Aiding the World: U.N. Event to Feature LDS Charities' Leader as Speaker
March 7, 2013
In Lima, Peru, a representative with the Johannes Gutenberg Cultural Association passes out mugs of oatmeal to impoverished children as part of the Church's humanitarian program's effort to provide more than 11,000 children a hot breakfast each weekday. The Church provides assistance to the association with donations of food, missionary service and professional expertise. Photo Credit: Jason Swenson, Deseret News
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NEW YORK CITY — After decades of helping the poor and needy, LDS Charities will take its place today at an international table with other major humanitarian organizations, and its representatives will talk about the work The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing to improve the lives of women.
The discussion will be led by Sharon Eubank, the first woman to serve as executive director of LDS Charities.
The LDS Church is hosting a United Nations side event as part of the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women. Featured speakers will include Eubank; Charles T. Ntwaagae, Botswana's ambassador to the United Nations; Anna Thompson-Quaye, deputy director of the GAVI Alliance, a Geneva-based agency that provides vaccines to children in poor countries; and Dennis C. and Nancy C. Hughes, LDS humanitarian medical trainers.
This important community initiative occurs prior to each Easter and Thanksgiving. Since its inception in 2008, the interfaith coalition has distributed nearly 45,000 meals. This year's Thanksgiving event involves 15 congregations of various faiths and a few other organizations. They join together to feed those who can't feed themselves and offer comfort in a time of need.
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