With tens of thousands of ill-prepared refugees fleeing war-torn Syria in search of peace and protection across the border in Jordan, LDS Charities has answered the Jordanian government’s call for help with more than $1 million in humanitarian aid already provided or in the works during the next few months.
A press release issued late Thursday indicated that LDS Charities, a non-governmental organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “has made a substantial commitment to support efforts by the Jordanian government and other charitable partners to provide relief to the thousands of Syrians displaced from their homeland.”
The humanitarian contribution to date has been $590,000 in supplies, with another $588,000 set to be spent during the coming months.
“LDS Charities has been a valued and trusted partner in assisting us to meet the needs of those coming in to Jordan seeking relief,” said Ayman R. Al-Mufleh, secretary general of the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization. “This is a strong and important partnership and we are grateful for it.”
Elder Bruce D. Porter of the LDS Church’s First Quorum of the Seventy was recently in Amman, meeting with several Jordanian government officials. “They were all moved by the commitment that LDS Charities has made to assist the Syrian refugees and graciously expressed their appreciation for the church’s contribution to this humanitarian cause,” Elder Porter said. “We are, of course, very happy to be part of these important relief efforts.”