A young refugee boy.

How LDS Charities Helps Refugees

Since 1985, LDS Charities has provided assistance to millions of people in 185 countries.

How We Work
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Step 1

Receive funds dedicated to humanitarian aid efforts.


  • 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

Develop projects that align with 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 and sustainability.
  • Encourage beneficiaries to participate.

Step 3

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


  • 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.


  • 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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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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We contribute to the efforts of key global immunization organizations and we support local immunization campaigns through social mobilization and local support in countries where disease claims the lives of many children.
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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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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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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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Community Projects

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