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Scientology Churches Urge Action to Save Lives from Drug Overdose

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Scientology Churches and Scientologists mark International Drug Overdose Awareness Day by bringing the truth about drugs to bear against the deadly pandemic of overdose deaths. Drug overdose doesn't discriminate. It honors no borders. It strikes anyone and anywhere. And its allies are ignorance and deception.

This is why Scientologists the world over, working with like-minded groups and individuals, are launching International Overdose Awareness Day activities to promote drug prevention to end the senseless deaths.

Never has drug education and prevention been more important:

* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that some 108,000 people in the U.S. died of drug overdoses from February 2021 to February 2022. Of those, more than 70 percent involved fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

* Though overdose deaths are considerably lower in the UK than in the U.S., the British Medical Journal describes escalating rates of drug-related deaths in that country as "a public health crisis," with record numbers, the highest in Europe, increasing over the past decade.

* The number of Australians dying of unintentional drug overdose each year also continues to rise.

What is the answer?

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime states: "Prevention strategies based on scientific evidence working with families, schools, and communities can ensure that children and youth, especially the most marginalized and poor, grow and stay healthy and safe into adulthood and old age. For every dollar spent on prevention, at least ten can be saved in future health, social and crime costs."

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the world's largest nongovernmental education initiative. They sponsor Drug-Free World chapters, host drug prevention open house programs, and reach out to their communities on International Overdose Awareness Day and throughout the year with the Foundation's The Truth About Drugs series of fourteen illustrated drug information booklets containing facts about the most commonly abused drugs.

To make these resources broadly available, Scientology Network broadcasts:

* The Foundation's The Truth About Drugs: Real People-Real Stories documentary

* They Said-They Lied public service announcements

* Voices for Humanity episodes featuring drug-prevention activists who are saving young lives that would otherwise be lost to drugs.

The Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center produces and distributes The Truth About Drugs Education Package free of charge to drug education instructors, law enforcement agencies, and government and private sector institutions.

The Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms. Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers Honored for Their Service to South Africa

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- For World Humanitarian Day, celebrated annually on August 19, the Church of Scientology honors the Volunteer Ministers of South Africa. At a recent celebration at Kyalami Castle in Midrand, South Africa, officials from across the country joined the Church in thanking the Scientology Volunteer Ministers for their service since the pandemic began. Volunteer Ministers contributed more than a million hours assisting the government and private sector to care for the most vulnerable.

Those attending included the MEC (Member of the Executive Council) for Health of the Social Development Department and officials of the Department of Justice of Gauteng. South African Local Government Association (SALGA) was also on hand, along with National Disaster Management.

The Chief of Police of the Tshwane Metro Police, and Emergency Services of Tshwane, Joburg and Ekurhuleni, representative of Mogale City and many police officers of Gauteng attended as well.

The MEC of Health Gauteng, Dr. Nomathemba Mokgethi, and the MEC of Education, Mr. Panyaza Lesufi, acknowledged two Scientology Volunteer Ministers in particular who were part of the volunteer force since the lockdown began in 2020. They each contributed more than 2,000 hours of service to the community.

Other volunteers awarded contributed at least 100 volunteer hours, many of them between 1,000 and 2,000 hours.

Mr. Freddy Williams of the Tshwane Emergency Services presented a special acknowledgment to the Church of Scientology. The Church organized and coordinated these volunteers to combat the pandemic. Volunteer Minister South Africa spokesperson Sandile Hlayisi accepted the award, crediting Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard for the program, the technology, and the passion to help South Africa.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by L. Ron Hubbard. It constitutes one of the world's largest independent relief forces.

Mr. Hubbard described a Volunteer Minister as "a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others." Their creed: "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."

Their motto is no matter the circumstances, "Something can be done about it."

Castle Kyalami serves as a home for the community and a nexus for all who share the goal of bettering the lives of individuals and strengthening communities across the region, nation and all of Africa. Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, dedicated Kyalami Castle on New Year's Day 2019, reaffirming the commitment of Mr. Hubbard that "from Southern Africa will spring the next great civilization on this planet."

For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of South Africa, visit the Scientology website.

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Human Rights Initiative Empowers Youth to Become Advocates for Tolerance and Peace

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On International Youth Day 2022, the Scientology Network features Youth for Human Rights International in episodes of "Voices for Humanity." Youth for Human Rights has inspired an entire generation of human rights activists to create change in their communities and countries.

"In 2001, when we began Youth for Human Rights International, 90 percent of those surveyed were unable to name more than three of the 30 rights granted by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," says the organization's founder and president Dr. Mary Shuttleworth. "Almost half the world's population is under 25. And they are hardest hit by the world's inequalities and injustices."

Youth for Human Rights stresses raising awareness and understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Changing the state of human rights in the world depends on an understanding of the rights enshrined in the document. And the group's audiovisual properties make the history of human rights and each of the 30 rights simple to understand.

According to the United Nations, "67 percent of people believe in a better future, with 15- to 17-year-olds being the most optimistic about this."

Youth for Human Rights educational materials empower youth to accomplish the future they envision. Inspired by L. Ron Hubbard's belief that "human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream," the Church of Scientology and Scientologists support Youth for Human Rights and make these materials available to educators, law enforcement, nonprofits and community leaders free of charge.

"Voices for Humanity," an original series on the Scientology Network, documents how human rights advocates are creating positive change using the Youth for Human Rights initiative.

* Two decades after the end of a civil war that claimed 200,000 lives, the people of Guatemala still struggle with the human rights abuses committed by their military. Coming of age in the aftermath of such destruction, Cynthia Guerra committed herself to right those wrongs. Today, as president of Youth for Human Rights Guatemala, she leads a nationwide program to educate civilians, police and the military on human rights.

* For over two decades, the people of The Gambia suffered under a brutal dictatorship. Nfamara Jawneh spread the message of human rights, a campaign now credited with helping usher in a new era of democracy in the country. Partnering with Youth for Human Rights, Jawneh continues to work tirelessly across The Gambia and internationally, training and educating tens of thousands of students on their human rights.

* Sheena Chohan is a well-known Bollywood actress and TV personality. In press interviews, as a television host of the Bangladesh Premier Cricket League, and every chance she gets, she reaches millions with her message of the importance of knowing human rights to make South Asia a safer place for everyone.

Fundamental to Scientology is a humanitarian mission that extends to some 200 nations with programs for human rights, human decency, literacy, morality, drug prevention and disaster relief. "Voices for Humanity" is a series of short documentaries introducing changemakers of all faiths, cultures and nations who extend help to their communities through Scientology-sponsored humanitarian programs.

The Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms. Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

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How Secular Programs Supported by the Church of Scientology Help and Empower Youth

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- In honor of International Youth Day, August 12, the Church of Scientology shares humanitarian initiatives to help young people set a positive course for their lives and thrive.

It's a very challenging time for youth. On the eve of International Youth Day 2022:

* Some 1.2 billion children are living in poverty worldwide.

* About 152 million children age 5-17 are subject to child labor.

* In the U.S., adolescent overdose deaths have doubled since 2010.

* One-third of the world's youth suffer from bullying.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists are committed to providing youth with the tools they need to survive. One way they do this is by supporting humanitarian and social betterment programs:

* United for Human Rights and Youth for Human Rights International are initiatives that help youth understand the 30 rights of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Their booklets and audiovisual materials make it simple to understand these rights and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace.

* Foundation for a Drug-Free World presents the truth about drugs with youth-friendly videos and booklets that help young people make the self-determined decision to live drug-free.

* The Way to Happiness Foundation uplifts communities through "The Way to Happiness," the common-sense guide to better living written by humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. People of all faiths and none use this booklet to instill values and increase their own chances of survival and the survival of others.

Anyone wishing to use these initiatives is invited to watch "Voices for Humanity," an original series on the Scientology Network. Episodes document how changemakers of all faiths, cultures and nations extend help to their communities and create positive change for youth through these humanitarian programs-all of them available free of charge thanks to the support of the Church of Scientology and Scientologists:

* In Colombia, Ingrida Lingyte learned that 70 percent of youth believed that marijuana was not dangerous and that using drugs was cool. Knowing firsthand the devastation substance abuse causes, she and her team have redefined "cool" by reaching one-fifth of the population of Colombia with the Truth About Drugs.

* Indian actor and television personality Sheena Chohan is a Youth for Human Rights Ambassador. She reaches millions with her message of the importance of knowing human rights to make South Asia a safer place for everyone.

* In Denver, Colorado, Rev. Leon Kelly is turning around the lives of ex-offenders and hard-core gang members with "The Way to Happiness."

The Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms. Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

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Scientology Tokyo, Where the Best of Modern Technology and Tradition Meet

TOKYO, Japan -- "Destination: Scientology" takes viewers to the Land of the Rising Sun, in celebration of the anniversary of the August 8, 2015, dedication of the Church of Scientology Tokyo. Tokyo is a city of contrasts. It combines reverence for ancient traditions with a love of technology in the world's most future-forward metropolis. The most populous city in the world, Tokyo is also one of the cleanest and safest. And in the heart of the Shinjuku district-just minutes from the busiest train station on Earth serving 3.6 million commuters each day-is the Church of Scientology Tokyo, where technology and spirituality intersect.

On the anniversary of the dedication of the Church of Scientology Tokyo, parishioners and staff extend an invitation to watch an episode of the original series "Destination: Scientology-Tokyo" on the Scientology Network. Learn of Tokyo's history and traditions, with visits to its treasured temples, shrines and tranquil sakura gardens. Marvel as some 3,000 pedestrians navigate their way through Shibuya Crossing simultaneously.

"One of the most important things is Japan's culture of wisdom," says Masayoshi, a staff member at the Church of Scientology Tokyo.

"That is the beauty of our Church," says Mihuki, another staff member. "Scientology means 'knowing how to know.' And it's all about knowing yourself and knowing life. So, we want to bring that wisdom to the people of Japan. We are here to empower Japanese spirit, our culture, and our people."

In dedicating the Church of Scientology Tokyo in August 2015, Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige described the city as "a place of convergence between East and West" where "the ancient harmonizes with the modern, and all is knitted together by hope. So, what better place to witness the coalescence of spirituality and technology?"

The Church of Scientology Tokyo is an Ideal Scientology Organization, configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community, a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

Destination: Scientology is an original series with each episode bringing the viewer inside a new Church of Scientology, showcasing their diversity and the cooperation that weaves every Church of Scientology into the local community fabric.

The Scientology Network debuted on March 12, 2018.

Since launching, the Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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How Were So Many Duped by the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Mental Health?

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- As the scandal spreads about a recent study finding no scientific evidence behind the use of SSRIs-and with pundits connecting the dots that while more and more Americans are using these drugs, suicide rates continue to rise-many are feeling betrayed. Find out how these drugs were approved in the first place. Watch "The Marketing of Madness" on the Scientology Network.

"Depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain," reads a recent headline in Psychology Today. As a professor of psychiatry at University College London and consultant psychiatrist at North East London National Health Service Foundation Trust revealed, "after a vast amount of research conducted over several decades, there is no convincing evidence that depression is caused by serotonin abnormalities."

So how did this happen?

"The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane? " a Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) documentary that airs on the Scientology Network, details how psychiatrists joined with pharmaceutical companies to market drugs directly to consumers.

Convincing the public that they, their children and even their babies, have a mental disease in order to prescribe their drugs has proved very profitable for psychiatrists and drug marketers.

But how did they get these drugs approved? The film documents that:

* Drug safety testing is predominantly done by drug companies themselves, not by governmental agencies or independent labs, creating an obvious conflict of interest.

* Psychiatrists have no scientific lab tests to objectively measure improvement, which permits researchers many opportunities to skew results of drug trials in the pharmaceutical company's favor.

* There are many, many ways of biasing trials to avoid negative findings or accentuate the positive.

As one drug expert interviewed in the film states, "It can be proven that most claimed research findings are false"-a fact that has now exploded in international media, creating a firestorm.

As the news of the study broke, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International President Jan Eastgate wrote, "The research confirms what CCHR has been exposing since the late 1980s: the chemical imbalance theory has always been a marketing campaign with no basis in science. The fact is the chemical imbalance myth has helped drive $15.6 billion-a-year global antidepressant sales. In light of the study's damning findings, media dubbed this the '$15 billion hustle.'"

Citizens Commission on Human Rights was cofounded in 1969 by professor of psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szasz and the Church of Scientology. With headquarters in Los Angeles, California, CCHR International guides a global human rights advocacy network of some 180 chapters across more than 30 nations. CCHR Commissioners include physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, government officials, educators and civil rights representatives.

The Scientology Network debuted on March 12, 2018. Since launching with a special featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, the Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. Among its unique programming is a series of documentaries produced by CCHR. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Church of Scientology Harlem Celebrates the Culture and Community of its Unique Home

HARLEM, N.Y. -- In honor of the anniversary of the opening of the Church of Scientology and Community Center of Harlem, go behind the scenes with 'Destination: Scientology' an original series on the Scientology Network. Harlem has always marched to its own beat - in music, art and fashion - a beat that has reverberated around the world.

"There is nowhere else like Harlem," said Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, when he dedicated the new Church and community center on July 31, 2016. "Your renaissance poets, your playwrights, your painters, your authors and musicians-even a mere recitation of the names is humbling: Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Claude McKay and Louis Armstrong. What else need one say except 'excise Harlem from American history and everything turns lukewarm.'"

The staff and parishioners of the Church are equally passionate about Harlem and work each day to strengthen the vibrant community.

"Harlem is the capital of Black America," says Phil, a staff member at the Church. "We are brothers and sisters in Harlem. It's a very, very proud community. We have this vibe, this kind of swagger." Phil loves that "families can come, artists can come, they can get together and create a better community."

But Harlem also moves to a Latin beat says Sashianna, who describes how "growing up in Harlem is one of the best experiences you can have because you see what a real community is like. We have so much culture, we have so much art. I like to call it 'we have our own sazón'...our own type of flavor and our own seasoning to whatever we do."

In Destination Scientology: Harlem, viewers see how the Church has become a hub for this community, offering free tutoring for youngsters, performances by world-class artists, hosting an international delegation of human rights activists, and opening the Church for community activities and interfaith conferences.

The Church of Scientology Harlem is an Ideal Scientology Organization, configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community, a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

Destination: Scientology is an original series with each episode bringing the viewer inside a new Church of Scientology, showcasing their diversity and the cooperation that weaves every Church of Scientology into the local community fabric.

The Scientology Network debuted on March 12, 2018. Since launching, the Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also airs documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Church of Scientology Harlem Celebrates the Culture and Community of its Unique Home

HARLEM, N.Y. -- In honor of the anniversary of the opening of the Church of Scientology and Community Center of Harlem, go behind the scenes with 'Destination: Scientology' an original series on the Scientology Network. Harlem has always marched to its own beat - in music, art and fashion - a beat that has reverberated around the world.

"There is nowhere else like Harlem," said Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, when he dedicated the new Church and community center on July 31, 2016. "Your renaissance poets, your playwrights, your painters, your authors and musicians-even a mere recitation of the names is humbling: Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Claude McKay and Louis Armstrong. What else need one say except 'excise Harlem from American history and everything turns lukewarm.'"

The staff and parishioners of the Church are equally passionate about Harlem and work each day to strengthen the vibrant community.

"Harlem is the capital of Black America," says Phil, a staff member at the Church. "We are brothers and sisters in Harlem. It's a very, very proud community. We have this vibe, this kind of swagger." Phil loves that "families can come, artists can come, they can get together and create a better community."

But Harlem also moves to a Latin beat says Sashianna, who describes how "growing up in Harlem is one of the best experiences you can have because you see what a real community is like. We have so much culture, we have so much art. I like to call it 'we have our own sazón'...our own type of flavor and our own seasoning to whatever we do."

In Destination Scientology: Harlem, viewers see how the Church has become a hub for this community, offering free tutoring for youngsters, performances by world-class artists, hosting an international delegation of human rights activists, and opening the Church for community activities and interfaith conferences.

The Church of Scientology Harlem is an Ideal Scientology Organization, configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community, a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

Destination: Scientology is an original series with each episode bringing the viewer inside a new Church of Scientology, showcasing their diversity and the cooperation that weaves every Church of Scientology into the local community fabric.

The Scientology Network debuted on March 12, 2018. Since launching, the Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also airs documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Church of Scientology Harlem Celebrates the Culture and Community of its Unique Home

HARLEM, N.Y. -- In honor of the anniversary of the opening of the Church of Scientology and Community Center of Harlem, go behind the scenes with 'Destination: Scientology' an original series on the Scientology Network. Harlem has always marched to its own beat - in music, art and fashion - a beat that has reverberated around the world.

"There is nowhere else like Harlem," said Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, when he dedicated the new Church and community center on July 31, 2016. "Your renaissance poets, your playwrights, your painters, your authors and musicians-even a mere recitation of the names is humbling: Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Claude McKay and Louis Armstrong. What else need one say except 'excise Harlem from American history and everything turns lukewarm.'"

The staff and parishioners of the Church are equally passionate about Harlem and work each day to strengthen the vibrant community.

"Harlem is the capital of Black America," says Phil, a staff member at the Church. "We are brothers and sisters in Harlem. It's a very, very proud community. We have this vibe, this kind of swagger." Phil loves that "families can come, artists can come, they can get together and create a better community."

But Harlem also moves to a Latin beat says Sashianna, who describes how "growing up in Harlem is one of the best experiences you can have because you see what a real community is like. We have so much culture, we have so much art. I like to call it 'we have our own sazón'...our own type of flavor and our own seasoning to whatever we do."

In Destination Scientology: Harlem, viewers see how the Church has become a hub for this community, offering free tutoring for youngsters, performances by world-class artists, hosting an international delegation of human rights activists, and opening the Church for community activities and interfaith conferences.

The Church of Scientology Harlem is an Ideal Scientology Organization, configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community, a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

Destination: Scientology is an original series with each episode bringing the viewer inside a new Church of Scientology, showcasing their diversity and the cooperation that weaves every Church of Scientology into the local community fabric.

The Scientology Network debuted on March 12, 2018. Since launching, the Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also airs documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers of South Africa Help Create the Country of Their Dreams

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On Mandela Day and throughout the year, the bright yellow jacket of the Scientology Volunteer Minister has become a symbol of service and the ability to make a difference. This year, Mandela Day marked a milestone for the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of South Africa: 8,000 people have now joined their ranks by completing all 19 Tools for Life courses.

The UN set aside Nelson Mandela's birthday 18 July to celebrate the man and his impact, calling on people to make a difference in their communities and change the world for the better by taking action and inspiring change.

"At a time when so much of the world is beset by hardship and strife," said South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa in honor of the day, "we are inspired by Madiba's words that 'it is in our hands to make a difference and to make the world a better place. Let us evoke Madiba's 'new patriotism,' where South Africans are determined to work together and make our country a winning nation."

And the Volunteer Ministers of South Africa and the training they provide are doing exactly that.

Just last week, 230 educators including teachers, principals and department of education officials were awarded their Volunteer Ministers certificates at a graduation at Kyalami Castle in Midrand, Scientology headquarters for Africa.

"These courses changed my life," said a police department community educator. "They gave me a full understanding of other people and how to deal with them. As police officers, we are used to dealing with people who can get very rude, call us names and get very disrespectful. I used to get angry back and it was just degrading. But now that I understand people and how their emotions work, I just wait for them to have their temper. I remain calm, and then when they are finished, I continue with my communication. I end up having people apologize for lashing out at me and telling me all the stresses going on at home. Even with my Early Childhood Development Centre, I used to help parents with their children based on what I hoped was correct. But now, I am trained to handle every situation. I just apply one or more of the tools. I have gained the respect of others around me. These courses have really put me in a good space."

After graduating, a primary school teacher said, "I am a Volunteer Minister now! My help is yours. I am going to get my fellow teachers to study these courses and graduate too. If everyone who has studied these courses got someone else enrolled, we would be looking at a different world. And it is doable. We each have our work cut out for us. Well, I will be doing my part."

A successful retired farmer recently hosted a professional development and mentoring seminar at Castle Kyalami for 120 agricultural entrepreneurs and advisors, training them on the Tools for Life to achieve poverty alleviation, sustainable agriculture, and combat unemployment among agricultural graduates.

Concerned about the problems and failure among smallholding farms, she decided to teach others the same skills she learned and used from the Scientology Volunteer Ministers community development program.

"After I came across the Tools for Life program, I put it into application," she said. "And I am still experiencing success even long after turning the farm over to my daughter. I have retired and I now want to impart knowledge from my experience as my humanitarian mission to create better lives."

The Tools for Life courses contain the skills Volunteer Ministers use to change life for the better. The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. It constitutes one of the world's largest independent relief forces.

As he described, a Volunteer Minister's mandate is to be "a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others." Their creed: "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."

Their motto is no matter the circumstances, "Something can be done about it."

Castle Kyalami serves as a home for the community and a nexus for all who share the goal of bettering the lives of individuals and strengthening communities across the region, nation and all of Africa. Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, dedicated Kyalami Castle on New Year's Day 2019, reaffirming the commitment of Mr. Hubbard that "from Southern Africa will spring the next great civilization on this planet."

For more information on the Volunteer Ministers of South Africa, visit the interactive timeline on the Scientology website.

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