Humanitarian Service
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides relief and development projects for humanitarian purposes in countries all over the world. Projects operate without regard to the nationality or religion of the recipients. The primary purpose of Humanitarian Service is to relieve suffering, to foster self-reliance, and to provide opportunities for service
Humanitarian service may include emergency response to natural disasters, such as an earthquake or a tsunami, or man-made disasters, such as the effects of war and famine. It may also be part of a long-term effort to meet serious and more entrenched human needs, such as the need to alleviate disease.
Humanitarian plans are focused on projects that have the highest probability for promoting self-reliance.
We currently have 5 major initiatives:
Clean Water
A recent project in Nueva Vizcaya was completed where spring water in the mountains are piped into the community making clean water more readily available to a community with a population of 1,022. A similar project is also being started in Iraya, Buhi, Camarines Sur which will benefit 3,000 people whose main water supply is contaminated.
Neonatal Resuscitation Training
Training was conducted early this year for 550 midwives and 20 doctors who will in turn train others.
The Church donated 2000 wheelchairs through the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) which will handle the distribution.
Vision Care
In partnership with Mabuhay Deseret Foundation, specialized surgeries such as fixing cross-eye, harelip, clubfoot, etc. are given for free by volunteer doctors to those who qualify.
Benson Institute Food Production
Helps families improve their nutrition and income through improved crop and animal production techniques and nutritional training.
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