Church executives issued a call to arms and a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) immediately mobilized and deployed for the disaster site in the Church’s bright yellow van.
The Church arranged a twice-weekly bus to continue to bring Volunteer Ministers and humanitarian supplies to the area.
On the ground, VMs helped the Civil Defense team from the state of Caquet set up two large relief tents where pregnant women could receive the care they needed.
Members of the Civil Defense of the state of Nario, who partner with the Volunteer Ministers Amazon Goodwill Tour and are trained to deliver assists, traveled from Leticia to Bogot where they joined a team of VMs traveling to Mocoa on a Church-chartered bus. The mayor of Puerto Nario helped make it possible for them to do this by offering to support their families while the team is away.
The VMs took on running a dining room set up by the police to feed local residents. They are also working with the Red Cross and other volunteer groups and helping at a shelter housing 185 families who lost their homes.
A global network of Volunteer Ministers mobilizes in times of man-made and natural disasters, answering the call wherever needed. Collaborating with some 1,000 organizations and agencies, they have utilized their skill and experience in providing physical support and spiritual aid at hundreds of disaster sites.