As you may have suspected, this is not about the families scientology has destroyed with its toxic disconnection policy. Parents and children forced to separate. Or children abandoned by their parents who are in the Sea Org.
No, this is another scientology effort to gain positive publicity for itself by sending out a paid press release in the hope that some news starved media outlet will pick it up, check no facts, and simply reproduce it.
World Orphans Day Celebrated at Scientology Volunteer Ministers’ Open House
ET | Source: Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
Scientology Volunteer Ministers with Haitian children for 2010 earthquake relief
Of the 8 million orphans worldwide, 32,000 children are in 760 orphanages in Haiti. 80% of “orphans” have at least one parent, but the parent is too poor to adequately care for their child. Ms. Berthelot and her partner Rev. Marie Jessie Pierre started their orphanage in 2008.
Ms. Berthelot informed the guests about conditions in Haiti, a country of 10 million, of which 100,000 children under five suffer from acute malnutrition and one-third of the population is under 15 years old.
Ms. Berthelot said, “I couldn’t agree with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers’ motto more – ‘Something can be done about it’. Haitian Mission Par La Foi is doing something about the terrible conditions in my country. We have provided free education for 144 children and currently house 25 orphans.
Ms. Berthelot gave several examples of the children taken in by her orphanage. One child arrived at the orphanage when he was 9. He had not attended school up until then. Today he is 17 and preparing to take his baccalaureate in 2017. Ms. Berthelot proudly said, “I cannot say enough about him. He is worth saving.” She reached out to the audience to help in the upgrading of her mission.
For more information and a tour of the center, call 727-467-6965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center is located at 101 N. Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, FL 35755.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers
The Scientology Volunteer Minister program was created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, who described the Volunteer Minister as “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.”
The program is a broad initiative bringing effective physical and spiritual assistance to anyone, anywhere. Within this network are the Volunteer Minister Disaster Response Team who work with community leaders, government officials, relief organizations and other volunteer groups to provide physical support and meaningful spiritual aid through their organization, skill and experience. One such disaster response was for the Haitian earthquake in 2010.
For more information contact: Pat Harney 727-467-6860
There are a few remarkable things about this press release.
1. Though there was a major hurricane in Haiti just a few months ago, apparently the “largest private relief force on earth” did absolutely NOTHING because the ONLY photo they could dig up of any Volunteer Ministers in Haiti was from 2010. Oh, thought nobody would notice.
2. Apparently they did NOTHING for this orphanage other than invite someone to give a speech about it so they could promote their “good work” (?) with orphans for World Orphan Day. Meanwhile, Laurie Webster and Co were going full blast collecting money for the “L. Ron Hubbard Hall” – just imagine what the $50,000 these people forked over for Miscavige’s new “state-of-the-art” auditorium (which will not be opened until someone sues them based on the history with the SP Building) would do for those orphans.
Apparently there is no limit to the hypocrisy of this organization.
Nor to their willingness to churn out false PR to try and make themselves look good.