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RAISING THE QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGH MORAL VALUES

AMSTERDAMSUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2013

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Amsterdam bring The Way to Happiness to the people of their city.

Nearly every weekend for the past 12 months, volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Amsterdam have been out in the streets, distributing copies of The Way to Happiness. Their plan: to deliver a copy of the booklet to every household in Amsterdam. As of December 2013 they have handed out 35,000 booklets—a copy to every home in two of the seven districts into which the city is divided, Amsterdam Center and Amsterdam East.

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SCIENTOLOGY GROUP COMMENDED BY COMMUNE OF L’AQUILA, ITALY

AQUILA, ITALYSATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2013

Scientology disaster response team acknowledged for their unconditional help

The city of L’Aquila in central Italy presented the Scientology Volunteer Ministers with a plaque in appreciation for their 18,000 volunteer hours spent helping the city and region recover from the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake.

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NATIONAL SCIENTOLOGY ORGANIZATION OF MEXICO HOLDS DRUG EDUCATION FORUM

MEXICO CITY, MEXICOFRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013

Speakers share ideas/tools to counter drug abuse

The Truth About Drugs Forum at the National Scientology Organization of Mexico brought together community groups concerned with tackling drug abuse in Mexico City.

The purpose of the program was to raise awareness in the community on the problem of drugs and effective solutions any caring person or group can implement to help make a difference with this important social problem.

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SCIENTOLOGY CAVALCADES BRING EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO COMMUNITIES

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIAWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013

With the motto, “Something can be done about it,” Scientology Volunteer Ministers traveling exhibits or “cavalcades” have been making effective solutions available for a decade.

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Volunteer Ministers Cavalcades, making the help of the Volunteer Minister available to communities the world over.

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SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS HELP SARDINIA FLOOD VICTIMS

SARDINIA, ITALYTUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013

Volunteers from Scientology Churches and Missions throughout Italy mobilize to help those left stranded by Sardinia floods

Scientology Volunteer Ministers throughout Italy are helping in the wake of Cyclone Cleopatra, which descended on the Italian island of Sardinia November 19, sweeping away cars and bridges, flooding streets and homes, killing 18 and leaving nearly 3,000 homeless.

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SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTER PHILIPPINES DISASTER RESPONSE

PHILIPPINESMONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013

Helping the Philippines recover from the typhoon Haiyan

A month since Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, the country is still staggering. The Church of Scientology Mission of Manila immediately activated their Volunteer Ministers to help. They were joined by Volunteer Ministers from abroad who have continued to provide relief to help the country recover.

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CHRISTMAS STORIES BENEFIT AT‑RISK YOUTH

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELESSATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2013

Scientology Celebrity Centre holds 21st annual fundraiser in support of Hollywood Police Athletic League youth development programs

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YOUTH FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DAY PROCLAIMED IN GRANTORTO, ITALY

GRANTORTO, ITALYWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013

Grantorto officials in acknowledging Youth for Human Rights, the human rights education initiative the Church of Scientology supports. Grantorto Mayor Luciano Gavin proclaimed November 10, 2013, and this date in future years, to be Youth for Human Rights Day for his city.

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DRUG PREVENTION GROUPS TEAM UP TO COUNTER VENEZUELA DRUG ABUSE

MERIDA, VENEZUELA TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013

A fun-filled day of activities organized by the Scientology-supported Truth About Drugs initiative and the Vigia Anti-drug Foundation in Merida, Venezuela

Young athletes from local schools competed in an intramural soccer match in October in the state of Merida, Venezuela. The level of excitement of the players, their friends and families was a living demonstration that life is more fun when you don’t use drugs.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF PRETORIA BACKS TSWHANE DRUG PREVENTION PROGRAM

TSWHANE, SOUTH AFRICAMONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013

Truth About Drugs educational materials provided to community and civic leaders

The Church of Scientology of Pretoria was invited to attend the Twshane City Hall Substance Abuse Summit November 14, which drew together civic and community leaders concerned with this important issue.

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SARDINIA SCIENTOLOGISTS RIDE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL

SARDINIA, ITALYSUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013

Cycling for the rights of all, members of the Church of Scientology of Cagliari kick off a month of activities that will culminate on UN Human Rights Day December 10th, the 65th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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AN IDEAL ORG AT THE GATEWAY OF THE CHINESE-SPEAKING WORLD

KAOHSIUNG, TAIWANSATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013

On Saturday, December 7, amidst a burst of confetti and beneath a cloud of balloons, a ribbon was cut on the new Church of Scientology Ideal Organization of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. More than 4,000 Scientologists and guests from across Asia and Oceania were joined by national and city dignitaries for the dedication ceremony.

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SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS HELP EASE MARATHON FATIGUE

TOKYO, JAPANSATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013

Tokyo Scientologists helped runners at the finish line of the Ichikawa Marathon

Runners who competed in the October 2013 Ichikawa Marathon benefited from a simple technique that eased the physical stress of the 26-mile race. Scientology Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology of Tokyo set up “recovery stations” at the finish line and helped runners with a special Scientology technique that speeds healing and recovery.

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SCIENTOLOGISTS REACH HUIXQUILUCAN YOUTH WITH TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS

HUIXQUILUCAN, MEXICO THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013

Volunteers from the National Scientology Organization of Mexico distributed drug education materials in Huixquilucan October 28 as part of an ongoing project to bring the truth about drugs to youth in the area.

Volunteers from the National Scientology Organization of Mexico bring the truth about drugs to Huixquilucan, a town of extremes, where lavish, high-end shops cater to clientele just blocks from one of the most impoverished barrios of Mexico City.

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MELBOURNE HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE HONORED AT CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIAWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013

The Church of Scientology of Melbourne hosted a human rights award event to mark United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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NEW CENTER OF SCIENTOLOGY OPENS IN THE NORTH OF ISRAEL

CARMIEL, ISRAELWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013

Hundreds of guests and dignitaries convened in the city of Carmiel to celebrate the opening of the new Scientology Center for the North of Israel. The Center will provide Scientology Life Improvement courses and spiritual counseling and will serve as a hub for the many social betterment and humanitarian programs Scientology supports.

Leaders of the Druze and Scientology religions joined in the dedication November 9 of the Scientology Center for the north of Israel in the city of Carmiel.

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PLETTENBERG BAY’S MEN IN BLUE BRING HAPPINESS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS

PLETTENBERG BAY, SOUTH AFRICAMONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013

Members of the Church of Scientology of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, help bring police and local residents together through a unique booklet.

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SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS GOODWILL TOUR OFFERS WORKSHOPS IN PALAU

PALAU, SOUTH PACIFICSUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013

Bringing tools for life to the South Pacific.

The Scientology Volunteer Minister South Pacific Goodwill Tour launched a series of workshops October 11 at the Palau Community College assembly hall in the city of Koror with a grand opening ceremony dedicated by the dean of continuing education of the college.

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ONLINE COURSES PROVIDE TOOLS FOR LIFE

LOS ANGELES, CASATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013

Celebrating three years of free online training in 17 languages through the Scientology website and the Volunteer Ministers website: since launch of the program in October 2010, thousands have improved their lives through these courses.

An engineer from the Philippines, Jay had reached a dead end in his career. He had worked hard to earn a degree, but soon found his skills obsolete, outstripped by the speed of technological change. Searching online for a new direction, he found the Volunteer Ministers website.

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SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS MEXICAN DISASTER RESPONSE

GUERRERO, MEXICOFRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

Hurricane Raymond swept through areas already flooded by last month’s storms. Volunteer Ministers in Guerrero since tropical storms Manuel now providing relief in wake of latest downpour.

The third major storm to hit Mexico this hurricane season has left an already weakened infrastructure reeling.

Hurricane Raymond careened toward Mexico’s Pacific coast threatening new flooding in Acapulco, which is still recovering from September’s heavy rains.

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