Scientology in Western Africa: Three Years of the Maliane Association
French Scientologists Claude and Catherine Remise bring Scientology and Dianetics to the villages of Mali.
“We love our work,” said Catherine. “Wherever we go, we involve the entire community. We meet with the local chief, the mayor, community leaders and women’s groups, we find out what they see as the primary problems in their town or village and we provide services to fill those needs.”
For the second year in a row, Catherine and Claude were joined late last year by two other French Scientologists, Laurence Rolland and Sébastien Vallois, who spent the month of November providing Dianetics workshops, seminars and counseling in Bamako, the capital and largest city of Mali, and Bougouni, a village 170 km to the south. Dianetics is a spiritual healing technology that can help alleviate such ailments as unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses (illness caused or aggravated by mental stress). In the Dianetics seminar, attendees immediately began to apply these techniques to one another.
As children comprise nearly half the population of Mali, the Maliane Association concentrates largely on youth programs. Describing the children as “full of vitality, joy, humor and insouciance,” Claude and Catherine are committed to helping them to live better lives, with seminars and courses in communication, Study Technology and moral values, based on the works of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.