Elsewhere in the world
Elsewhere in the world
HAITI—The Salvation Army World Service Organization (SAWSO) recently announced that the number of packaged meals prepared for distribution in Haiti by The Salvation Army—through its partnership with Numana, Inc.—has now passed 10 million.
The Army has organized “Million Meals for Haiti” events across the U.S., where volunteers assemble the food packets.
Lt. Colonel Dan Starrett, executive director for SAWSO, said: “We are amazed by the number of volunteers who have come alongside Numana, Inc. and The Salvation Army in this partnership. There are many who have volunteered to help the people of Haiti who never would have thought to volunteer before.”
Since the Jan. 12 earthquake, more than 72,000 volunteers have joined as caring communities to feed those affected by the disaster.
Numana meals have four components: rice, soy, freeze-dried vegetables with chicken flavoring, and 21 vitamins targeted to help the immune system. Rice and beans are also being shipped, as they are a staple food to Haitians. For more information on Numana, Inc packing events, go to www.numanainc.com
AUSTRALIA—Last month (April 2010), the Australian government announced a $3.5 million relief package to support New South Wales (NSW) families at risk of homelessness. This funding will allow The Salvation Army, The Samaritans Foundation and Anglicare Sydney to provide emergency relief across the state.
MP David Bradbury said, “We will be able to reach out to families on the verge of homelessness, work with them closely and help them get back on their feet. Assistance will be provided to families to avoid the immediate threat of eviction, to pay bonds, connect utilities and help with relocation costs. This will help give families and children a stable environment, keeping them connected with their schools and other family and community support networks.”
The package is part of an $80.4 million commitment to provide emergency relief and financial counseling services across the country in response to the global economic downturn.
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 strengthens 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.