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Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 14 May 2014 pulls stories from its international Newsroom websites to show what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.

India: Wheelchairs, a Life-Changing Event

India Nepali Man in wheelchair 2014

Life has improved significantly for several people with disabilities in Nepal. Many more children may now go to school, and young adults can learn a trade and get a job; hope was restored due to the donation of wheelchairs by LDS Charities.

India Wheelchair parade 2014

Wheelchairs were custom fitted for each recipient’s body size and disability, making each wheelchair a personal gift.

Go to the India Mormon Newsroom website to read more about the wheelchair donation.

Philippines: Day of Service Celebrated
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were out in their communities throughout the Philippines on Saturday, 26 April 2014, cleaning and building homes and helping families with emergency preparedness.

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Over the last six years, more than 2 million hours of community service have been given by Mormon Helping Hands volunteers.

Watch a video showing the various completed projects on the Philippines Mormon Newsroom website.

Norway: Mormon Helping Hands Make Communities Sparkle
Hiking trails, a cemetery, beaches and riverbanks recently received attention from a small army of Norwegian Latter-day Saints. Trash was picked up from a number of locations and hauled away.

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The Mormon Helping Hands volunteers’ goal is to help the needy and support the communities in which they live.

Go to the Norway Mormon Newsroom website (Norwegian).

Belgium: Volunteers in the Familiar Yellow Vest

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Latter-day Saints and their neighbors worked together in April collecting toys, clothing and shoes (in bags) for needy children; and helping fix wheelchairs on Belgium’s day of service.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said they felt they were helping just as the Savior had shown by His example.

Read more about the Saints’ efforts on the Belgium Mormon Newsroom website (French).

Zimbabwe: School Children Sing and Dance Their Thanks for Water
Families using a local clinic and who send their children to school in the southern African town of Rusike, Zimbabwe, had reason to celebrate in April. LDS Charities completed boreholes and turned over ownership of the operation of drinking water to the town.

Zimbabwe Rusike School singers

In addition to the clean water for everyday use, the Church also provided a maize grinding mill, repaired the roof and painted the high school. The local community leaders, village chiefs and others gathered to thank the Church.

Go to the Zimbabwe Mormon Newsroom website.

United Kingdom: Missionary Choir Sings in Scottish Cathedral
The historic St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, was the setting for an Easter concert by Mormon missionaries with instrumental accompaniment.

The sounds of the harp, violin, cello, flute, trumpet and, of course, bagpipes were magical as they touched the hearts of the audience. The missionaries are serving in the Scotland/Ireland Mission for a period of 18 months to two years.

Read more about the program and the historic cathedral on the United Kingdom Mormon Newsroom website.

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