Mormon priorities “correspond with U.N. priorities” noted Ahmad Corbitt, senior manager of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last week at the United Nations. For starters these include violence against women, maternal mortality, environmental stewardship, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
The series highlights UN partners among a wide range of non-governmental organizations to further the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), even as the goals are undergoing debate on a post-2015 framework. One of those NGOs–LDS Charities, sponsored by the Mormon Church–provided $84M in total assistance to individuals in 130 countries last year according to Sharon Eubank, director of this ECOSOC-accredited group at the UN.
“We work with lots and lots of partners,” said Eubank. She mentioned organizations such as Rotary International, Islamic Relief, Catholic Relief Services, World Health Organization, U.N. High Commission for Refugees and others.
Eubank reported that in 2013 LDS Charities provided $84 million in total assistance to individuals in 130 countries. “Faiths and religions are central to achieving common goals and transformational change,” said Eubank.
Initiatives of LDS Charities in 2013 include clean water (560,000 people in 37 countries), neonatal resuscitation (28,000 people in 37 countries), vision care (89,000 people in 34 countries), wheelchair distribution (66,000 people in 55 countries), family gardens (35,000 people in 20 countries), immunizations (18 projects in 12 countries) and emergency response (103 projects in 54 countries).
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