Latter-day Saint Charities Updates

February - March Emergency Response Update

Burundi refugees sit on a boat in a refugee camp in Tanzania.

LDS Charities responds to emergencies throughout the world on a regular basis. Below is a list of projects and initiatives that LDS Charities was involved with during February and March 2018.

Emergency Response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

LDS Charities donated to the World Food Programme to help alleviate the hunger crisis in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Conflict in the DRC has left nearly eight million people struggling to find food, so the funds will provide much-needed food staples such as cereals, salt, and cooking oil. Read more about the donation on Mormon Newsroom.

LDS Charities is also working with three other organizations to respond to emergencies in the Kasai region. In partnership with UNICEF USA, LDS Charities is supporting UNICEF’s emergency nutrition response programming to benefit the children in the Kasai region suffering from severe acute malnutrition. In conjunction with Catholic Relief Services, LDS Charities is working to provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance. And with the help of ADRA, LDS Charities is working to improve access to primary health care in the region.

Household Emergency Kits in Chad

It is estimated that over 120,000 individuals have been displaced by violence in Chad. In partnership with ShelterBox USA, LDS Charities will provide nearly 2,000 household emergency kits to benefit almost 12,000 men, women, and children living in rudimentary shelters in existing displacement sites. Additionally, 250 tents will be provided to newly arriving families who have been displaced by violence.

Assistance for Burundian Refugees in Tanzania

LDS Charities is working with USA for UNHCR to provide shelter reinforcements and essential nonfood items for Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Tanzania is currently hosting the largest number of Burundian refugees, and it is expected that 50,000 more people will flee Burundi. The supplies provided will be able to help almost 5,000 families living in the three refugee camps in Tanzania’s Kigoma region.

Response to Cyclone Ava in Madagascar

On January 5, 2018, tropical cyclone Ava hit the coast of Madagascar, killing 29 and displacing 27,000. Severe damage has been done to not only homes, schools, and health facilities, but also road infrastructure and crops. LDS Charities is working with Catholic Relief Services to provide immediate agricultural assistance, repair school facilities, and build cyclone-resistant shelters for the most vulnerable families affected.

Earthquake Recovery in Iraq

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the northern border of Iraq and Iran on November 12, 2017, killing 9 people and injuring 550 more. Additionally, this earthquake has caused significant structural harm, especially in the city of Darbandikhan. The city’s services are already stretched, as it is hosting over 50,000 displaced Iraqis, and due to the earthquake, its water supply and 11 school buildings have been damaged. In partnership with UNICEF USA, LDS Charities is working with UNICEF to repair the schools and the water provision system, helping both 3,900 students and 60,000 residents who currently have limited access to water.