he Office for Public Affairs and Human Rights is also the European coordinating centre for the Scientology Volunteer Minister corps.
From flooding rivers in Hungary and the Czech Republic, to earth-quakes in India, Volunteer Ministers provide skills that emergency rescue and humanitarian organisations consider indispensable. The Police and Fire Departments of New York commended them for their work at Ground Zero after 9/11; Los Angeles City certifies them as part of the Emergency Response Team alongside the Sheriff’s and Police Department and the Philippines National Red Cross recognises them as a partner in its relief efforts.
When the tsunamis of December 26, 2004, struck in southern Asia, the European Office helped to coordinate transport and logistics for hundreds of Volunteer Ministers who flew to India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand.
In addition to providing hands-on assistance, they trained more than 25,000 others—doctors, relief workers, military officers, Tibetan Buddhist monks and Muslim leaders—to help survivors put their lives back together. Colonel Wallop Suksawang, Assistant Secretary to the Thai Military Attaché, stated, “What you did in those days will forever remain in the minds of those of Doing something about it: The Scientology Volunteer Ministersus who worked beside you and those survivors who you helped.”
Volunteer Ministers are also trained to save troubled marriages, help failing students, resolve conflicts and assist the injured—in fact, to deal with practically any situation in life—using the practical tools L. Ron Hubbard developed.
To the Volunteer Minister, there is no greater satisfaction than bringing effective solutions to those in need, applying their motto: “Something can be done about it.”