A group of panelists discusses the challenges of refugee camps
From Conflict Zones to Our Communities: Best Practices for Refugee Assistance and Resettlement. LDS Charities Co-Sponsors Refugee Conference with AMAR U.S.

Since 1985, LDS Charities has provided assistance to millions of people in 185 countries.

How We Work

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Step 1

Receive Funds dedicated to humanitarian aid efforts


  • comes from normal, everyday people who are members of our Church and others, not from government grants or large corporate donations
  • is used only for humanitarian work with 100% going toward project expenses
  • is never spent on overhead costs, which are fully paid by our Church

Step 2

Develop projects that align with our mission


  • serve all races, nationalities, and religions
  • help others as God would have us do
  • promote volunteerism
  • relieve suffering
  • support programs that meet specific needs and encourage self-reliance and sustainability
  • encourage the participation of beneficiaries

Step 3

Identify local partners that align with our mission and implement successful projects

We partner with

  • organizations of all sizes, from global NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and government ministries to local nonprofits
  • local organizations that know the unique needs of the communities they serve and develop local solutions
  • organizations whose mission and values align with ours
  • organizations that have a proven history of completing successful projects

Step 4

Engage our volunteer network to support partners and beneficiaries when possible


  • come from a global network
  • mostly live in the communities we serve, allowing rapid response to local needs
  • have local leadership that provides direction and a coordinated response

Our Signature Programs

Benson Food

We help families and communities increase their food security through sustainable techniques in food production, nutrition, diet, and home food storage.
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Clean Water

We reach over a million people from all faiths, countries, and ethnicities each year as we help communities with three pillars of health: clean water sources, improved sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene training.
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Emergency Response

We strive to provide immediate emergency assistance to victims of natural disasters, civil unrest, or famine around the world in partnership with other relief organizations.
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We contribute to the efforts of key global immunization organizations and we support local immunization campaigns through social mobilization and local support in countries where disease claims the lives of many children.
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Maternal and Newborn Care

The World Health Organization estimates that 1 million newborns die each year of breathing difficulties, and LDS Charities provides training to medical personnel around the world to help prevent the deaths of an estimated 1 million newborns and their mothers each year.
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Vision Care

Over 300 million people worldwide live with low vision or blindness. We work to improve the quality of eye care treatment delivered by local health care organizations so that blindness and visual impairment may be avoided.
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We work with partner organizations that directly serve people with mobility disabilities to provide appropriate manual wheelchairs to individuals according to WHO guidelines, so that each person is assessed, fit, provided instruction, and provided on-going support.
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Community Projects

We meet other locally identified needs by using available Church and community resources.
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Recent News

A child is immunized during a national immunization campaign in the Philippines.

National immunization campaign in the Philippines


The Department of Health in the Philippines conducts an immunization campaign every three to four years. LDS Charities supported this campaign in 2007 and 2011 by donating to the Department of Health for the purchase of the measles and rubella (MR) vaccine.

Despite continued efforts, measles outbreaks occurred in many parts of the country in 2013 and early 2014, leading the Philippine Department of Health to conduct a national immunization for measles, rubella, and oral polio (MR OPV MI) in September 2014.

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