Emergency Relief Efforts and Hope During COVID-19

20 March 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people around the world are in need of help, supplies, and support. At Latter-day Saint Charities, we believe that there is hope and that the best way to cope with emergency situations is to help each other. We are working closely with our partners worldwide to provide emergency relief and hope to those in need.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Efforts

We are currently providing support, supplies, and funding in Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungry, India, Italy, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Moldova, Mongolia, Panama, Paraguay, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

Efforts include providing medical and emergency supplies and commodities to healthcare professionals and patients. They also include training for healthcare professionals regarding physical, mental, and emotional support to those struggling. Funding and supplies are also being provided to help with the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

We are working with a variety of partners to maximize efforts in countries all over the world. As we monitor the situation worldwide, we will continue to evaluate new projects and provide help in additional places. We anticipate responding for months to come as families, communities, and nations band together to address the long-term effects of the virus. Strengthening and supporting each other long after the news cycle ends is part of the mission of Latter-day Saint Charities.

Where the Church has canneries and food processing plants, production schedules have been adjusted to meet the increasing needs. The goods will be made available as needed to Church leaders, community agencies, school feeding programs, food banks, and other partners.

Due to its global reach and long trajectory, this emergency situation is like no other. We are grateful for strong partnerships with governments, international non-governmental organizations, and the host of people around the world contributing to solutions. This event is more than any one organization can handle, and we thank all in the global community who have stepped up in positive ways to lift one another. We also thank the many thousands of people who donate to support the efforts of Latter-day Saint Charities. These donations allow us to respond immediately without any delay, and we are grateful for the generosity and trust of all who support these efforts.

How You Can Help

As an individual, you may be wondering how you can help during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular during this time, one of the best things you can do is be a good global citizen. Pay close attention to and follow the guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the spread of the virus. Be good neighbors when shopping or using medical resources. Check on neighbors and friends in appropriate ways for the situation in your community. Creatively use technology to help people stay connected and to keep spirits positive. This is a time when every person can do something, and kindness is evidence of who we really are.