Butler said. “We love ourselves, and then we love each other. And that is under the umbrella of loving God.”

Church Gives Supplies to War Victims in Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

About 12,000 people in the war-ravaged region of Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will receive food and other critical supplies thanks to a donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

The Church collaborated with humanitarian organization Women of Faith to purchase emergency supplies worth about US$300,000 and distribute them to families and individuals affected by the conflict in the eastern region of the DRC this year.

General Ekenge, the advisor to the governor in charge of humanitarian actions said, “We welcome this act of solidarity done by Women of Faith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in this difficult period of war in this part of DRC. 

“There is no greater gesture of love than to think of those who are suffering. The national and provincial governments are fighting day and night to do everything possible to bring this war to an end. We thank the organization and its donor. We ask other people of goodwill to think of the displaced persons who are still suffering in different locations.”

Uwamahoro Florence, one of the older adults who received assistance through this project, said, “Eight months after my displacement from my village (Jomba), my family and I were not able to feed ourselves properly due to lack of resources. We thank the Women of Faith organization and its donor The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who have come to help us with food. May our God bless them. The aid we received enabled us to respond to our basic needs, including food and non-food items.” 

Uwimana Biraro Josephine said, “It was difficult for my three children and I to find what to eat, but the assistance of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Women of Faith have given us back a smile and hope that we lost for a while.”

The Church of Jesus Christ Donates Equipment to Five Family Health Centers in Chile

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made significant donations to five Family Health Centers (CESFAMs) in Chile. These donations, consisting of diagnostic and treatment equipment, will improve the primary care provided by these municipal health centers.

The leaders of each CESFAM expressed gratitude upon receiving the donations. In San Pedro de Melipilla, the director of the Department of Health, Valeska Manzo Arancibia, said, “We are very grateful because this renewed equipment improves the quality of the services we provide to our users. This is a huge help for us. It is the first time that we will have a special chair for our podiatrist and our older adults will benefit the most.”
In total, 4,450 volunteers from Florida have participated in relief efforts for a combined 83,930 hours of service. The Church has donated more than 150,000 pounds of supplies to aid in recovery efforts. Latter-day Saint volunteers have completed 2,092 work orders, which are placed by affected residents needing anything from roof tarps and muck work to fallen tree removals. On average, one work order represents service provided at a single home address.

Additionally, Church members are answering calls for disaster assistance through a crisis cleanup hotline. In just the last week, 750 Latter-day Saints answered more than 13,000 calls.

“It’s exciting and it’s emotional,” said Penny Taylor, Collier County District 4 commissioner, during a visit to the command center in Naples on Saturday, October 8. “You’re here to help us. It’s that human touch that is so needed right now.”

When the Church gave $32 million to the United Nations World Food Programme on September 14, it marked the faith’s largest one-time contribution to a humanitarian organization to date.

The donation — presented by Bishop L. Todd Budge, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, in Rome, Italy — will help provide food and critical assistance to 1.6 million people facing food crises in nine countries.

On September 21, the Church announced a $5 million donation to UNICEF to help fight global malnutrition among children under age 5 in up to 24 countries.

These two recent donations carry on a decades-old priority of the Church to care for those in need, including nearly $1 billion in donations in the year 2021 alone.

In 2021, the Church and its members took part in 3,909 humanitarian projects in 188 countries, with 6.8 million hours of volunteer work.

Since November 2020, the Church of Jesus Christ has donated some 1 million pounds of food to the Black 14 Philanthropy.

Since November 2020, the Church of Jesus Christ has donated some 1 million pounds of food to the Black 14 Philanthropy. Food has gone to Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wyoming.

“This [moment] is an extraordinary snapshot in time for entities that were miles apart and now there’s nothing between us but good,” John Griffin said. “That’s what is important to me. … We have more time behind us than we have left in front of us. We’re trying to do the best we can for the time we have remaining, whatever that is. And that’s why we’re in this relationship together [with the Church].”

Church responds to Hurricane Fiona’s devastation in the Caribbean, $475K approved to aid 65,000 affected families in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

The humanitarian services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have activated a series of actions to help authorities and community organizations cope with the situation and mitigate the damage caused by this natural phenomenon.

Help has been provided to aid about 65,000 affected families on the French island of Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The aid seeks to provide food, water, hygiene items and other emergency supplies, as well as human assistance through Helping Hands volunteers, through which cleaning and debris removal will be carried out, as well as the distribution of supplies. The Church will continue to provide additional relief and assistance.

In addition to its direct actions, the Church will provide support through organizations to 17 emotional resilience centers operated through the international Mercy Corps organization in Puerto Rico where water, food, and other essential emergency supplies will also be provided.

Church Donates US$5 million to Benefit UNICEF’s Global Malnutrition Program

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a US$5 million donation to UNICEF’s newly launched “No Time to Waste” global malnutrition campaign. The contribution will help malnourished children who are five years old and younger in up to 24 countries in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Middle East and the Philippines.

Up to 41 million children currently suffering from malnutrition could be impacted in the first year of programming.

“This support represents a significant new stage of our partnership, building on nine years of impact for children and investments towards lifesaving programs. The time for action on child wasting is now, and together we won’t stop until every child is healthy,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, president and CEO of UNICEF USA.

Residents of Westwater, a Diné (Navajo) community just outside Blanding in southeastern Utah, are celebrating the electrification of their homes. An interlocal proposal promises to also bring them culinary water.

“We never had electricity. We used flashlights and kerosene lanterns. The generator was costing us $20 per day to fill up the gas to last for six hours,” Hutchinson-Lovell said. “Now that I can turn on the porch light, it keeps my kids safe at night when they come home late. It feels good.”

“It’s a small group and about 100 people affected — but are we our brother’s keeper? I think we are,” Elder Uchtdorf said. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s one or two or a thousand or 29 homes. When we are here, we see the need, and that’s what we need to do.”

More than 500 people fitted with prosthetic limbs in Indonesia

Tatan Sutam Dur’s left leg was amputated a year ago because of a circulation disease. The 42-year-old father of two children, who lives in a village in the Garut district, hasn’t been able to work. 

He was one of about 500 people who received a prosthetic limb through a collaboration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation and Yayasan Peduli Tuna Daksa, which translates as Limb for the Limbless Center, in several places in Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Church’s Indonesia Newsroom shared.

With his prosthetic leg, Dur can resume working as a carpenter. 

“I am deeply grateful to everyone whose charity enabled me to receive this prosthetic limb,” Dur said when he received it in August. 

Church gives $32 million to World Food Programme in largest one-time donation to date

In its largest one-time donation to a humanitarian organization to date, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave $32 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

The donation will help provide food and critical assistance to 1.6 million people in nine countries.

“Private sector support is critical to our mission, enabling WFP to scale food assistance and resilience work that brings families stability and comfort during these challenging times,” World Food Program USA president and CEO Barron Segar said. “I am confident that the Church’s gift will inspire others to join our movement to end global hunger.”

Hundreds of Latter-day Saints Volunteer in Eastern Kentucky Flood Recovery Efforts

Flood survivor Mary Sue Stacy in Dwarf, Kentucky, wrote of her gratitude for Helping Hands volunteers from Akron, Ohio, who went to her home.

“They cleaned up all the debris and destruction in my yard and parking area,” she said. “This wonderful group of people have given me inspiration to start again. My daughter and I are so very grateful for the kindness Helping Hands has shown us.”

The Church of Jesus Christ sent five semitruck loads of food and supplies within a week after the flooding. Latter-day Saint volunteers joined with local firefighters and members of the Kentucky National Guard to unload the trucks and begin the massive cleanup efforts in early August.

The deliveries included more than 85,000 bottles of water, more than 3,600 five-gallon plastic buckets of cleaning supplies, food for more than 10,500 meals and 600 pounds of clothing.

Church and UNICEF helping refugee children from South Sudan

UNICEF is a United Nations agency focused on supporting the well-being of children and promoting the rights of children globally, and UNICEF USA promotes that mission. 

Rachel Steinberg, the managing director for global cause partnerships at UNICEF USA, works with donors, supporters and partners like the Church of Jesus Christ and other faith-based organizations. 

“One of the things that we have appreciated so much about our partnership with [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] is that they have come to us and said, ‘What are the forgotten crises that need attention and support?’” Steinberg said. 

Church of Jesus Christ and The Hunger Project Work Together to End Hunger in Ghana

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is helping fund these efforts in Ghana. Megan Nykyforchyn-Clark, senior director of new business development with The Hunger Project, told the Church News about the collaboration.

“We are so thankful for the investment [of the Church] that encourages community members like Naomi and Patience to become more self-reliant,” she said. “We value this partnership and our shared approaches which invest in individuals and families’ dignity and ability to care for themselves and their households.” 

Humanitarian Donation in Tahiti Will Lift Young Lives

Elder Soares presented a donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to support the educational needs and personal development of young women aged 11-18 years being cared for by Le Bon Pasteur (The Good Shepherd) shelter and children aged 3-11 years in the care of Te Maru Pererau shelter.

Latter-day Saints Volunteer, Donate Supplies for The World Games

The North America Southeast Area facilitated a Church gift comprising of 3,800 hygiene kits for the athletes housed in university dormitories, 15,000 water bottles for athletes and coaches, and 25 large first aid kits for the venues.

“It’s no doubt that God was in the details,” The World Games community engagement and volunteer coordinator Kathy Boswell said.

Before the close of the 11-day competition, The World Games 2022 CEO Nick Sellers and Boswell met with Elder Millington and his wife, Kathleen; President Joel B. and Sister Rose K. Chibota of the Alabama Birmingham Mission; President Sadler and his wife, Tony; Norris; and Piennette to discuss the Church’s immense support and gracious gift.

“Seriously, said Sellers, “I cannot stress this enough, we could not have pulled this off without y’all.”

Church 2021 annual report includes more than 3,900 humanitarian projects in 188 countries

From helping refugees to clean-water projects, self-reliance courses and disaster relief, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members took part in 3,909 humanitarian projects in 188 countries in 2021, an increase from the previous year.

This outreach included $906 million from the Church and 6.8 million hours of volunteer work by everyday Latter-day Saints, according to the 2021 annual report of caring released on

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