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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 works to train nurses in maternal and newborn care.

2016 Humanitarian Report: Maternal and Newborn Care (0:48)

robert smith testimonial

Robert Clark- Helping Babies Breathe Testimonial (1:27)

Dean Walker talking about why LDS Charities partners with Helping Babies Breathe

Dean Walker- Helping Babies Breathe Testimonial (1:20)

Eileen Schoen talks about partnership with LDS Charities

Eileen Schoen: Helping Babies Breathe Testimonial (:49)

Susan Niermeyer—Helping Babies Breathe Testimonial (2:12)

LDS Charities Behind the Scenes: Maternal and Newborn Care with Dean Walker (7:16)

LDS Charities Behind the Scenes: Dr. Michael Draper Morocco Trip Recap (6:28)

"All Through the Night" Music Video (2:03)

LDS Charities Behind the Scenes: Helping Babies Breathe Volunteer Dr. Michael Draper (4:59)