LDS Charities Updates

June - July Emergency Response Update

Volunteers stand next to the mobile medical clinic LDS Charities is helping support in Syria.

LDS Charities responds to emergencies throughout the world on a regular basis. Below is a list of projects and initiatives that LDS Charities was involved with during June and July 2018.

Mobile Medical Clinic in Syria

In Dara’a, Syria, LDS Charities is helping a local partner purchase a mobile medical clinic and provide one month of operating expenses for the clinic. The Syrian Civil War has left medical centers inoperable and there is a large need for life-saving medical aid. The Greek Catholic monastery of St. James the Mutilated and Mother Agnes Mariam de la Croix will use the mobile clinic to serve approximately 25,000 individuals in the local region.

Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation in Syria

Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced within Syria because of a disastrous civil war; the latest wave of violence in Dara’a governorate displaced hundreds of thousands of people. At the Nasib-Jaber border crossing, approximately 50,000 displaced people are living in dire humanitarian conditions, including lack of access to safe water and sanitation facilities. LDS Charities is partnering with UNICEF USA to support UNICEF to provide safe water through trucking, install water tanks, deliver jerry cans of water, and maintain water systems. The partnership with UNICEF USA will also support UNICEF programs to increase access to hygiene and sanitation facilities in the area.

Ebola Response in DR Congo

LDS Charities is partnering with International Medical Corps (IMC) in DR Congo to help respond to a confirmed Ebola outbreak. The outbreak occurred on May 8, 2018 and reached a total number of 60 cases and 25 reported deaths. IMC has experience in responding to Ebola outbreaks and was one of the organizations deployed during the 2014 West Africa Ebola epidemic. LDS Charities will help establish screening stations as well as supply personal protective equipment, hygiene and sanitation materials, and training to members of the community.

Torrential Rain and Flooding in Japan

Beginning in early July, the prefectures of Okayama and Hiroshima experienced torrential rain and flooding that forced over 1 million people from their homes. This flooding is considered the worst natural disaster in Japan since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. LDS Charities is working with local volunteer organizations as well as international aid organizations to help. One partner is helping deliver post-trauma counseling to people who have been evacuated from their homes due to the flooding.

You can read more about LDS volunteers helping in the cleanup efforts here: https://www.lds.org/church/news/church-lending-helping-hand-in-storm-weary-regions-of-asia?lang=eng

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