Church volunteers wearing Helping Hands shirts help clean up after a disaster.

How LDS Charities Responds to Emergencies

What happens when disaster strikes? How does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respond? As the humanitarian arm of a worldwide church, LDS Charities responds to emergencies and needs all over the world. Read this article to learn more.
Boy with bike in mud

Responding to Emergencies in 2017

LDS Charities responded to these and many other needs from disasters around the world. Mudslides in Sierra Leone killed over 1,000 people and left 3,000 residents homeless. LDS Charities and Development Initiative Programme partnered to provide mattresses, food, and water to those affected by this disaster. LDS Charities also offered support to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, in the Caribbean islands and the southern United States.
Refugee shelters in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

On the Ground in Bangladesh

This is the story of our response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. This is the world’s largest refugee camp and with pending monsoons, cyclones, a high potential for wildfires, and other challenges, people are referring to it as a disaster within a disaster. Click to read more and see photos.
A woman in Mali helps a farmer receive a cash distribution.

Giving Cash Instead: Mali Cash Distribution

In the West African country of Mali, LDS Charities is working with another faith-based organization, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), on an innovative idea. Households in 50 villages that had a severely poor harvest last year are receiving cash payments to help get them through a prolonged lean season. Read more about our partnership with CRS.