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Newsroom features stories from its dozens of websites around the world to show what members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are doing to serve their communities. Today, we feature news from French Polynesia, Uganda and Guam.

Guam: Jungle Village Receives the Gift of Clean Water

Residents of Mechitiw, Guam, a village community in the north jungle of Chuuk, were gifted more reliable access to clean water on November 11, 2022. Fourteen water tanks were delivered by representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to Guam Newsroom (English), “The tanks will be installed by the community and will be filled with water for the first time as part of the project. Where possible, there will be rain gutters installed to catch rainwater as well.”

The village does not have access to city water. They have traditionally used a water catchment system to utilize rainwater, but during the dryer summer months or other times of drought, they have had to request and pay for water delivery for individual households from the local water company. The new tanks hold more water and have been placed strategically throughout the community.

French Polynesia: Improving Emergency Preparedness with New Rescue Equipment and Training

At the end of October, the Church of Jesus Christ joined forces with the Polynesian Federation of Civil Protection (FPPC) to improve emergency preparedness across the islands. The FPPC works with local agencies to provide emergency response support when needed. The Church recently donated specialized rescue equipment to the FPPC that will allow rescuers to receive additional water rescue training.

In addition, some local Latter-day Saints have been selected to receive first responder training through FPPC and join the group of volunteer rescuers. Manea Tuahu, a church welfare and self-reliance manager in the area, told Pacific Newsroom, “Church leaders have repeatedly invited us to be prepared. We are happy to do so by working hand in hand with organizations in the community, such as the FPPC, to help relieve distress and go to the rescue of our friends and neighbors when the time comes.”

Uganda: Funding and Equipment Support Creation of New Maternity Ward

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