National Church leaders, Elder Clifford T Herbertson and Rowland and Barbara Elvidge, met with key leaders of Muslim Aid, an international relief and development organisation at their international headquarters in London. They were given a warm welcome and a tour which included being shown the extensive network of this, the second largest Islamic relief organisation in the world. Muslim Aid has an extensive network providing much needed food, shelter and healthcare in those areas of the world where there is devastation, drought and disasters.
During the past three years LDS Charities, established by the Church in 1996 to enhance Church involvement in relief and development activities throughout the world, has provided assistance valued at over $6.6 million US dollars (£4.2 million British Pounds) with Islamic partner organisations to 14 countries. The projects include emergency relief in response to drought, earthquakes, fires, flooding, displacement and mudslides. Wheelchairs have been distributed with training along with assistance for hospitals, orphanages and soup kitchens.
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Humanitarian aid has also sponsored literacy projects for entrepreneurs in many of these countries and It is anticipated that this visit will lead to a developing close relationship in the future.
For more information see www.ldscharities.org
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M.Walayat Khokhar, Manager, Hamid Azad, Assistant CEO, Elder Clifford Herbertson, Church Area Seventy and Rowland & Barbara Elvidge, UK Public Affairs Directors.