Scientology And Me

February 25, 2009

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Provide Disaster Relief During Melbourne Fires

Press release

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Melbourne, Australia Aided Firefighters and Provided Emergency Relief to Victims of Raging Wildfires That Took an Estimated 200 Lives

Scientology Volunteer Ministers, a grassroots community service organization, which provides on-site relief for emergencies and natural disasters, rushed to help overtaxed firefighters, police and emergency workers when bushfires broke out in the area around Kinglake and Whittlesea in Victoria, Australia on February 7, 2009.
The fires killed at least 200 and destroyed more than 1,800 homes. Some 5,000 people, many of whom are now homeless, were evacuated. The fire also laid waste to 400,000 hectares (988,000 acres) of forests, farms and country towns.
A team of 20 Scientology Volunteer Ministers took on whatever job was needed, providing help to over 3,000 people. Among the Scientology Volunteer Ministers were two chefs who took over running the kitchen that fed some 2,000 people each day. Volunteers organized and ran the frozen and refrigerated food area, handing out drinks and organizing the distribution of donated clothes.
The group also demolished smoldering homes, rebuilt damaged houses and established a “Scientology Volunteers Resource Centre,” where team members ensured the Red Cross and other disaster relief agencies on the ground had the supplies they needed to carry on their work.
One of the most important and unique services Volunteer Ministers provided was Scientology assists to help firemen cope with the devastation and grueling conditions they had to confront. These assists are simple procedures developed by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion, that help people overcome the emotional and spiritual side of trauma so they can recover fully from injury, stress or shock.
For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program or to enroll in free online courses or schedule a seminar visit their web site at www.volunteerministers.org.

West Africa: Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour in Republic of Benin

Press release

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers, a community service organization specializing in disaster relief and emergency response, has moved from Togo to the Republic of Benin during its West Africa Goodwill Tour to address the country’s alarming poverty issues and illiteracy rates.

A grassroots organization called the Scientology Volunteer Ministers West Africa Goodwill Tour, is in Contonou in the Republic of Benin. Having completed their tour in Togo. , the Volunteer Ministers are offering courses, seminars and one-on-one help to improve conditions in this country.

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Benin ranks among the worst 20 nations in the world in United Nations Human Development Index, which rates countries by life expectancy, literacy, education and economic factors. According to the CIA World Factbook, fewer than 35 percent of those over the age of 15 in Benin can read and write. On March 5, 2008, a study released jointly by the Ministry of Family and Children of Benin and the United Nations showed that in 2006 alone, more than 40,000 six to seventeen-year-old children were trafficked into slavery in the country.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tours go to remote areas and deal directly with individuals, nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and police and fire departments to deliver effective solutions to the community. Volunteer Ministers also train people with courses, workshops and seminars based on the Scientology Handbook. The book, a compilation of the works of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, provides technology for improving communication and relationships, learning how to learn, coping with job stress and overcoming drug addiction.

Moreover, it covers such essential subjects as ethics, how to resolve conflicts and the basics of organization. By training others in how to use this technology and through one-on-one help to anyone who comes to their big yellow tent, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers not only make an immediate impact on the lives of those in the towns and cities they visit, but also establish groups that carry on their work after they move on.

“Thanks to this training I will be able to help people who have difficulties in life,” said one person on completing a course at the Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent. “I am now capable of studying any subject efficiently and helping others succeed in their studies,” said a student who finished a course in study technology. After completing two courses, another student came back to tell the volunteers that his boss wanted to know what had happened to him because he was handling problems at work so much better than before.

There are Scientology Volunteer Goodwill Tours in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Siberia, Asia, the South Pacific and the Australia Outback.

For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program, or to take a free course online or book a seminar visit the web site at www.volunteerministers.org.

February 21, 2009

Church of Scientology: Human Rights Celebrated in South Africa

Marking the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Church of Scientology of South Africa teamed up with the national chapter of Youth for Human Rights International to raise awareness of human rights and secure commitments from community leaders to make 2009 a better human rights year for all South Africans.

Youth for Human Rights (YHR) gave a presentation to teachers representing 14 schools in the Durban township of Kwa Mashu, one of the oldest black urban settlements in the region, with a population of 1.5 million and an estimated 80% unemployment rate among youth.

Prior to the presentation the teachers were asked what are the greatest problems they face in their classrooms. The answers were peer pressure, bullying, violence and crime, with the underlying problem of lack of self-esteem and opportunity for many otherwise bright students.

The teachers’ response was very positive after viewing YHR’s (Youth for Human Rights) powerful audio-visual Public Service Announcements that bring to life all 30 rights of the Universal Declaration. Accompanying illustrated booklets of these rights were distributed to the teachers and YHR’s volunteer team was invited back to give presentations to all teachers of the 24 schools in the township. The teachers further committed to work with YHR and see that human rights education is delivered to all their students throughout 2009.

In Johannesburg a forum was held at the Civic Center attended by 50 youth representing the various regions of the city. The President of the Church of Scientology of Johannesburg opened the event, followed by a speaker from the Department of Youth & Development, an agency of the city’s Social Services, who spoke about the importance of human rights education and the need for youth to take on activist roles to raise awareness of human rights. The second speaker was the head of the Soweto chapter of YHR. He outlined the activities of YHR throughout the year and the plans for 2009, pointing out that widespread teaching of human rights can combat rampant rights violations depressing every sector of the society.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and proclaimed on December 10, 1948, by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all member countries to publicize the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”

February 13, 2009

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Speaker comes ready to explain, defend Scientology

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