LDS Charities is run and funded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often misnamed the Mormon Church). It is a non-profit organization which reaches out a helping hand to communities struck by natural disaster, war, or poverty.
Latter-day Saints (“Mormons”) believe that all men have a responsibility to nurture and care for one another. The gospel of Jesus Christ applies to all people everywhere, no matter what race or religion they are. If someone needs help, then the rest of us who are in a position to help are obligated to do so. We are “to love and care for each other, that we should visit the fatherless and the widow in their afflictions, and lift up those whose hands hang down and whose knees are feeble.”
LDS Charities strives to apply this admonition. They have sponsored relief and development projects in 167 countries. While charity in its purest sense is given when needed, all aid is based on the principles of personal responsibility, community support, self–reliance, and sustainability. In other words, LDS Charities’ main goal is to help people help themselves.
Aid is given in various ways: food, vocational rehabilitation, clothing, and employment and social services. While aid is given in times of natural disasters and war, a variety of ongoing community aid programs include: clean water, neonatal resuscitation training, vision care, wheelchairs, immunizations, food production, and other health care programs.
LDS Charities is able to run on mostly volunteer labor. It is funded by donations (both cash and in–kind materials) by generous people both in- and outside the LDS Church. LDS Charities has many programs which it operates independently, but also works in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments around the world when appropriate.
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