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Since 1985, LDS Charities has provided assistance to millions of people in 189 countries.

How We Work
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Step 1

Receive funds dedicated to humanitarian aid efforts.

OUR FUNDING:

  • Comes from normal, everyday people who are members of our Church and others, not from government grants or large corporate donations.
  • Supports only humanitarian work—100 percent of the funds go toward project expenses.
  • Doesn't have to cover overhead costs, as they are paid fully by our Church.

Step 2

Define needs and develop projects that align with our mission.

OUR MISSION:

  • Help others as God would have us do.
  • Serve all races, nationalities, and religions.
  • Promote volunteerism.
  • Provide emergency assistance.
  • Relieve suffering.
  • Support programs that meet specific needs and encourage self-reliance, service, and sustainability.
  • Encourage beneficiaries to participate.

Step 3

Identify local partners who align with our mission and implement successful projects.

OUR PARTNERS:

  • Organizations of all sizes, from global NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and government ministries to local nonprofits.
  • Local organizations that know the unique needs of the communities they serve and can develop local solutions.
  • Organizations whose mission and values align with ours.
  • Organizations that have a proven history of completing successful projects.

Step 4

Engage our volunteer network to support partners and beneficiaries when possible.

OUR VOLUNTEERS:

  • Come from a global network.
  • Mostly live in the communities we serve, reducing the time and costs required to meet changing needs.
  • Fit within an established framework of local leadership that provides direction and a coordinated response.
Our Signature Programs

Benson Food

We help families and communities increase their food security through sustainable techniques in food production, nutrition, diet, and home food storage.
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Clean Water

We reach over a million people from all faiths, countries, and ethnicities each year as we help communities implement the three pillars of health: clean water sources, improved sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene training.
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Community Projects

We meet other locally identified needs by using available Church and community resources.
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Emergency Response

In partnership with other relief organizations, we strive to provide immediate emergency assistance around the world to victims of natural disasters, civil unrest, or famine.
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Immunization

We protect the health and lives of mothers and children by donating to key global immunization partners to eradicate and eliminate diseases, strengthen immunization systems, and combat the outbreak of diseases around the world.
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Maternal and Newborn Care

The World Health Organization estimates that one million newborns die each year from breathing difficulties. LDS Charities provides training to medical personnel around the world in an effort to decrease the deaths of newborns and their mothers each year.
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Refugee Response

As the worldwide refugee crisis has worsened in recent years, LDS Charities has responded by developing a three-pronged approach: immediate relief, long-term aid, and resettlement support. To accomplish our work, we have joined with a variety of trusted local and global partners to support refugees.
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Vision Care

Over 300 million people worldwide live with low vision or blindness. We work to improve the quality of eye care and treatment delivered by local health care organizations so that blindness and visual impairment may be avoided.
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Wheelchairs

We work with partner organizations that serve people with mobility disabilities to provide appropriate manual wheelchairs to individuals. According to WHO guidelines, we ensure each person is assessed, fit, instructed, and given ongoing support.
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See How Far We’ve Come – From Edward Jenner to the Eradication of Smallpox

Smallpox was one of the world's deadliest diseases before it was eradicated in 1980. As we join in celebrating World Immunization Week 2018, read about the history of the eradication of smallpox and what LDS Charities is doing to continue focusing on immunizations and vaccinations.
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