Scientology volunteers run three free schools in the slums of Kolkata, where they use study tech developed by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, to give youngsters the tools they need to make it out of the slums.
In India, where 135 million children do not attend school, twenty-five percent of the population lives below the poverty line and roughly 1.2 million children under age 15 have lost one or both parents, a group of Scientology Volunteer Ministers are determined to make a difference. They are using study tech to give homeless children the opportunity to succeed.
The Sealdah Railway Station in the city of Kolkata, India, where some 2 1/2 million people board a train each day, is “home” to many of Kolkata’s homeless orphans. Every morning a group of Scientology volunteers start their day by operating a free school on platform 14, where the breakfast they provide is probably the only meal these children will have all day.
The Church of Scientology has issued a number of press releases over the last few months relating to their work in India, such as the recent announcement that the Scientology Volunteer Ministers had been working with officers from the Delhi police. They are similarly expanding in a number of areas outside of the usual Europe/North America sphere, being recently turned back by the Cook Islands and, in 2007, meeting local opposition in Samoa.