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Latter-day Saint Charities Origin Story

A famine in Ethiopia killed nearly 400,000 people between 1983 and 1985. At the time, President Spencer W. Kimball asked members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to respond by participating in a special fast—going without food and water for a 24-hour period and donating the money they would have spent on food to the aid of the Ethiopian people. In just two special days of fasting over $11 million was raised. The Church then formalized its humanitarian efforts and created Latter-day Saint Charities to continue responding to needs like this one around the world.

Latter-day Saint Charities is supported by donations made by everyday people, and since its start in 1985 the organization has donated billions of dollar’s worth of food, commodities, volunteer hours to relieve the effects of both natural and man-made disasters.

Latter-day Saint Charities has also expanded to support sustainable efforts such as:

- Benson Food
- Clean Water
- Community Projects
- Emergency Response
- Immunization
- Maternal and Newborn Care
- Refugee Response
- Vision Care
- Wheelchairs
Rachel Steinberg of UNICEF USA talks with an LDS Charities representative about refugee education in Kenya.

Behind the Scenes: Refugee Education (1:39)

LDS Charities partners with WaterAid to assist refugees in Bangladesh.

Partner Testimonial: WaterAid (2:59)

Rohingya women stand in line at a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Care to Share: Latter-day Saint Charities and ADRA in Bangladesh (1:02)

Leslie Goldman and Sharon Eubank talk at an early childhood learning center in Uganda.

UNICEF and LDS Charities in Uganda (2:50)

Behind the Scenes: International Rescue Committee (6:43)

Refugee Relief in Europe: Nina Karrou (6:24)

Refugee clients in a mobile clinic in Rome.

Mobile Medical Clinic for Refugees in Rome (1:25)

A doctor speaking with a refugee in Sicily.

Mental Health Clinic for Refugees in Sicily (1:02)

Refugee mother with her children.

Refuge from the Storm (5:15)