The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Sends Help To Haiti

When I heard about the team of doctors The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was sending to Haiti, along with cargo shipments of food, water and hygene supplies, then this video, I thought to myself “why don’t we ever hear about the great help the LDS church gives in administering relief to the suffering around the world?  Do you ever hear the news talking about how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the first to respond to a natural disaster(if not first on the scene, they are pretty close)?

I remember hearing about the Latter Day Saints from all around the country, all from different congregations, spending days cutting down trees which had fallen on houses, repairing flood damaged homes and restoring hope to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  This all after the church headquarters had sent about 18 or so eighteen wheel truckloads of relief kits which were on their way before the hurricane had even hit yet.

Here are some links to The LDS Church’s response to the Haiti calamity:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Response to Haiti Earthquake

Church Sends Additional Aid to Haiti Earthquake Victims

Church Sending Team of Doctors to Assist in Haiti – News Release

Church Aid Continues to Arrive in Haiti – News Release

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Partners With Islamic Relief USA to Send Food and Medical Supplies to Haiti – News Release

Despite Challenges, Church Aid Reaching Needy; More Is on the Way – News Release


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Humanitarian Services

I found this on the church’s website regarding it’s disaster relief process:

  • 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.
  • 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 longer-term effort to meet serious and more entrenched human needs, such as the need to alleviate disease.
  • Within hours of a disaster, the Church works with local government officials to determine what supplies and food are needed. Materials are then immediately sent to the area.
  • After urgent needs are met, the Church looks for additional ways to help with the long-term needs of the community. The Church’s approach is to help people become self-reliant by teaching skills and providing resources for a self-sustained life.
  • Donations, principally from Church members but also from people around the world, are used to make relief projects possible. One hundred percent of the donations given to the Church’s humanitarian services are used for relief efforts. The Church absorbs its own overhead costs.
  • The humanitarian services arm of the Church sponsors five ongoing global projects to help people become more self-reliant. Initiatives include neonatal resuscitation training, clean water projects, wheelchair distribution, vision treatment and measles vaccinations.

I am grateful for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in their efforts to help those in need.  If you wish to learn more about the Church’s efforts, visit http://www.newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/

If you are wondering what you can do to help, you can donate to the Bush/Clinton Haiti fund found at the top of this blog on the right hand side.

God bless those suffering in Haiti.

Update:

Deseret News had this updated story of what is happening on the ground in Haiti:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — As the death toll from the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake soars from tens of thousands to possibly several hundred thousand, little glimmers of light and hope still have shone through in Port-au-Prince.

Two such stories were told Tuesday at the Central chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the church’s emergency-response team of volunteer doctors and nurses arrived to start assessing medical needs and treating the injured and ailing.

Among the first seen by the volunteers in one of the meetinghouse’s classrooms were Fabiola Beauvil and her 4-day-old baby, Klaira Eliska, both survivors of the 7.0-magnitude quake that left much of Haiti’s capital city and surrounding areas in shambles, hundreds of thousands homeless and many more suffering from hunger, thirst and injuries.

Speaking through an interpreter in her native Creole, Beauvil said she was inside her home when the evening tremors began and rushed outside without grabbing any belongings. She emerged unscathed, despite the roof collapsing around her while she ran out.

Others in the house were not as lucky. A number of other friends and family members weren’t able to escape, and their bodies remain entombed inside the home.

Outside and continuing to feel the tremors and aftershocks, Beauvil also felt labor coming on, with her water breaking. Three days later, her little girl was born.

Beauvil was inside the LDS Church’s Central chapel when the medical team arrived, sitting in the hallway and gently holding her newborn. She later was placed in a classroom, with Klaira wide awake and resting on a mattress, as doctors and nurses came to give both mother and daughter checkups to confirm all was well.

Beauvil is not a member of the LDS faith, and the 4,000 people congregating each day and into the night at the seven Port-au-Prince area chapels are comprised of both LDS Church members and nonmembers alike.

While the LDS medical team is comprised entirely of Mormon doctors, nurses and emotional-health specialists, they are treating and seeing anyone, regardless of church affiliation.

Soon after arrival, the volunteer staff started to look at the most seriously injured — one LDS woman was likely to lose a hand after debris from her home fell on her arm. Benjamin Louise Danixlla said she was putting herself in God’s hands, even if it meant losing one of her own.

A 9-year-old LDS boy also received prompt attention for his right leg, which was crushed in the quake.

Not only are the actual injuries of great concern, but the possibility of infection is also a worry.

Read there rest here.

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Author:Spencer Iacono

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