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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
Wheelchair training specialists speak with an LDS Charities representative in Kenya.

Behind the Scenes: Wheelchair Training in Kenya (2:52)

LDS Charities wheelchair specialists discuss the Church's newly designed wheelchair.

Behind the Scenes: Wheelchair Program (9:00)

LDS Charities works to provide wheelchairs to people in need.

2016 Humanitarian Report: Wheelchairs (0:47)

Bernardo Cantera, a recipient of a wheelchair from LDS Charities, poses with a missionary couple.

Care to Share: Bernardo Wheelchair Recipient (1:09)

Trizha, a recipient of an LDS Charities wheelchair, navigates her school in her new chair.

Care to Share: Trizha Wheelchair Recipient (0:50)


Wheelchair Program (2:28)

Nadia sitting in her wheelchair smiling.

Syrian Refugee: Nadia's Story (2:39)

Smiling Faces in Sierra Leone (2:22)

Mussa Mansaray expresses appreciation for the wheelchair project provided by LDS Charities

Mussa Mansaray: Sierra Leone Bo Government Hospital (1:11)