We respond to emergencies all over the world. Here is a summary of some of the emergency response projects we were involved with during June 2019.
Cyclone Idai Response
On March 15, tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth made landfall in southern Africa, causing severe damage in the countries of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Latter-day Saint Charities is working with multiple partners to respond to the devastation that followed. In the disaster zone of all three countries, clean water and food are in short supply, and stagnant water has increased the risk of large-scale disease outbreaks. Destruction of schools and homes has impeded education and livelihoods.
We are partnering with UNICEF USA to support emergency programming and distribute resources to those affected by the disaster, including nutrition supplements, medicine, insecticide-treated bed nets, water, sanitation, hygiene kits, and educational services. Our partnership also provides training on disease mitigation to those affected.
We are also partnering in the region with Save the Children to provide medical supplies, shelter kits, temporary classrooms, and education materials.
World Food Programme (WFP) is also partnering with Latter-day Saint Charities in response to Cyclone Idai. With support from Latter-day Saint Charities, WFP will purchase much-needed basic food items for distribution in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.
Nutrition Help and Medical Care in South Sudan
Civil conflict in South Sudan has displaced millions of people since 2013 and, according to the United Nations Population Fund, is now Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the Rwanda genocide. Latter-day Saint Charities is partnering with CARE to fight acute malnutrition in children under the age of five as well as to meet the nutrition needs of pregnant and nursing mothers.
Through this partnership with CARE, families in South Sudan are receiving nutrition counseling. They are also receiving funds to purchase high-nutrition foods such as beans and milk. CARE sponsors in-home follow-up visits to continue educating families on the importance of good nutrition.
Over half the population of South Sudan doesn’t have access to health care. We’re helping by partnering with International Medical Corps (IMC) to provide medications and medical supplies to 13 clinics in 5 states throughout South Sudan, which will benefit approximately 270,000 internally displaced persons, refugees, and members of the local community.
Responding to Flooding in Iran
Iran has been facing unprecedented flooding in 25 of its 31 provinces. Torrential rains, which began in late March, have killed 70 people. Entire neighborhoods and vehicles have washed away, and 200 bridges and 400 kilometers of roads have been destroyed.
Latter-day Saint Charities is partnering with Moms Against Poverty (MAP) to provide assistance to impacted families. MAP’s team in Iran has traveled to the impacted areas, assessed the damage, and prioritized immediate needs. This emergency relief project will distribute food, hygiene products, and children’s clothing to approximately 35,000 flood victims.
Supporting Refugees in Ethiopia
Ethiopia has a long-standing history of hosting refugees. It currently hosts some 905,000 registered refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, and Yemen.
We’re partnering with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to provide funds for emergency shelter kits that are given to new arrivals. These kits consist of plastic sheeting, nails, poles, rope, and wood materials, or mud-brick shelters for the elderly and individuals with special needs, such as disabilities. Latter-day Saint Charities is also helping provide essential household items—such as jerricans, kitchen supplies, sanitary kits, soap, blankets, sleeping mats, women’s underwear, plastic sheeting, and solar lanterns—to new arrivals. This assistance will benefit over 400,000 people.