UNICEF USA and Latter-day Saint Charities
"Thanks to the generous support of Latter-day Saint Charities for UNICEF's global COVID-19 response, children and families will get the critical medical and hygiene supplies they need, while their communities will benefit from improved infection prevention and control. We appreciate and thank our faith-based partners like Latter-day Saint Charities for their continued commitment to UNICEF’s work to support every child.”
-- UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore
Our Collective Impact
In February 2021, Latter-day Saint Charities committed $20 million to support UNICEF’s global work with the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, and the vaccines arm of the ACT Accelerator called the COVAX facility. This commitment complements Latter-day Saint Charities’ $3 million donation in 2020 to facilitate UNICEF’s urgent COVID-19 response, providing water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Latter-day Saint Charities support will contribute to UNICEF’s historic efforts in leading the procurement and supply of 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines to around 196 participating COVAX countries and economies by the end of 2021. Through this partnership, UNICEF will be able to work with countries to strengthen their cold and supply chains, train health workers, address misinformation and build trust in vaccines and in the health systems delivering them. Thanks to support from Latter-day Saint Charities, UNICEF will help reimagine and develop a world that is a safe and more equitable place for communities and children everywhere.
In 2014, Latter-day Saint Charities joined the Global Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) Elimination Initiative. This historic initiative is providing vaccines to women of reproductive age, health education, training of birth attendants, and more. It is also paving the way for the delivery of other lifesaving services.
Latter-day Saint Charities has also supported UNICEF programs to eradicate diseases like polio and eliminate diseases like measles, to help countries develop routine immunization services, and to prevent and fight disease outbreaks. Support has gone to programs in countries like Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, and more.
Early Childhood Development and Education
In 2018, Latter-day Saint Charities provided the seed funding for Learning for Life, a multi-country program designed to meet the Early Childhood Development (ECD) and education needs of children affected by the South Sudan and other regional refugee crises. Thanks to the support of Latter-day Saint Charities, these programs are being supported and scaled up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
Learning for Life is providing children with a chance to attain the skills and life opportunities they need to break cycles of poverty and violence. Quality ECD services provide children with nutrition, stimulation and protection for optimal brain development. ECD and education also have immediate benefits, providing children with a sense of stability and normalcy and safe spaces to learn and play.
109,480 children have been reached through Learning for Life, including 103,064 children who have accessed quality ECD and education and 6,416 children have been able to access Alternative Learning Programs, which provide out-of-school children catch-up education options and a pathway to enter formal education. Also, 40,113 parents have been trained on child development and caregiving best practices and 2,243 ECD workers have been trained on child-centered learning and inclusive education.
Latter-day Saint Charities has supported humanitarian action for children in the wake of natural disasters, civil unrest, food insecurity and protracted crises. UNICEF has received emergency funding from Latter-day Saint Charities to support nutrition, health, WASH, education and other programs in countries including Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Syria, Yemen, Mozambique, The Bahamas and Houston, TX.
Latter-day Saint Charities is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its purpose is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for service. Latter-day Saint Charities sponsors relief and development projects in 189 countries and gives assistance without regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality.
Latter-day Saint Charities and UNICEF USA have been in partnership since 2013, providing immunizations, supporting children and families with emergency response and meeting the education and development needs of refugees. Through our collective impact, UNICEF USA and Latter-day Saint Charities can reach the most vulnerable children and families and ensure they are able to survive and thrive.