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Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Peru

17 September 2007 · Category: VM

Since a magnitude 8 earthquake rocked Peru, a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers continues its work to help the survivors.

The Volunteer Ministers team is providing relief personnel
with Scientology Disaster Response training.
The quake left more than 500 dead and over 1,000 injured. Nearly 40,000 are reported to still be homeless and it is estimated that as many as 200,000 were severely affected by the disaster. So although the initial work of finding survivors and providing urgent food and supplies to those most seriously affected is done, there is still a crucial need of volunteers to provide assistance.

To cope with these needs, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers team is training other relief organization personnel and volunteers in Scientology Disaster Response training. This training, based on the Scientology Handbook by L. Ron Hubbard, helps relief workers hone their communication skills, learn simple techniques to help people overcome trauma, and improve their organizational ability to be able to get more done and help the most people with the resources they have.

Their big yellow tent has become known as the place to visit for help with handling trauma, getting supplies, or just to find someone to talk to after grueling hours of arduous work in the disaster zone. The Volunteer Ministers are working with the Peruvian National Police, Air Force, firefighters, the civil protection agency of Venezuela, and NGOs such as the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF.

Volunteers are still needed. If you can help with your time or by donating funds to support the Volunteer Ministers on the ground, contact the International Volunteer Ministers Consultant at vm@volunteerministers.org.