LOS ANGELES, Oct. 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 disaster.
While the first phase of response is search and rescue and the
provision of urgently needed housing and supplies, the emotional
toll of disasters is also recognized as a vital concern.
With victims overwhelmed by the loss of loved ones or
possessions 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 skill to help a person rapidly recover from
loss can save lives.
For the past two decades, Scientology Volunteer Ministers
Goodwill Tours have provided training to police, military
organizations and other first responders, complementing their
ability to provide care to victims. These courses have been made
available free of charge in 18 languages through the Scientology
Proven in countless disasters since the program was launched in
1976, the skills of the Volunteer Minister have helped thousands of
people under the worst possible conditions. An example of the
effectiveness of Volunteer Minister training is documented in an
episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology
Over the past year, South African Volunteer Ministers have
trained provincial and local government departments along with
educators, religious leaders and community organizations in these
vital skills, as shown in a video on an interactive timeline
on the Scientology website.
The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers
program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s
by Scientology Founder L. Ron
A Volunteer Minister's mandate is to be "a person who helps his
fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring truth and spiritual
values to the lives of others." Their creed: "A Volunteer Minister
does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of
existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help
others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as
Their motto is, no matter the circumstances,
"Something can be done about it."
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SOURCE Church of Scientology International