The Church of Scientology International shares a program used around the world to help communities following natural and man-made disasters.
ANGELS, October 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction October 13, The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction emphasizes that proactive measures and protection can reduce the effects of disasters.
While the first phase of response is search and rescue and the provision of emergency housing and supplies, the emotional toll of disasters is also recognized as a vital concern.
With victims burdened with the loss of loved ones or property and the threat of an uncertain future, their state of mind can be the deciding factor in their survival and that of their families. Having the skills to help a person recover quickly from a loss can save lives.
Over the past two decades, Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tours has provided training to police, military organizations and other first responders, complementing their ability to provide victim care. These courses are available free of charge in 18 languages through the Scientology website.
Proven in countless disasters since the program’s inception in 1976, the skills of the Volunteer Minister have helped thousands of people in the worst possible conditions. An example of the effectiveness of training volunteer ministers is documented in an episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network.
Over the past year, South African Volunteer Ministers have trained provincial and local government departments as well as educators, religious leaders and community organizations in these vital skills, as shown in a video on an interactive timeline on the Scientology website.
The mandate of a volunteer minister is to be “a person who voluntarily helps his fellow men by restoring truth and spiritual values in the lives of others”. Their credo: “A voluntary minister does not close his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to deal with these things and help others derive relief and new personal strength from them.
Their motto is, whatever the circumstances, “Something can be done about it. “
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SOURCE Church of Scientology International