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
Nearly a year into the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the global number of cases per day continues to increase. As the pandemic endures, it perpetuates an unprecedented socioeconomic, humanitarian, and human rights crisis which is taking its toll on the most vulnerable worldwide. 90% of countries have experienced a disruption in the ability to provide crucial healthcare services, leaving millions of children at risk of illness and death.
With support from Latter-day Saint Charities, UNICEF will be able to support vulnerable populations in mitigating the negative consequences of COVID-19, supporting the provision of medical and WASH supplies and improving infection prevention and control. 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.
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.
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.