Kenya Scout leaders use Scientology Volunteer Ministers’ methods to help in the wake of Uganda mudslides

| Uganda 5 May 2010 |

Kenya Scouts who trained as Scientology Volunteer Ministers helped in the search-and-rescue action following mudslides in the Bududa District of Uganda.
Volunteer Ministers engage in search and rescue

A team of Kenya Scouts who are also Scientology Volunteer Ministers traveled to Uganda last month when massive mudslides killed 94 and displaced 30,000 from their homes. Led by Elly Rajab, 22, the Scouts joined Uganda Army rescue workers in their search for 500 people missing in the flood-affected area.

Arriving in Uganda from Nairobi, Rajab and his team learned from survivors in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps, from the Red Cross and the Uganda Army where their help was most needed. With hundreds still missing, the first priority was search-and-rescue work that had to be done by hand with shovels and picks, as use of heavy machinery could trigger further landslides on the heavily saturated ground.

The Volunteer Ministers also distributed food and supplies and provided simple but powerful Scientology techniques, called “assists,” developed by L. Ron Hubbard to help people in the camps overcome the disorientation and trauma of losing their homes, families and possessions.

In Nairobi, the previous year, Rajab had trained as a Scientology Volunteer Minister to gain practical skills that he and his fellow Scout leaders could use to help the people of their country. After completing free online training in communication skills, conflict resolution, organizational basics and other subjects, offered at, Rajab arranged in the fall of 2009, for Kenya Scout leaders from Mombasa, Marsabit, Kisumu and Nakuru, to join him in Nairobi for a series of seminars provided by a Volunteer Minister, sent from the United States to Kenya. Since the seminars, the Scout leaders have in turn trained hundreds more Scouts in their own regions in Scientology Volunteer Minister technology.