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Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites August 19, 2015 features stories from its international Newsroom websites to share 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.

El Salvador: Religious Differences and Celebrating Common Humanity

In the spirit of interfaith relations, leaders and missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Salvador, El Salvador, hosted eight leaders from other religions to provide better understanding about the Church.

The interfaith group is called Religions for Peace. The group’s focus is to be inclusive to religions nationwide.

Go to the El Salvador Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish) for more information.

India: Curtains for Deaf School Made by Mormon Women

Residents of a local school for the deaf in New Delhi, India, are grateful for curtains sewn by 70 women of the Church’s Relief Society.

The women made 48 curtains to be hung in the rooms of students in the Multi-Purpose Training Center for the Deaf. This particular service was part of a larger project where young Latter-day Saints will clean and paint the school.

Read more about the service project on the India Mormon Newsroom website.

Colombia: Food Collected for Homeless Children

Latter-day Saints and residents in parts of Bogotá worked together to collect food for the Hogar San Mauricio Foundation.

The foundation has been offering support and shelter to homeless children, ages two months to 20 years old, for more than 25 years. While living in the facility, children learn skills to help them become self-sufficient.

Read more about the volunteer efforts on the Colombia Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish).

Australia: Blankets Collected for Homeless
In February of 2015, Maribelle Pokonia, a Latter-day Saint woman, began a New Year’s resolution to collect blankets for Sydney’s homeless population.

The Red Cross provided the first 20 blankets; six weeks later she had collected 150 blankets from a few Australian cities.

Go to the Australia Mormon Newsroom website and watch a video that was created about Maribelle’s efforts.

Canada: Latter-day Saints Volunteer at Toronto Pan Am Games

Mormons stepped up to help at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games in July. Volunteers completed various assignments, from hosting and ushering to helping participants find specific venues.

One Latter-day Saint volunteer served a mission to Brazil. As a result of learning Portuguese, he was able to communicate with the Brazilian athletes and assisted them during the more than two-week games.

Read about some of the experiences the volunteers had on the Canada Mormon Newsroom website.

Honduras: Latter-day Saints Participate in Blood Donation
Honduran Latter-day Saints, long-time supporters of regular blood drives, participated in July’s service activity that will benefit the Red Cross and the Escuela Hospital in Tegucigalpa.

A total of 181 pints of blood were collected from approximately 180 people, adding to the more than 1,200 pints Latter-day Saints have given in the last five years. (181 pints of blood can save the lives of more than 540 people, according to the American Red Cross.)

Go to the Honduras Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish) to learn more about the activity.

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