Not only is emergency preparedness on our minds, but the Church is also very humanitarian-minded as demonstrated by the aid sent to its members affected by food and water shortages in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
News Release — 3 October 2014
Church Aids Latter-day Saints Affected by Ebola Outbreak
SIERRA LEONE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through its humanitarian arm, LDS Charities, sent food and other emergency supplies to more than 1,500 Latter-day Saint families in Sierra Leone during a recent state of emergency – necessitated by the Ebola-virus outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 500 citizens, including two members of the Church.
LDS Charities provided rice, cooking oil, hygiene supplies and chlorine to families in Freetown, Kissy, Lungi, Kossoh Town, Makeni, Bo and Kenema. The supplies arrived during a government-mandated, 19-21-September lock down, during which families were required to stay at home and asked to reflect and pray.
The 60-90-day state of public emergency was declared in August to help the government tackle the outbreak. Despite efforts to contain the virus, it continued to spread, prompting the three-day "stay-at-home" – referred to as “ose to ose Ebola talk” – during which volunteers educated communities and conducted routine checks for possible symptoms.