We received a reader's letter from Julie, a Scientology Volunteer Minister, who just returned to Haiti where she volunteered for nine days in the Scientology Disaster Response Team. Julia had left the US at a moment's notice with her kids and their friends. She writes: I just got back from nine days in Haiti. People have asked me what it was like but truly it is so hard to put into words!
Scientology Volunteer Ministers arranged for and distributed more than 3,200 meals in the past two weeks. They distribute this food in the poorest areas around Port Au Prince. The 82nd Airborne in Haiti provides much-needed security.
Karen Farrell is a midwife and a Scientology Volunteer Minister who lives in New England. When she heard about the Haiti earthquake on January 12, her first thought was that she needed to help. Four days later she was in Port-au-Prince with the medical and disaster relief team of doctors and nurses from the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, paramedics and Volunteer Ministers who boarded a flight in New York on January 16, chartered by the Church of Scientology to take medical personnel and supplies to Haiti.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers are serving in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, providing skilled logistical support to aid the earthquake recovery. Supported by individuals and groups in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and elsewhere, Volunteer Ministers provide organizational support to medical teams, enabling the doctors and nurses to treat the injured.
Dr. Phil Show of 26 January 2010: Interview with doctors of the University of Miami hospital tent in Port au Prince, Haiti. The helpers working with the patients (in the yellow shirts) are Scientology Volunteer Ministers.
To date, the Church of Scientology has sponsored charter flights that have brought more than 300 medical personnel and 100 Scientology Volunteer Ministers to help Haiti recover. We just received the first film tapes from one of the Volunteer Ministers who is following the groups' trips and actions with a camera. Below is a summary of the VM's actions in last two weeks since the earthquake.
Two weeks since the disaster hit Haiti, many relief organizations have arrived and set up temporary facilities to help those who were injured during the earthquake.