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Painting a Methodist Church, Feeding the Hungry and Helping Abuse Survivors: Service from Latter-day Saints Around the World

Featuring stories from the Philippines, Hong Kong and elsewhere

Newsroom features stories from its dozens of websites around the world to show what members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are doing to serve their communities. Today, we feature news from the Philippines, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Philippines: Biothermal Boxes, Vaccination Cards and Funding Support Child Immunizations

The Philippines Newsroom (English) announced a donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of five units of biothermal packaging boxes and 50,000 vaccination cards to the Department of Health (DOH) in Tacloban City. At the handover on Tuesday, March 29, a representative of Latter-day Saint Charities, Norman Dolorfino, said that 10 million Philippine pesos (approx. USD$190,000) is also being set aside this year to help facilitate the government’s immunization plans.

The equipment and the funds will help the DOH reach its goal to give nearly 220,000 vaccines to children in 2022. “We need to strengthen our linkages and partnerships with stakeholders such as the Latter-day Saint Charities,” said Rodolfo Antonio Albornoz, DOH’s assistant regional director in Eastern Visayas. “Sharing [their] resources in support of our National Immunization Program will contribute to the eventual realization of our goal for a healthy Filipino child.”

Hong Kong: The Church of Jesus Christ, Foodlink and Others Overcome Unique Challenges to Deliver 2.5 Tons of Food

As the fifth wave of COVID-19 surged in Hong Kong, the Church of Jesus Christ donated more than 2.5 tons of food in coordination with Foodlink Foundation. The Hong Kong Newsroom (English) reports that enough food was provided on Friday, March 25, to supply 6,000 meals for the underprivileged.

“The donation does not only provide emergency food relief to desperate communities but also injects positive energy to support the needy for riding out these trying times,” said Aurea Yung, Foodlink head of operations.

COVID-19 has led to a shortage of drivers and canned food in Hong Kong. This forced the institutions to navigate unique challenges in order to complete the donation.

“Knowing how much the community needed help, our colleagues worked tirelessly to find food suppliers that had the stock and could arrange the delivery,” said Mickey Lui, the Church’s welfare and self-reliance manager over Asia. “We were able to make it happen because of [their] collective effort.”

The Church supplied noodles and canned goods, while Foodlink and other organizations contributed additional assets.

“Although these organizations came to us separately, together their synergized contribution made all the difference for the community,” Yung added.

After heavy rainfall and flooding, affected residents receive 600 bags (nearly nine tons) of food and water from the Church to Jaén, Peru, April 2022.2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Peru: Latter-day Saint Charities Send Nine Tons of Food to Victims of Flood

The Church delivered 600 bags of essential food items and water to the city of Jaén in the Cajamarca Region of Peru. The Peru Newsroom (Spanish) explains that the area has experienced heavy rainfall, flooding, landslides and loss of crops.

The delivery — nearly nine tons of food — was made on Friday, April 8. Local Church leader Richard Castro Mendoza and Welfare and Self-Reliance Services representative Johel Valdivia Manrique oversaw the delivery to Jaén mayor Jose Francisco Delgado Rivera. The additional resources will be distributed to the elderly and disabled.

Argentina: Comforts of Home Given to Survivors of Abuse

In mid-March, the Church of Jesus Christ gave home appliances and basic furniture pieces to the Mother of Lourdes Home for Women and Children in Villa Soldati, Buenos Aires, Argentina. This shelter for survivors of abuse is operated by the Catholic Church. It offers resources to learn marketable skills and support to seek safer living arrangements. Gifted items included an industrial pizza oven and sink, dining tables, chairs and several washing machines.

To learn more about this contribution, visit the Argentina Newsroom (Spanish).

Guam: High School Students Receive New Laptops and Sewing Machines

Students at Chuuk High School in Guam have renewed enthusiasm for their studies after receiving new laptops, sewing machines and sports equipment from the Church in early April.

Funding for the school had taken a hit because of COVID-19 border closures in the Federated States of Micronesia. But Principal Jason Reiong found a way to support his students. Read more about his united efforts with the Church’s Welfare and Self-Reliance Department on the Guam Newsroom (English).

Fiji: Latter-day Saints Uplift Village by Painting Local Methodist Church

In March, the Josaia Methodist Church received a helping hand from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others. Some 60 teens and young adults painted the sacred building’s interior walls. According to the Pacific Newsroom (English), about 200 people worship there in the village of Lomanikoro, Fiji.

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