AMATICE, ITALY •
Volunteer Ministers bring relief in Central Italy following Wednesday’s deadly earthquake. It was déjà vu for the Italian Volunteer Ministers who sprang into action in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed some 290 and has caused an estimated $11 billion damage.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK •
Toronto’s Abeir Liton, high school student and first-generation Canadian, awarded for his human rights advocacy When most other men his age are hard put to name even three of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Abeir Liton, 17, not only has them down cold, he’s determined to m
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA •
This month’s deluge dumped more than twice the water on Baton Rouge as Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Scientology Volunteer Ministers rushed to the scene to help. More are on the way.
RIO DE JANEIRO •
The 2016 Olympics saw the launch of an unprecedented drug prevention campaign determined to spread the truth about drugs throughout Brazil. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World built a corps of local volunteers passionate about ending the country’s crack epidemic.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA •
A Johannesburg life coach used The Truth About Drugs to reach a young man who was bent on destroying his future—his addiction to sniffing glue was dominating his life.
RIGA, LATVIA •
Left behind when their parents left the country in search of employment, a generation of Latvian children were growing up without the traditional values they needed to guide them in life, until a teacher discovered The Way to Happiness and began a campaign to reach her country’s youth with this comm
SUVA CITY, FIJI •
A visit to the bright yellow tent of the Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour changed the life of a Fiji woman. Life has changed considerably for a mother of three from Suva City, the capital of Fiji.
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA •
CCHR is launching a campaign to help protect the elderly from abuse under the mental health law in Florida. It begins with a workshop titled Advanced Mental Health Directives on Sunday, August 21, at the group ’s center in downtown Clearwater.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study calling for “education about the potentially life-threatening consequences of synthetic cannabinoid use.
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA •
South Africa’s Women’s Day honors those who led the fight for freedom and equality 60 years ago and the women of South Africa today who continue to fight for a better life for the people of the nation.
RIMINI, ITALY •
Reaching Italian clubbers with the truth about club drugs The Foundation for a Drug-Free World chapter in the Italian province of Emilia Romagna reaches out to clubgoers in the city of Rimini with information they urgently need to know.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM •
Brussels drug prevention group joins forces with organizers and athletes of West African football tournament to reach players and fans with the truth about drugs.
TORONTO, CANADA •
Youth for Human Rights Toronto celebrates diversity at the 10th annual Toronto Youth Day Festival.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON •
Residents in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood enjoyed the annual National Night Out block party at the Church of Scientology.
TANGA, TANZANIA •
The loss of his nephew to cocaine inspired a Tanzanian man to find a solution to drug abuse. He has opened a chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World in his hometown.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON •
Drug-Free World Volunteers reach out with The Truth About Drugs to school resource officers with factual information about the effects of drugs.
NUEVA LEON, MEXICO •
Young Latin American advocates meet to coordinate plans and address gross human rights violations in their countries. The 23 chapters of Youth for Human Rights International across six Latin American countries share a common goal—to make human rights a reality.
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA •
The Way to Happiness Foundation celebrated the Santa Barbara Fiesta by introducing people to The Way to Happiness and its tools for better living.
EAST GRINSTEAD, SUSSEX •
More than a thousand kick up their heels at annual Summertime Swing Festival at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, in the UK, raising £7,000 for charity. Britain’s Got Talent semifinalists the Jive Aces headlined the concert. Britain’s Got Talent semifinalists The Jive Aces headlined the concert.
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA •
Volunteers gain tools to fight epidemic drug addiction among Tschwane township youth A training session held at the Church of Scientology Pretoria August 5 introduced community leaders, nongovernmental organizations and other concerned individuals to the Truth About Drugs educational program.