"The wind was blowing the heat away from us. As soon as we got in the car and started to drive down, you could feel it radiating through the windows,” Bill Kastner said, describing the raging fires that burned down his home and thousands of other homes in California, United States. Wildfires ravaged many areas of the western United States in 2017, eliciting a need for food, water, clothing, and shelter for those displaced.
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. When two massive earthquakes struck southern and central Mexico, LDS Charities distributed food, tents, hygiene kits, and other relief supplies.
In addition to supporting victims of natural disasters, we provided relief to those affected by the ongoing famines throughout Africa and the Middle East. This year, we partnered with 11 organizations to carry out 25 different famine relief projects that supplied critical, life-sustaining support to those in need.
LDS Charities has provided emergency assistance in 175 countries and territories since 1985, and completed 111 emergency assistance projects in 43 countries during 2017.
Top: A boy rides a bicycle through the mud in Haiti after Hurricane Irma. © UNICEF/UN0119996/Bradley
Below: A boy stands on a partially destroyed brick building on the island of Anguilla after Hurricane Irma. © UNICEF/UN0120828/English