Scientology Volunteer Ministers’ India Goodwill Tour Leader interview—Part II
Since arriving in India in September 2005, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers India Goodwill Tour has delivered training to professionals in many fields. Tour Leader, Ms. Marion Whitta, describes the work they have done.
Q: How many people have you trained in technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard since you arrived in India?
M.W.: We have trained well over 30 thousand. There has been enormous interest in our programs.
Q: Tell us about training the Maharashtra Civil Defense Trainers after the Mumbai terror attacks. How did that come about?
M.W.: We were in Mumbai with the Goodwill Tour several months before the terror attacks of November 26, 2008, and we rushed back and worked with disaster response agencies and medical staff to restore order and help the victims. In coordination with the dean of the Sir JJ Hospital, we worked in the wards providing logistics support for medical staff caring for the victims.
Hearing of our work, the Commandant General of Maharashtra Civil Defense asked us to train forty of his trainers, who in turn train 15 thousand Civil Defense workers every year. We trained them on the Scientology Disaster Response Specialist Course, and as a result of the success of this program, the Gujarat Home Guards and Civil Defense asked us to train their trainers as well, which we have done.
We also trained the thirty West Bengal Civil Defense staff who train all new members of their corps as well as the officers of the National Disaster Response Force.
Q: You have worked with hospital staff as well?
M.W.: Yes. One of the most popular tools of the Volunteer Ministers is Scientology assists—simple procedures developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that address the emotional and spiritual factors in stress, trauma, illness and injury.
To healthcare professionals these techniques make a lot of sense. At hospitals throughout India, nursing staff, teaching staff and hospital administrators have been eager to implement Scientology assist technology because they see the results. Patients and their families are calmer, more extroverted, less worried and more confident.
Also in Lucknow, we trained the faculty of Vivekananda Polyclinic to deliver Scientology assists at the request of Swami Muktinathanda who said, “We have been trying to improve the hospital in various ways, but with Scientology technologies we find that there has been a significant improvement so far as the attitude of our nursing staff is concerned.” As a result, the clinic administrator requested that we train all the hospital tutors so they could incorporate Scientology assists in the school’s nursing training.
In Calcutta we also trained tutors at major hospitals such as BM Birla and CMRI (Calcutta Medical Research Institute) on the Scientology Disaster Response Specialist Course.