The Salvation Army is responding to the drought crisis in East Africa by providing water to the people of the Turkana region of northern Kenya. Due to the current scarcity, people in this region are forced to travel more than two miles on average to access water. As a result, schools are closing because they lack the funds to pay food and water bills.
The Salvation Army is funding almost $50,000 to cover the fuel, labor, and maintenance costs for water tanks and tractors for six months. Water will be collected from boreholes, transported to the large water tanks, and taken to communities and schools in Turkana. Some of the funds will improve storage facilities of schools and villages.
This plan will provide around 5,000 villagers and 2,000 schoolchildren with clean, safe water. The efforts will also decrease the distance travelled to fetch water and reduce the risk of women being abused as they seek water in isolated locations.
Donations to the Africa Disaster Fund at International Headquarters can be made online at www.salvationarmy.org.
The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta, GA swung open the doors on August 6 and embraced the public after seven years of planning and developing the 100,000-square-foot center.
Over 9,000 guests visited throughout the day and night, munching on hotdogs and celebrating the Center’s opening. First-arrivers were entertained with a performance by the Salvation Army Band in the impressive Franklynn Hall Arts and Worship Center. Augusta Green Jackets team members signed autographs for a long line of eagerly awaiting fans. Guests were even offered free massages!
The day ended with a rockin’ performance by local band Cowboy Mouth and an impressive fireworks show timed to traditional Salvation Army Brass Band music. By the first full day of operation, 1,004 memberships were sold representing 2,374 members!
“Our Grand Opening far exceeded my expectations. After planning for so long and after our team had put so much work and heart into this project since its beginning, it was an amazing feeling and a beautiful sight to behold. It was fun, it was filled with laughter, learning and depth and with over 9,000 guests coming onto the campus that day, my heart was blessed. I was reminded over and over again of this wonderful gift from Joan Kroc and the blessing the Lord has bestowed upon the Greater Augusta Area because of that gift”, said Captain Todd Mason, Kroc Center and Area Administrator.
The massive structure which sits on 17 acres in historic Harrisburg boasts a spectacular pool and waterslide, gymnasiums and fitness centers, recreational rooms for kids and adults, an amphitheater, and a banquet hall.
In keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center provides facilities, programs and services that encourage positive life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families, and enrich the lives of seniors.
Click here to learn more about the Salvation Army Kroc Centers nationwide.
The Salvation Army is assisting the emergency services, residents and local communities in London and other parts of the country during the aftermath of unrest in London and other parts of the country. Salvation Army emergency mobile response vehicles have been deployed and situated in secure areas.
“We are working closely with Haringey Council to support local residents and businesses as they rebuild their lives and the community after the turmoil of recent days. Salvation Army staff and volunteers are offering practical and emotional support to all who require assistance, including people who have been traumatized, made homeless or suffered other loss as a result of the unrest”, said Major Muriel McClenahan, The Salvation Army’s director of emergency services in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland.
“There are dozens of people bringing donations and leaving in tears at the goodness that is felt. There are many young people here, helping to sort out the donations.”
The Community Assistance Center will help local people with a wide range of issues – from emergency housing for residents whose homes were damaged by the disturbances to advice from a team of social workers. The center will also act as a focal point for the many offers of donations which have been made by both businesses and individuals in the community.
Major McClenahan added, “Where it has been safe to do so, and with the guidance of the London Fire Brigade, Salvation Army emergency relief teams have been providing food, drinks and support to emergency services personnel as they respond to fires and incidents. We are continuing to monitor the situation and are ready to respond as required by the authorities and emergency services”.
Across the country Salvation Army personnel are meeting with community leaders and local authorities to offer support to rebuild shattered communities.
To read the full report from International Headquarters, click here.
The Salvation Army of Carlisle, PA received a fabulous makeover thanks to one hard-working high school Senior. After months of planning, organizing and 300 hours of physical labor, Christopher Kaufman reflects on the Eagle Scout project that took him over two years to accomplish.
“It definitely took up some of my free time this summer, but it was worth it.”
From conception to completion, Chris planned every detail of the renovation which included raising the funds, doubling the size of the display area, adding closet style areas, bins and shelving, installing counters, repainting, and waxing the floors.
And the employees are grateful too! “It’s wonderful. The goal was to give people the feeling of being in a boutique and Chris has more than accomplished that”, said Maureen Mahr, Business Administrator for the Salvation Army.
Many people think the thrift stores are simply tangible donations but there’s more to the story. If you’d like to learn more about how the Salvation Army thrift stores benefit Adult Rehabilitation Centers, visit www.satruck.org.