Faith-Based Organizations Partner to Support Children in Need

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The Parliament of the World’s Religions, ongoing in Toronto, hosted a UNICEF-moderated panel discussing the role of faith-based organizations working to help distressed children. Participants included Maurice Bloem of Church World Service, Dr. William Recant of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Sister Sharon Eubank of LDS Charities and first counsellor in the general Relief Society presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Anwar Khan of Islamic Relief USA and moderator Caryl Stern of UNICEF.

Each panellist represents organizations that trust one another as partners to relieve suffering and improve the well-being of children worldwide.

Sister Eubank, in speaking of their partnerships, said, “These long-standing partnerships help us get our supplies on the ground to those they can help the most. We look for local, sustainable effort so that the things we contribute result in lasting change based on the principles of self-reliance.”

Khan added, “I really love The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Kashmir, on the side of a mountain, I passed out blankets that [LDS Charities] gave me. The children even used the plastic wrap for a rain cover. The Church helped me to get it done.”

LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church, has been working with government ministries, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations to help millions of people worldwide since 1985.

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