Latter-day Saint Charities

The 2019 Light the World Giving Machines, which UNICEF USA was a proud global partner.

UNICEF USA and Latter-day Saint Charities Light the World for Children

UNICEF USA is grateful to continue our partnership with Latter-day Saint Charities through the #LightTheWorld campaign. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented challenges, and to ensure the safety of community members and those involved, the in-person Giving Machines will not take place this year.

But don’t worry - during the 2020 holiday you can still Light the World, virtually!

UNICEF won’t stop protecting children, and continues to ensure that communities receive the  supplies they need, such as soap and safe water, school supplies and access to distance/home-based learning, vaccines to fight deadly diseases, and much more!

Give the gift of hope this year by making a donation in support of the world's most vulnerable children.

A few examples of how your gift could make an impact for children:

  • $25: Could help provide safe water (from a manually drilled well) to 5 children for 1 year
  • $40: Could help protect a healthcare worker as they work to prevent infection and treat patients with COVID-19 through providing them with a surgical mask, disposable gloves, coveralls and protective boots
  • $50: Could help UNICEF procure 200 doses of oral polio vaccine drops  
  • $75: Could provide life-saving Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and blankets to help newborn babies thrive
  • $190: Could provide Early Childhood Development Kits, allowing up to 50 young children at once to develop skills for thinking, speaking, feeling and interacting with others
  • $550: Could pelp UNICEF procure10 school desks and benches, allowing children the chance to learn

“This unique initiative is allowing UNICEF to reach more children, while also reaching more people who have the goodwill to make a difference for others around the world.”  – Leslie Goldman, Vice President Global Cause Partnerships, UNICEF USA

During the 2019 Light the World Giving Machines, UNICEF USA was proud to have a variety of UNICEF Inspired Gifts that individuals could purchase. These are just a few examples of the ways UNICEF is supporting children and communitities around the world.  

Out Collective Impact


In 2014, Latter-day Saint Charities joined the Global Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) Elimination Initiative, contributing $9.3 million to date. 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.

More than 50,000 children have benefited from access to services, almost 7,000 parents have been reached with training and resources, 4,616 children have accessed Alternative Learning Programs and 1,524 ECD workers have been trained. 

Emergency Response

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.

COVID-19: Latter-day Saint Charities' generous contribution for UNICEF's global COVID-19 response is being used to support ​the provision of medical and WASH supplies and improve infection prevention and control.

"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

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.

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