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Mekedonia Home Receives Help from LDS Charities

Mekedonia Home for the Elderly and Mentally Disabled in Ethiopia's capital, Addisababa, has been a beneficiary of generous donations by the LDS charities, an arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The facility consisting of three compounds houses a total of nearly 700 patients.  Many of the patients from the Mekedonia Home are incontinent so maintaining clean dry bedding is always an issue. When Clyde Moses, Director of Latter-day Saint Charities, and his wife Dolores toured the facility, they saw the need to assist in supplying bedding. Nearly 300 washable blankets have been donated, in addition to 220 sheet sets and 230 mattresses.

The Mekedonia Home Facility Director, Manio Taddesse, commented that this donation will make a huge difference to the patients and care gives.  She told them through an interpreter, “You won’t get your prize here, but you will get your prize in heaven.”

“There is a large bulletin board near the front door of one of the units that shows the “before and after pictures” of several of the patients.  Most of the patients were homeless and living in the streets because they had no family to care for them.  Others were at home but their family could not meet their needs.  Many had mobility problems and could not care for themselves.  Because of the kindness and care shown to them at this center, they are now feeling better, thriving, and contributing to society. 

One such patient now translates English literature into the Amharic language so others can have something to read.

Latter-day Saint Charities is funded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been active in Ethiopia for several years.  Clyde and Dolores Moses, from Parma, Idaho, have been serving in Ethiopia since November 2013.  Temesgen Chewaka, Administrative Assistant for Latter-day Saint Charities, is involved in most of their projects.   The couple says that “Chewy” is “passionate about humanitarian work.” So is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who freely gives to those in need all over the world.

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