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Working with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Haiti

Scientology Volunteer Ministers in a convoy to Port Au Prince.

I met Scientology Volunteer Ministers for the first time in the Dominican Republic, Cheryl, Collin and Matt, who had just flown in from Miami. I told them I was from the States and looking to team up with an organization to go to Haiti to assist in any way possible. I was thrilled when Cheryl accepted my request and allowed me to accompany them to Haiti to assist with the relief effort there, considering the fact other organizations such as the Red Cross and UNICEF had not responded to my request to work with them in Haiti. 

Haitian Resilience

Haitian girl being transported back to her family's tent after treatment for a broken hip. (Photo credits: Scientology Volunteer Ministers corps/CSI)

Many Volunteer Ministers who come back from Haiti share the observation that Haitian people are astonishingly resilient and, despite  the misery and even despite heavy injuries, they keep finding solutions to improve survival.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers share this way of life and their motto--Something can be done about it!--resonates with the Haitian population. One month after the earthquake it is now time to help rebuild the infrastructure of the country and get people to work.

Commercial Flights Resuming in Port-au-Prince today

In the past month the Church of Scientology and individual members sponsored six support flights into Haiti and several more into Santo Domingo airport in the Dominican Republic.
Update: From today on regular commercial flights are permitted again to land at the Port-au-Prince's Toussaint Louverture International airport. The first routine flight since 12 January 2010 landed this morning.

Scientology Volunteer Minister Helps Haitian Young Man Get Prosthetic Leg in New Haven

EMT and LPN, Ayal Lindeman, keeps his word to 22-year-old Haitian engineering student Ralph-Mary Gedeon (Photo credit: Randi Sidman Moore).

NEW HAVEN (February 18, 2010)-Medical professional and Scientology Volunteer Minister Ayal Lindeman, who was working on the earthquake getting volunteers to go and handling logistics shortly after the earthquake after the January 12 earthquake and then went to Haiti on the 21st of January, is keeping his promise today to a Haitian man whose leg was amputated to save his life.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Camp in Haiti - on Google Maps

This excerpt from Google Maps shows Scientology Volunteer Ministers main camp at Port Au Prince airport (yellow tent and surrounding smaller tents).

This excerpt from Google Maps shows Scientology Volunteer Ministers main camp at Port Au Prince airport (yellow tent and surrounding smaller tents). It was set up there on 17 January 2010.

Port-Au-Prince airport is planned to open for commercial flights again in the next couple of days. Because of that our camp is currently being moved.

"After everybody forgets about helping, we're still going to be there and they're still going to need us."

A month after the earthquake, a Pasadena City College student and Scientology Volunteer Minister wants to make sure we do not forget Haiti.

On Sunday, February 14, CBS 4 in Miami interviewed Austin Eastlee on his way to Haiti as part of the Scientology Disaster Response Team.  The 20-year-old Pasadena City College graphic design student from Glendale, California, said he sees this as a critical point in the Haiti relief effort and this is the reason he is volunteering now.  It is the one-month anniversary of the earthquake and many aid workers and medical professionals have had to return ho

Political Insider reports: "Senators praise Scientology volunteers"

Political Insider - Your morning jolt: Senators praise Scientology volunteers9:58 am February 17, 2010, by Jim GallowayJim Galloway reports: This may come as a surprise to some, but your Republican-controlled state Senate – usually known for catering to the concerns of conservative Christians – last week issued a sincere commendation to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps.

Media Reports: Group Of Doctors, Ministers Takeoff From Miami To Help Haiti

14,000 lbs of cargo were sent to Haiti on the 14 February 2010, including about 6,000 lbs medical supplies and 9,000 lbs food, construction materials, sleeping bags and tents.

A group of volunteers left for Haiti Sunday to help those devastated by the earthquake. "After everybody forgets about helping, we're still gonna be there and they're still gonna need us," said Austin Eastlee, a volunteer Scientology minister who was one of nearly 90 volunteers about to board a Haiti bound flight. On board the flight sponsored by the Church of Scientology, there were doctors, nurses and ministers from all faiths.

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