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Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | November 14 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.

Australia: Kiribati Volunteers Help Save Homes From Flooding
Mormon Helping Hands volunteers worked with residents of Kiribati (an island northeast of Australia) filling and hauling sandbags to save 100 homes from flooding.

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Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided the materials to help construct a causeway fortified by coral rocks and cement on one side with sandbags on the other side.

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Read more about the flood control efforts on the Australia Mormon Newsroom website.

Cambodia: Church Provides School Supplies to 500 School children
Pink and blue backpacks containing school supplies were given to more than 500 students in the Prey Veng Province in southern Cambodia. Teachers also received hygiene training kits and supplies to teach basic hygiene to their students.

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LDS Charities partnered with the ministry of religion as a result of a request from school teachers to have educational supplies for the students.

The Cambodia Mormon Newsroom website (Cambodian) provides additional information.

Pacific: Fijian School Receives Church-Donated Water Tanks
A drought-stricken area of Fiji has received two 10,000-liter water tanks from LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The donation will benefit 250 students and teachers and 800 members of a village in the Magodro District School in Viti Levu, the largest of the Fijian islands.

Go to the Pacific Mormon Newsroom website to read more about the donation.

Ghana: Wheelchair Initiative Benefits Lives in Ghana

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Several hundred people in Ghana will benefit from a recent donation of wheelchairs from LDS Charities.

More than 500 mobility-aiding devices, including 326 wheelchairs, will be used by the Ghana Health Service and other service organizations to help improve mobility, health and educational and economic opportunities for people with physical disabilities.

Read more about the success of the donation on the Ghana Mormon Newsroom website.

Spain: Blankets Sewed for the Needy
Relief Society women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made 110 blankets in October for the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, who will give the blankets to those in need.

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The women, members of one of the largest women’s organizations in the world, enthusiastically made the blankets to give away.

Read more about the project on the Spain Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish).

Panama: National Day of Service
More than 5,400 hours of service were given by 1,000 Latter-day Saints in Panama in October.

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The Mormon Helping Hands volunteers were celebrating Panama’s national day of service. In addition to the benefits the service provided for several communities, families worked together teaching their children the value of giving service.

Go to the Panama Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish) for additional information.

Zimbabwe: City Hall Gets Fresh Coat of Paint

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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated approximately 8,000 hours renovating the Harare City Council Town House in Zimbabwe’s capital city. Volunteers painted the building and fence and landscaped the property.

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One hundred fifty Mormon Helping Hands volunteers were involved in the project, which had the theme “Hand-in-Hand With Local Government.” City leaders expressed appreciation for the Church’s help.

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You can read more about the project and the participation of other partners on the Zimbabwe Mormon Newsroom website.

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