News Release

LDS Charities Fills Need at Stairway To Hope 

D&C 44:6 I say unto you, visit the poor and the needy and administer to their relief,

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ on a daily basis. One of those teachings is doing just what the Savior did when He was on the earth, and that was to help people in need. After being identified by a Humanitarian Missionary couple, LDS Charities stepped in to fulfill an essential need for many students at Stairway to Hope School in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Stairway to Hope began in 2013 when Marilou Salgatar-Chin and a volunteer teacher, gathered 40 undocumented Filipino students in an outdoor classroom to start them on a journey of life-long learning. Today more than 250 children are being educated in a refurbished Learning Center just a few powerful steps from the schools origin. Since those humble beginnings, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided assistance in the form of desks, chairs, learning materials, fans, and a sound system.

On September 15, LDS Charities provided resources and equipment to open a new computer lab to provide training and skills for high school age students to prepare them for the work place they hope to enter.

"We are blessed to work with such good people at the LDS Church. Your contribution is great and we know it comes from your heart. " said Director Marilou Chin, at the computer lab opening event. "When you see good people of all faiths working together for a good cause, teaching and uniting for the benefit of others, it is very fulfilling. True service comes from the heart and the LDS hearts are very big."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides relief and development projects for humanitarian purposes in countries all over the world. Projects operate without regard to nationality or religion of the recipients. After urgent needs are met, the Church looks for additional ways to help with the long-term needs of the community. The approach is to help people become self-reliant by teaching skills and providing resources for a self-sustained life.

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