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Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | May 9

Mormonnewsroom.org pulls stories from the international Newsroom websites to show what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.

Swaziland: Missionaries Brighten Up African Orphanage
swazi missionaries1Missionaries get right to the job of freshening up the facility for the children.

Mormon missionaries serving in Swaziland in south Africa put a fresh coat of paint on a local orphanage.

Swazi missionaries2Some of more than 70,000 children left orphaned from HIV/AIDS.

The Lobamba Neighborhood Care Point is one of several facilities caring for more than 70,000 children who have been orphaned from HIV/AIDS. Neighborhood Care Points have been established in Swaziland where children may come together and receive care and support, a meal for the day and some form of education. The Neighborhood Care Points are operated and funded by volunteers.

Swazi missionaries3The missionaries nearing completion of the painting.

Check out the South Africa Mormon Newsroom website to see how the missionaries helped and the enthusiastic response they were given by the children.

Pacific: Latter-day Saints Assist in Vanuatu
Vanuatu Tisman3Mormons and other volunteers prepare to carry sacks of flour and rice across a river to the village of Tisman, Vanuatu. Heavy rain in April 2013 destroyed all of the Tisman villagers' crops.

Heavy rainfall for three weeks in April destroyed residents’ crops in the remote Vanuatu village of Tisman (about 1,000 miles east of northern Australia). “Everything I have tried to harvest is rotten,” one villager said.

Vanuatu Tisman1Mormons and other volunteers carry food to Tisman village, Vanuatu, after heavy rain destroyed the village's crops in April 2013.

Responding to the need for assistance, Mormon Helping Hands volunteers and others carried food to the people, traversing a river to do it.

Read more about how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is helping the Vanuatu villagers on the Pacific Mormon Newsroom website. The Daily Post covered the story.

Canada: Mormon Helping Hands Sandbag River in Saskatchewan
Canada flooding3Several communities in Saskatchewan have declared a state of emergency due to rising flood waters.

Record winter snowfalls in Saskatchewan are raising the risk of flooding in the town of Radisson as well as other communities.

Canada flooding1Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints work to fight rising flood waters in the town of Radisson, Saskatchewan.

Members and missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are helping to sandbag potential flood areas to protect homes, businesses and other vital community facilities from rising flood waters.

Go to the Canada Mormon Newsroom website to read more about how local Church leaders are working with community leaders to help plan for additional assistance including cleanup after the flood danger has passed.

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