Elsewhere in the world
AUSTRALIA—The Salvation Army’s Tasmania Division won the top national prize in the Commonwealth 2011 National Crime and Violence Prevention Awards for its “Safe from the Start” program, which helps children up to age 5 who have witnessed family or domestic violence.
Their research identifies the impact and needs—effects on brain development and increased risk of adopting violent behavior themselves—of these children and offers an early intervention approach.
The project was presented at Asia-Pacific and New Zealand conferences in 2011 and will be featured in the U.S. in 2012.
From WARCRY/au, Nov. 12, 2011, issue
KENYA—The Salvation Army continues drought relief in Kenya. In Turkana—a northern desert region—access to water is the biggest problem. Tractors brought in for the 2006 drought are still transporting water to 2,500 families and nine schools each week. Construction of boreholes and solar-powered water pumps is underway.
In Isiolo, in east Kenya, the Army is providing emergency food to 5,000 people for the next three months. In Machakos, 3,500 primary school students will receive lunch over the next two school terms.
From WARCRY/au, Oct. 15, 2011, issue
U.K.—The Chelmsford Corps building was named Building of the Decade at the Royal Institute of British Architects East Spirit of Ingenuity Awards. Corps Officer Major Derek Jones accepted the award. The judges ruled the building best exemplified a spirit of ingenuity in its design and inception.
“There is something special about this design which is innovative, stark and yet welcoming and enticing,” the judges said.
From SALVATIONIST/uk, Oct. 29, 2011, issue
HAITI—Thanks to the Haiti Recovery and Development School Renovation project, newly repaired Salvation Army school buildings enabled 700 students to return to school this fall. The group completed repairs on four of six schools scheduled for improvements in 2011.
Project manager David White and assistant Raymond Cedoine also trained a local maintenance team in repair and upkeep of the buildings, including masonry and carpentry work, roofing, bathroom and electrical repair and installation of water catchment systems.