What We Do
Georgian midwives getting trained on neonatal resuscitation.


Our humanitarian signature programs are built on the principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance, and sustainability. We employ these principles even during times of critical aid and emergency response. Our efforts are designed to give individuals and communities the tools they need to improve their own circumstances in permanent and meaningful ways.


We seek to align ourselves with partners that share our desire and commitment to meeting humanitarian needs around the world. By working with those organizations most capable of meeting the needs outlined in our various initiatives, we are able to put the donations we receive to the best use. By working with us, our partners are able to increase their impact through our funding and volunteer resources.
2015 Annual Report
Benson Food
Woman standing in a community garden.

Our Mission

Support community efforts to improve the health and well-being of families through projects in food production, food storage, and nutrition training.

Our Approach

We identify and leverage local resources to meet challenges in food security. Our projects often target families, but we also partner with organizations to help communities as a whole. The objective of these projects is to help beneficiaries increase their food security through sustainable and economical practices.

2016 Impact

People Served116,000

Home Food Production

Families and communities can increase their food security by using sustainable practices such as gardening and animal production. Beneficiaries use their local resources to learn methods that are most effective and appropriate to their environment. As a result, they learn practices that are both sustainable and effective.

Improved Nutrition

Understanding healthy nutrition is an important part of helping families improve their food security. Our projects include training on the health benefits of producing and consuming a more nutritional and balanced diet. This training is adapted to the environment and culture of the participants.

Food Storage

Food storage is increasing food security. Our projects include training on food storage practices that are relevant and practical for the local environment and culture.

Clean Water
A person pouring clean water for others to drink.

Our Mission

Provide communities with clean water sources, improved sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene training.

Our Approach

Our clean water program uses community participation—donations of time and skills—to organize an intricate network of volunteers and temporary staff. We use equipment and materials that are easy to repair and can be acquired locally to create fresh water systems and latrines for communities around the world.

2016 Impact

People Served380,000

Water Systems

We evaluate the natural resources in an area, and work to create water and sanitation systems that are built with local technology and maintained by the community.

Local Water Committees

Local citizens are given the responsibility to determine a water-use fee as well as maintain the water system both during the project and after its completion.

Hygiene Training

Families send representatives to receive training on proper sanitation and hygiene practices from a designated trainer in their community each week during this project.

Community Projects
Malaysian children gathered together and smiling.

Our Mission

Support and assist local organizations as they solve the problems and meet the needs of their communities.

Our Approach

We work with local partner organizations, use their solutions and resources, and involve the beneficiaries as we plan and implement projects to meet needs that are specific to their community.

2016 Impact

Emergency Response
LDS Charities volunteers helping rebuild a home.

Hygiene Kits

Community members in the disaster area come together to assemble hygiene kits, which contain soap, towels, and other needed items.


LDS Charities delivers food supplies in response to the call for help from Church leaders in disaster areas. These supplies are usually assembled by volunteers at Church welfare facilities.

Volunteer Work

LDS Church members near the disaster are often organized into relief teams. These relief teams help clean up homes, parks, and other facilities. They help shelters with childcare, food preparation, and other needs.

LDS Charities representative prepares to give an immunization shot.

Our Mission

Raise public awareness of local immunization sites and campaigns. Our efforts have increased the number of immunized children and reduced the number of lives lost to measles, diarrhea, and pneumonia.

Our Approach

LDS Charities works with local organizations to initiate and financially support village parades, TV announcements, pamphlet deliveries, and radio advertisements to publicize the immunizations that are available in the area. This local mobilization (in conjunction with our donations to worldwide organizations) advances one of the most vital medical initiatives.

2016 Impact


Monetary Support

LDS Charities gives donations to local and international organizations who are responsible for purchasing vaccines for developing countries.

Local Volunteers

LDS Church members and other volunteers help by delivering pamphlets, keeping accurate records, organizing immunization sites, and ensuring that their own children receive immunizations.

Social Mobilization

Through radio and TV spots, parades, and jingles, community and LDS Church members increase public awareness for immunization.

Maternal and Newborn Care
A group of women being trained in neonatal resuscitation.

Our Mission

Provide lifesaving training and equipment for birth attendants to help resuscitate babies at birth, support the care of newborns, and improve maternal survival following birth.

Our Approach

We work with local organizations to initiate a perpetuated train-the-trainer program for doctors, nurses, and midwives based on curriculum from “Helping Babies Breathe”, “Essential Care for Every Baby” and “Helping Mothers Survive”. In addition to the lifesaving skills that are taught, delivery rooms and midwives are provided the equipment needed to practice and implement the techniques they have learned.

2016 Impact

People Served33,000


Utilizing the train-the-trainer method, in-country representatives from hospitals and clinics learn to train local birth attendants neonatal resuscitation skills, as well as maternal and newborn care techniques.


Easily transportable bags of equipment are donated to groups of trainers to facilitate the perpetuation of training to others. In addition to course applicable equipment, at least one hand-operated resuscitator is provided in each clinical setting to support the use of learned techniques.

Widespread Effect

Each person who attends a course are instructed and given resources to train at least eight other people so that the training can reach a larger number of people and have a greater impact.

Refugee Response
Refugee ReAs the worldwide refugee crisis has worsened in recent years, LDS Charities has responded by developing a three-pronged approach: immediate relief, long-term aid, and resettlement support. To accomplish our work, we have joined with a variety of trusted local and global partners to support refugees.

Our Mission

Offer support to refugees and displaced persons around the world.

Our Approach

We have responded to the refugee crisis by developing a three-pronged approach: immediate relief, long-term aid, and resettlement support. To accomplish our work, we have joined with a variety of trusted local and global partners to support refugees.

2016 Impact


Immediate Relief

LDS Charities provides life-sustaining aid such as food, water, clothing, and shelter to people who are fleeing their homes and are in need of basic survival materials.

Long-Term Aid

Long-term aid includes assisting camps and communities in creating access to clean water, providing ongoing education for children, and donating medication and equipment to clinics for treating common diseases.

Resettlement Support

By working with resettlement agencies, LDS Charities encourages support for displaced persons who are beginning a new life.

Vision Care
LDS Charities specialists training local eye care professionals.

Our Mission

Prevent avoidable blindness and visual impairment as we strengthen eye care services to the poor by mentoring vision professionals who work in health care organizations. We also provide equipment, supplies, and organizational support to these eye care professionals and programs.

Our Approach

Specialists volunteer their time in a short-term program in which they help provide training, equipment, and supplies to assist local eye care professionals and programs. Since 2003 more than 550,000 people have benefited from Church vision projects throughout the world.

2016 Impact

People Served90,000


LDS Charities volunteers and technical specialists help doctors improve their diagnostic and treatment techniques.


Doctors are trained on how to use donated equipment, and technicians are trained on the maintenance. The technology ensures improved diagnoses and disease treatment.


Depending on the project , consumable supplies such as lenses, sutures, medications, and eyeglasses are donated. These are often acquired from local vendors.

Man receiving a new wheelchair from LDS Charities.

Our Mission

Improve mobility, health, and the educational and economic opportunities for people with physical disabilities.

Our Approach

Working with local organizations, we improve the services for the physically disabled and provide manual wheelchairs or walking aids that are appropriate to individual needs and circumstances.

Volunteer trainers help local organizations to assess individual needs, select and fit appropriate wheelchairs, train individuals and caregivers, provide support for repair and maintenance, and implement World Health Organization guidelines.

Where it's feasible, LDS Charities seeks to support local production of wheelchairs.

2016 Impact

People Served55,500

Mobility Devices

To enable mobility for each person, we provide individuals with different types of wheelchairs based on their needs. People who live in rough terrain can receive Motivation® and Whirlwind RoughRider® wheelchairs.

Individual Training

Disabled individuals, their family, and other caregivers are trained in the techniques needed to maintain health. Individuals are also trained to use and take care of their wheelchairs.

Support for Repair

We ensure that the wheelchairs will offer effective, long-term mobility by providing training and tools for repair and maintenance.

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