For Immediate Release

Scientology Disaster Response Specialists Graduation in Tanzania

Students at the Lord Baden Powell Memorial School in Dar es Salaam earn certificates from the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Africa Goodwill Tour


A special graduation June 13 at the Lord Baden Powell Memorial School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, acknowledged students who completed Disaster Response Specialist Training through the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Africa Goodwill Tour.

The training, which included basic organizational and communication skills, was delivered by a team of Volunteer Ministers from South Africa who bring their mobile training center to countries throughout Africa. Training also covered basic Scientology Assists—technology developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that address the spiritual and emotional factors in stress and trauma.

School director Col. Kipingu Iddi Omari opened the ceremony and the students who completed the program received certificates and Volunteer Minister ID Cards identifying them as disaster response specialists.

Singer Grace Paul sang an original Swahili song based on the motto of the Volunteer Ministers, with Lord Baden Powell students joining in the chorus: “No matter the situation, something can be done about it.”

Volunteer Minister Goodwill Tour Leader Carl von Pfeil urged the students to use what they have learned to accomplish their goals: “You have learned simple truths: you can make yourself heard, you can learn anything, you can organize to accomplish what you set out to achieve. You can do something about it.”

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In creating the program in 1976, L. Ron Hubbard described the qualities of the Volunteer Minister: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

Scientology Volunteer Ministers have trained and partnered with more than 1,100 organizations, including the Red Cross, FEMA, National Guard, Salvation Army, Mexico’s International Rescue Brigade, Boy Scouts, and hundreds of local, regional and national groups and organizations, giving freely of their skills, their care and compassion.They have provided physical and spiritual relief at more than 200 disaster sites.

Today hundreds of thousands of individuals are trained in the skills of a Volunteer Minister across 185 nations. For more information on Scientology Volunteer Ministers, visit

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