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Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 23 September

MormonNewsroom.org features stories from its international Newsroom websites to share 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.

Colombia: Wheelchairs Are Life-Changers

Colombia wheelchairs 2014

Residents in five Colombian communities received a donation of 50 wheelchairs from the Church in September. Delivery of the wheelchairs also came with training on how to use and maintain them.

The local governments of Ibague and Cundinamarca worked with the Church in coordinating the much-appreciated wheelchairs delivery.

The dreams of one young man were fulfilled with his new wheelchair. Read more about it on the Colombia Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish).

Australia: Mormon Teens Bring Food and Warmth to Canberra Homeless

Australia Canberra Youth

Mormon youth in Canberra, Australia, recently gathered together to make freezer meals and tie fleece blankets for the homeless in their community.

The teens cooked up enough Italian vegetable soup and Bolognese sauce to feed about 200 people. The food was frozen, packed and delivered to the Red Cross Road House for future use by families who are experiencing hardships. The youth also cut and tied 18 fleece blankets, which were donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society to help some of the community’s homeless stay warm.

Learn more about the service event on the Australia Mormon Newsroom website.

Australia: Mormon Teens Serve Sydney Homeless

Australia Kwok Helping Hands cropped

Youth from Bankstown, Australia, volunteered to spend part of their weekend visiting and serving the homeless in downtown Sydney. The youth and their leaders visited areas of Wolloomooloo, where they distributed food, clothing and blankets to those in need.

Australia Kwok Helping Hands fruit cropped

The teens were so touched by interacting with people who had so little in terms of material possessions that many of the teens volunteered to give away their own scarves, beanies and snacks.

Read more on the Australia Mormon Newsroom website.

Chile: Church Welfare Services Donates Eye Scanner
An advanced digital eye scanner has been donated by Welfare Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help the many thousands of people in need.

Chile eye sight

The Reference Center for Health Salvador Allende Gossens of Pudahuel, Chile, received the new equipment, which will serve more than 300,000 patients. The scanner will provide better and faster attention to the visually impaired.

Read more about the scanner on the Chile Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish).

Albania: Albania First Lady Discusses Humanitarian Projects With Church Leaders

Primary Children with First Lady

Albania’s first lady, Odeta Nishani, discussed ideas for humanitarian efforts in her country with local Latter-day Saint leaders. The leaders gave her a book highlighting the Church’s ongoing humanitarian projects throughout Albania.

Mrs. Nishani receives Albanian humanitarian book from Elder Kearon

In addition to talking about humanitarian possibilities, the leaders shared information with the first lady about the various programs and values in the Church from which all families may benefit.

Go to the UK Mormon Newsroom website for more information on her visit and her interaction with Albanian Latter-day Saints.

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