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LDS Charities Origin Story

A famine in Ethiopia killed nearly 400,000 people between 1983 and 1985. At the time, President Spencer W. Kimball asked members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to respond by participating in a special fast—going without food and water for a 24-hour period and donating the money they would have spent on food to the aid of the Ethiopian people. In just two special days of fasting over $11 million was raised. The Church then formalized its humanitarian efforts and created LDS Charities to continue responding to needs like this one around the world.

LDS Charities is supported by donations made by everyday people, and since its start in 1985 the organization has donated billions of dollar’s worth of food, commodities, volunteer hours to relieve the effects of both natural and man-made disasters.

LDS Charities has also expanded to support sustainable efforts such as:

- Benson Food
- Clean Water
- Community Projects
- Emergency Response
- Immunization
- Maternal and Newborn Care
- Refugee Response
- Vision Care
- Wheelchairs
LDS Charities partners with WaterAid to assist refugees in Bangladesh.

Partner Testimonial: WaterAid (2:59)

Clean Water 2016 Overview (1:44)

kristen talks with water technical specialists

Behind the Scenes: Water Technical Specialists (5:33)

Behind the Scenes: Clean Water

LDS Charities Behind the Scenes | Clean Water (6:53)

People walking down the streets.

Clean Water Program (3:09)

Men in Luputa dig a trench for their new water system

Water for Luputa (2:53)

Water Well in Sierra Leone (2:15)

Mustapha Turray describes an LDS Charities clean water project in Sierra Leone

Mustapha Turray — Sierra Leone Clean Water Project Manager (1:07)

Clean Water Is Happiness

Clean Water Is Happiness (4:05)