Elsewhere in the world
Elsewhere in the world
CZECH REPUBLIC—The Salvation Army reached the end of its emergency response to flooding in the north of the country but remains available to provide long-term help. All emergency work concluded in the village of Troubky, one of the worst hit communities, on May 28. Other organizations providing relief also withdrew at that time.
Lieutenant Petr Janousek, who coordinated The Salvation Army’s response, will stay in contact with the village’s mayor and vice-mayor regarding how the Army can help.
Plans are in place to hold an event in the village later in the year, just to let the people know that The Salvation Army hasn’t forgotten them. The exact nature of the meeting is still to be decided but ideas include a barbecue or garden party featuring music by a Salvation Army group from Prerov.
GUATEMALA—Salvation Army emergency response teams in Guatemala are hard at work after the country experienced two disasters within 10 days.
The Pacaya Volcano—about 15 miles south of Guatemala City—erupted, causing the death of a television journalist, the evacuation of about 1,600 people and the closing of the international airport.
Soon thereafter, Tropical Storm Agatha hit Central America. Of the 150 people reported killed in the region so far, more than 120 were from Guatemala.
One Salvation Army team was stranded after a landslide blocked the roads to a community where it was providing assistance.
After the storm, almost 112,000 people were evacuated across Guatemala and around 30,000 sought accommodations in emergency shelters.
CANADA—The Life Employability and Enhancement Program (LEEP) is a pre-employment program open to applicants between the ages of 18-30 coming from a country affected by war.
Established in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2002, LEEP is a 22-week course that develops and strengthesn employment skills. Through in-class lessons and counseling, LEEP encourages refugees to overcome the challenges of integrating into a new country and culture.
LEEP strives to place graduates in a two-week job where they can enhance and expand their knowledge and skills while gaining Canadian employment experience. It also provides insight into Canadian culture, health and healthy living, workplace safety, team building, self-esteem, communication and social skills.
Funding for the program is provided through a partnership between The Salvation Army, Service Canada and Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors—a department of the Province of Manitoba.