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Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, February 28, 2020

Newsroom features stories from its more than 80 international Newsroom websites as well as from those in the United States to share what members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are doing to better serve their communities throughout the world

Australia: Latter-day Saints in Adelaide Help Restore Fire-Devastated Areas
The bushfires that ravaged Australia during the summer have been tragic and devastating, with extensive property damage and loss of life to not only humans, but also to animals.


Members of the Church in Adelaide have helped provide relief to many people. They have forgotten themselves to serve many others in need.


Go to the Australia Newsroom website for the full story.

Puerto Rico: Cleanup Continues Through Earthquake Tremors
Citizens of Puerto Rico continue to clean up after January’s powerful earthquake and during the ongoing tremors. The last one hit the island near the end of February.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been distributing hygiene kits, food, water, bedspreads, cots, sleeping bags and tents, and the Church’s Department of Family Services is providing mental health aid.


Read some comments from Church leaders on the Puerto Rico Newsroom website (Spanish).

Colombia: Church Donates Tons of Humanitarian Aid
More than 12 tons of humanitarian aid have been donated by the Church to the municipality of López de Micay, in Cauca, following serious flooding. The donation is helping to alleviate the impacts of flooding for thousands of people after continuous rain caused San Juan de Micay River to overflow.


Aid has included 600 mats, 400 grooming kits and 400 hygiene kits for adults and children, as well as nonperishable food, blankets, sheets and other essential items.


The Colombia Newsroom (Spanish) website has additional information.

Dominican Republic: Freshwater Donation Made to School
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided 15 drinking fountains with fresh water to the Prof. Jacoba Carpio School in the Urbanization Italy of Santo Domingo Este. Two computers and a printer were also donated, which will benefit the 800 students, 45 teachers and administrative staff.


Two students from the school thanked the Church on behalf of the entire educational community. “We are grateful to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for donating these drinking fountains so that there is no lack of water,” both students said.


Go to the Dominican Republic Newsroom (Spanish) website to read how the donations were made.

Cambodia: Church Donates Generator to Hospital
The Pea Reang Referral Hospital in the Prey Veng Province of Cambodia has received a donation from the Church of an essential item: a new generator, powerful enough to run the entire hospital if needed.


The new generator provides five times the power output of the previous generator. It has already proven valuable. Shortly after it was installed, the area power went off. Within seconds, the generator automatically started and provided emergency power to the hospital, which continued operation without interruption.


Read more about the donation on the Cambodia Newsroom website.

Pacific: Latter-day Saints Lend a Hand to Methodist Neighbors in Fiji
Latter-day Saints in Tamavua, Fiji, spruced up their Methodist neighbors’ place of worship last week.


The event was part of February’s “Come and Help” service initiative across the South Pacific.


Go to the Pacific Newsroom website for details.

USA: Flood Relief Efforts Underway in Pacific Northwest
February winter storms across northern Oregon and southern Washington have brought devastating flooding to the Walla Walla Valley, destroying homes and property; washing away roads, bridges and cars and closing highways. Members of the Walla Walla Washington Stake (similar to a diocese) have mobilized to provide flood relief service in their communities.


Volunteers came from neighboring stakes and included ranchers, farmers and contractors with bulldozers, trailers, excavators and dump trucks. Full-time missionaries have assisted with mucking out homes and buildings and staffing a call center set up through the county. Youth picked up shovels early in the morning and energetically worked all day long. Others have donated funds for equipment fuel at a cost of $1,000 per day.


Additional details on relief efforts are available on the Newsroom website.

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