Monday, June 04, 2007

Carlton's log, Humanitarian Services Center, SLC

The Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Tulips at Thanksgiving Point.

Sister Udo, a volunteer full time missionary from Nigeria, at the Humanitarian Center of the LDS Church. She stands in front of a map showing the countries (in orange) that were given free aid and volunteers last year. (She also bore personal testimony of how the LDS HS has brought aide to her country.)

If you would like more information on the Humanitarian Services click on the link. I was AMAZED at all they can accomplish.

One such accomplishment is a product called ATMIT. Atmit is a nutritional porridge that is given to persons who are in the impossible condition of extreme famine. Once the body gets to a certain point it can no longer digest normal food. ATMIT is full of nutrients and proteins that can be easily digested by persons suffering from severe malnutrition and starvation. The Red Cross had a formula for a nutritional supplement, but it was in liquid form and would spoil if not used by a certain date. Just transporting the porridge would diminish the nutrient value and if it sat at all on docks or in "processing" it would be completely invalid/spoiled by the time it was finally delivered. The Red Cross went to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to find the solution. The church went to BYU and asked them to come up with a dry product that had shelf life. This was accomplished through LDS Humanitarian Services who paid for the research and development and got the final product to the needed within a short amount of time.

Now the formula for ATMIT is used freely and the product is made and given in times of need to anyone on the planet who needs it. It can go from Salt Lake City to any country in the world in a matter of five days. I again refer you to the map above where the dark orange is, many of these countries receive ATMIT on a regular basis, free of charge through the LDS HS.

Obviously they need donations. LDS people donate regularly through their "fast offerings" wherein people in the church fast for two meals each month and give the money they would have spent on those meals to the church, to use to care for the poor and needy.

PLEASE click on the links below to get more's very interesting and you may find a way that you can help. There are more ways to help than just money, although money helps too!

ADMIT in church magazine reports The Church reports to the church.

ADMIT in the news The world reporting on the Humanitarian Services.

Humanitarian Fact Sheet Just that, facts on what was sent, done and yada yada yada, interesting.

Current Projects Around the World What's being don right now? Find out here.

Quarterly (Magazine) Report online A magazine form (PDF) that you can see maps and figures etc. for the last quarter.

Current Needs...Ways you can help You'd be surprised at what you can do today! Don't have money to donate, no worries, there are plenty of other ways to help, and this site can direct you to all the info you'll need to get started (and finished!)

The BIG link page - Humanitarian Services This is the page that has it all; link after link to all kinds of information.

FAQ -get your answers here! A quick place to get answers to your questions.

post post: um, evidently I have no control over the order of the photos during posting and also where the text lands. Sorry folks, but I guess you'll figure it all out. ugh.

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s'mee said...
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Lisa M. said...

VERY neat post-

Beautiful pictures-

s'mee said...

thanks Lisa!