Woman comforts a patient in a Romanian AIDS hospital
LDS Charities donates supplies to a hospital in Romania that helps those suffering from AIDS Romania AIDS Hospital

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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Neonatal Resuscitation Training

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 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

neonatal resuscitation training course in Kazakhstan

Long-term Partnership Yields Quality Training and Care in Kazakhstan

In September 2014, LDS Charities neonatal resuscitation specialists returned to Kazakhstan, a beautiful country in the steppes of central Asia, to work once again with Professor Tamara Chuvakova. Dr. Chuvakova is the “Mother of Neonatology” in Kazakhstan, and her colleagues at the National Research Center of Mother and Child Health.  

This highly effective partnership began in 2007 when LDS Charities volunteers in Kazakhstan wanted to initiate a neonatal resuscitation training program. The humanitarian volunteers were put in contact with Professor Chuvakova, the chief neonatologist for Kazakhstan and at the time the director of the Neonatal Department of the Kazakh State Institute for Physician Improvement in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city.

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Past Projects

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