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SALT LAKE CITY — A U.S. Navy-sponsored project that provided aid to abandoned children in Cambodia wrapped up this month.
As part of the effort, called Pacific Partnership 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated medical supplies and hygiene, injury and school kits to the Cambodia Children's Fund Rescue Center, which is located near a garbage dump in Phnom Penh. Many children live and have grown up there, according to a blog at Mormon Newsroom.
"These supplies are badly needed by these children to help educate, lift, and help them establish a footing for their future lives," said the president of the church's Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission, who was on hand for a donation ceremony this month.
"We're happy to be here, to be able to partner with the Cambodian Children's Fund, and with the U.S. Navy ship Mercy, which is here doing fabulous work," he said.
Also as part of the project, Latter-day Saint Charities provided 96 volunteer doctors, nurses, dental specialists and medical technicians to Mercy's mission. They donated their time and skills to help people who don't usually have access to medical care.
This is the fourth year that the church has been involved with the Pacific Partnership project. The project, now in its seventh year, is the largest annual humanitarian civic assistance mission in the Asia-Pacific region.