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SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS AFRICA GOODWILL TOUR

AFRICAMONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Scientology Goodwill Tours—bringing effective solutions to communities for the past ten years

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SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS DISASTER RESPONSE GEARS UP FOR NEW TORNADO SEASON

OKLAHOMA, USAFRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014

Scientology Volunteer Ministers from across the United States volunteer to help communities cope when disaster strikes

With tornado season fast approaching (there were 39 U.S. tornadoes in February 2013) Scientology Volunteer Ministers teams from across the country are poised to respond.

The most erratic of natural disasters, the tornado strikes with a fury unparalleled by any other force of nature. So it was from May 19 to 31, when a series of tornados devastated Oklahoma and other Midwestern states.

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HUMAN RIGHTS ROUND TABLE FOCUSES ON TOLERANCE AND RESPECT

ROME, ITALY THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014

Church of Scientology of Rome works with civic and religious leaders to promote freedom of thought, religion and conscience

The Church of Scientology of Rome hosted a religious freedom round table in December, “Integration and Cooperation: Tolerance, Respect of Religious Belief and Defense of Human Rights.”

The three-hour program focused on human dignity and the historic background of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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FILLING THE GAP IN TIMES OF DISASTER, LARGE AND SMALL

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIAWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers—one of the world’s most effective independent relief organizations

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SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS PHILIPPINES DISASTER RESPONSE

PHILIPPINESTUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014

Bringing help to survivors of super typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines)

Since Typhoon Yolanda struck on November 8, 2013, a corps of 70 Scientology Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology Mission of Manila and veteran disaster response specialists from the United States, Australia, Thailand and Japan have provided help to the people of the Philippines.

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SCIENTOLOGY CHURCH CELEBRATES TOLERANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

BRUSSELS, BELGIUMMONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014

Brussels-based Churches of Scientology for Europe, dedicated to human rights and tolerance

Human Rights was the keynote of many of the activities organized by the Brussels-based Churches of Scientology for Europe in 2013.

The Church cosponsored the 10th annual Human Rights Summit, held this year at International Auditorium in Brussels and attended by youth delegates representing 30 nations. The Church also hosted the interreligious conference held on the final day of the Summit.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF KAOHSIUNG PROMOTES HUMAN RIGHTS

KAOHSIUNG,TAIWANSATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014

New Scientology Church raises awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The crash of cymbals, the thundering roll of drums…

So began the procession began at the Church of Scientology of Kaohsiung in December in honor of the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Church organized this human rights walk and open house to raise awareness of the basic rights every individual has.

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FIFTH ANNUAL COPENHAGEN HUMAN RIGHTS WALK

COPENHAGEN, DENMARKFRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

Walk, co-sponsored by Scientology-supported human rights initiative, mobilizes youth to defend the rights of others

Copenhagen youth joined in the city’s fifth annual Walk for Human Rights in December to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Beginning in the center of Copenhagen at Vesterbro Torv, youth marched to the Street Mekka indoor sports complex where they gathered for a human rights rally and musical festival.

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SCIENTOLOGY COSTA RICA MOBILIZES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

COSTA RICAMONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Mission of Costa Rica promote human rights awareness

It was an all-day affair with volunteers from the Church of Scientology Mission of Costa Rica celebrating Human Rights Day 2013 with a human rights petition drive.

To help raise awareness of human rights, the volunteers use educational booklets and posters created by Youth for Human Rights, a human rights education initiative supported by the Church of Scientology.

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HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE IN BRESCIA, ITALY, FOCUSES ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION

BRESCIA, ITALYSUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2014

Church of Scientology Brescia and representatives from diverse religions and creeds spoke on the importance of the freedom of religion at a human rights conference in honor of Human Rights Day 2013

Religious leaders joined in an ecumenical tribute to human rights December 18 in a conference hosted by the Association for Human Rights and Tolerance. Panelists represented of many of Italy’s religious communities.

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UNITED FOR AFRICA CONCERT 2013 RAISES FUNDS FOR EDUCATION

MILAN, ITALYSATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2014

Organized by the Association for Human Rights and Tolerance, the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology of Milan and Youth for Human Rights, the annual United for Africa concert forwards the right to education in Africa

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GENERATIONS OF DRUG-FREE MARSHALS CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON

TORONTO, CANADAWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2013

The annual Drug-Free Marshals Christmas Festival, organized by the Church of Scientology of Toronto

The theme of the Drug-Free Marshals Christmas Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto in December 2013 was: “Ask children if they want a drug-free community and they will tell you yes and why!”

A grassroots initiative established in 1993, the Drug-Free Marshals has grown to a global movement of kids telling other kids about the harmful effects of drugs.

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SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS PROVIDE HELP IN DESPERATE TIMES

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIATUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013

New Scientology brochure tells how 600 Scientology Volunteer Ministers who responded to the 2004 tsunami changed the course of the movement.

The holiday season conjures up images of home, family and good cheer. But for more than 600 Scientology Volunteer Ministers who responded to the 2004 tsunami, it evokes a time of heartbreak, disaster and bringing hope where there once was only despair.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY PRETORIA HOSTS HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICAMONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013

Human rights conference organized by Ogaden Youth and Student Union and Youth for Human Rights November 27 at the Chapel of the Church of Scientology of Pretoria to raise awareness of humanitarian issues affecting the Ogaden people of Ethiopia.

The Church of Scientology of Pretoria hosted a human rights conference November 28 to look into claims of human rights violations and their remedy. Participants included refugees who fled their homeland and have settled in South Africa.

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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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