NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE •
International Day of Friendship was created to inspire peace and bridge-building. The Church of Scientology Nashville brought together a diverse group to dialogue for the occasion.
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA •
The Church of Scientology Pasadena brings its Volunteer Ministers program to the steps of City Hall. Perhaps best known for their work in times of disaster, Scientology Volunteer Ministers provide unconditional help at any time in the face of disasters, great or small.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON •
The Seattle Chapter of The Way to Happiness Foundation celebrated Friendship Day by reaching out to their community with the common-sense moral code that helps create lasting friendships by instilling decency and respect.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
Volunteer groups around the world educate people on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because it is hard to demand one’s own rights and protect the rights of others if you don’t know what they are.
QUEZON, PHILIPPINES •
At a workshop presented by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South Pacific Goodwill Tour, 299 Quezon City police learn to administer Scientology “assists” to help constituents who are injured, disoriented or traumatized at accident or disaster sites.
HARLEM, NEW YORK •
Harlem’s new Ideal Scientology Church and Community Center is called a “center of hope on 125th Street” in stirring grand opening ceremony held Sunday July 31, 2016.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK •
With this year’s motto “Human Rights: Learn it. Embrace it. Live it,” the International Human Rights Summit 2016 will bring together youth from 50 countries in the name of making human rights a fact.
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN •
The Kaohsiung chapter of The Way to Happiness Foundation puts the precept “Safeguard and Improve Your Environment” into practical terms with a cleanup of Cijin Beach.
MILAN, ITALY •
Regional conference of Italian chapters of psychiatric watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights meets at the Church of Scientology of Milan. Members learn how to deal with victims of involuntary commitment.
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA •
A recent graduate of Narconon Suncoast explains what is different about the Narconon program and why she is finally confident that she will be drug-free … for good.
PARIS, FRANCE •
Volunteers from the Foundation for a Drug-Free World handed out 300,000 copies of drug education booklets during the UEFA football games.
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY •
Budapest’s Ideal Scientology Church opens July 23, 2016, to mark a milestone for spiritual freedom in Hungary.
BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA •
Scientologist Michelle Bessudo loves delighting her customers with her beautiful and delectable creations. Michelle Bessudo is a baker and a pastry artist. Her passion for her work began when she was three when she and her grandmother cooked together.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
The Church of Scientology Community Center was the site of a historic summit of gang leaders held Sunday, July 17, in the name of peace. Now a new video and weekly conflict resolution meetings are giving a future and substance to the dream shared by the 2,500 people who attended the summit.
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA •
In 2014, more than 180,000 men, women and children underwent “involuntary examination” in Florida, some 17 percent of them children. This is an increase of 82 percent over the previous decade.
PUERTO ESPERANZA, COLOMBIA •
Scientology Volunteer Ministers Amazon Goodwill Tour brings help to another indigenous Amazon community. On the banks of the Amazon River in Colombia in the village of Puerto Esperanza (Port of Hope), a bright yellow tent is attracting a lot of attention and visitors.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI •
Understanding human rights is the first step to gaining these rights for oneself and others. According to the Human Rights Watch World Report , a form of human trafficking is still widespread in Haiti: Use of child domestic workers—known as restavèks—continues.
ROME, ITALY •
Youth for Human Rights was proud to participate in a human rights film competition and festival for local youth organized by the Film Theatre Academy of Rome. Young filmmakers from Rome schools competed in a human rights film festival.
SOPHIATOWN, SOUTH AFRICA •
Tackling drug abuse in Sophiatown, South Africa One of the infamous and flagrant abuses of the Apartheid government was the destruction of Sophiatown.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
In support of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 18—freedom of thought, conscience and religion—the Los Angeles chapter of United for Human Rights hosts a 3-part conference on religious tolerance at the Church of Scientology Los Angeles.