LDS Charities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
LDS 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. LDS Charities sponsors relief and development projects in 189 countries and gives assistance without regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality. Aid is based on the core principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance, and sustainability. Largely run with volunteer labor, LDS Charities operates both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments.
LDS Charities and UNICEF USA have been in partnership since 2013, supporting programs to reach the world’s most vulnerable children and families. Learn more about how we are making an impact together below.
In 2014, LDS Charities joined the Global Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) Elimination Initiative, contributing $7.3 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.
LDS 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 Chad, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Ghana, Guinea, Venezuela and more.
Early Childhood Development and Education
In 2018, LDS 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 LDS 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.
Together, LDS Charities and UNICEF are working towards four key outcomes:
- Increased access to ECD and education services
- Improved quality of ECD and education for crisis-affected children
- Strengthened family and community participation
- Progress towards reinforced sustainability of ECD and education delivery
As of August 2018, over 15,200 children have benefited from access to services, 2,252 parents have been reached with training and resources, 776 teachers have been trained, and 289 ECD kits containing learning and play materials have been distributed.
LDS 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 LDS Charities to support nutrition, health, WASH, education and other programs in countries including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Haiti, Yemen, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Somalia and Houston, USA.