Elsewhere in the world
POLAND—The president of the City of Warsaw recognized The Salvation Army when dedicating the opening of a new housing, shopping and cultural project in the Praga Polnoc neighborhood near the corps. Corps officers are considering moving the Army office into the community hub.
The corps was noticed not only for its proximity, but also for the positive reviews it receives for its social services. The city government youth services department noted the Army is one of the few local agencies that operates at higher than national standards.
From THE WARSAW REPORT
U.K.—Sunday school children at the Warrington Corps raised 190 pounds ($296 US) for the Army’s Watershed appeal by dressing up as superheroes for a sponsored cake bake. The challenge was: How many cakes can a superhero bake?
The children and youth workers spent a Saturday baking, even opening their own “coffee shop” to sell their goodies.
Before taking on the challenge, the kids spent a week learning about the Army’s international work.
Aug. 4, 2012, issue
AUSTRALIA—The Salvation Army has teamed up with Musicians Making a Difference to offer free dance classes to youth on the central coast of New South Wales.
Called “Street Dreams,” the dance mentoring program will “give hundreds…an opportunity to learn and grow at free weekly hip-hop dance and character-building classes,” according to CEO Dominic Brooks.
Classes will be held at Oasis Wyong, Gorokan, Newcastle and, soon, Gosford and Ulmina.
From WARCRY/au, Aug. 4, 2012, issue
FIJI—Over 110 officers and volunteers came together in Fiji recently to participate in The Salvation Army’s “Safe to Serve” training, a program developed to help youth workers provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the age groups they serve. The curriculum was in response to the seven Tiny Tots centers currently operating in the Fiji Division, catering primarily to preschoolers.
Major Bronwyn Malcolm, territorial children’s secretary in New Zealand, traveled to lead training in three locations across Fiji.
From WarCry, Aug. 11, 2012, issue
PAPUA NEW GUINEA—Links of Hope, a trust fund that empowers individuals and The Salvation Army, is in the business of supporting women. The group’s main objective, according to founder Deborah Bromley, is to help women however they can. Whether widows, orphans, HIV afflicted or prior prisoners, Links of Hope is there to provide loans for small business ventures, school fees for AIDS orphans or help to establish new lives.
Bromley visits Bomana Women’s Prison with a group from The Salvation Army’s women’s ministries to make educational presentations and initiate fundraising options for the prison. They recently helped two former prison inmates reestablish their and their families lives.
From Tokaut, May-June 2012 issue