Church Aid Goes to 58 Countries in 2010

  • 9 March 2011

Organizing youth and adult service projects in response to the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile was one of many ways the Church provided emergency relief during 2010.

Article Highlights

  • The Church responded to 119 disaster in 58 countries, including:
  • Earthquakes in Chile and Haiti.
  • Flooding in China, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam.
  • Cholera outbreaks in Haiti and Papua New Guinea.

Known for its humanitarian aid during disasters and in response to hardship, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent 2010 taking action against poverty, disease, and natural disasters.

During 2010, Welfare Services Emergency Response and area offices throughout the world responded to 119 disasters in 58 countries, providing U.S. $15 million in emergency aid and organizing teams of volunteers to assist those affected.

Within hours of the devastating January earthquake in Haiti, Church representatives were assessing needs and delivering water, food, and supplies. Medical volunteers were also deployed to assist the thousands of injured. The Church continues to help stabilize life in Haiti through education, employment, and housing, regardless of whether those affected are LDS or not.

Flooding in Pakistan in August resulted in 2,000 deaths, and millions more were affected by the devastation. The Church assisted in relief efforts in conjunction with other international organizations. In Central and South America, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines, and even the U.S.—particularly Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri—the Church provided flood relief in the form of food, water, hygiene kits, blankets, clothing, cleaning kits, volunteers, and other relief.

Two major cholera outbreaks in Haiti and Papua New Guinea occurred during the last months of 2010. In response, the Church provided volunteer medical professionals, water purification systems, and educational materials, and also assembled and shipped a new cholera prevention and treatment kit to the affected areas.

Read a complete review of Church Welfare efforts during 2010 at newsroom.lds.org.