News Release

LDS Charities, Humanitarian Groups Repair Yolanda-damaged Mortuary

LDS Charities (LDSC) in cooperation with the World Health Organization, the Government of Canada, the People of Japan, and the International Labour Organization renovated and refurbished the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) Mortuary.


Dr. Aileen Espina, EVRMC Officer in Charge, expressed appreciation to LDSC for doing another project for EVRMC after completing the Emergency Trauma Operating Center and Outpatient Department Operating Room in 2014.

The inauguration and turnover ceremony of the mortuary renovation project on February 6 highlighted the EVRMC’s desire to offer quality services and the valued support from contributing humanitarian organizations. DOH Asec. Paulyn Rossell Ubial led the ribbon cutting assisted by project donors and partners.

Dr. Espina presented LDSC a certificate of appreciation "in recognition of your invaluable contribution and assistance to EVRMC with the repair of the Mortuary, thus, helping the center to progressively overcome the devastation brought about by Typhoon Haiyan and Hagupit.  Your Support will enable EVRMC to fulfill its efforts to Build Back Better."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated a total of $4.5 million in the past year to Yolanda efforts in the form of relief goods, shelters, computers and textbooks to public schools, hospital projects and many more.  Funding comes from the Church’s fast offerings which are gathered monthly from faithful Church members world-wide who fast for two meals and donate the money from those meals. 

Portions of the funds are used to bless the poor and needy worldwide in any of the initiatives under the humanitarian department, namely emergency response, clean water, wheelchairs, neonatal resuscitation training, vision care, immunizations, and food production.


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