A group of volunteers who believe in the religion of scientology are in the country to help combat the social ills that plague today’s world.
Co-ordinator of volunteer programme Donovan Reed said the volunteer programme was established in response to rising crime and violence in society.
Scientology, a religion founded by L.Ron Hubbard, is centred on the belief in the power of a person’s spirit to clear itself of past painful experiences through self-knowledge and spiritual fulfilment.
Mr Reed said Mr Hubbard wanted to provide societies around the world with practical solutions and tools for helping people based on understanding and compassion.
The scientology volunteer ministers movement has been taken all around the world, through Europe and Russia, Africa, South-East Asia and now the South Pacific.
State Minister for Sports Rajesh Singh, who was a guest at the group’s welcoming ceremony yesterday, said the group’s arrival was good timing given that Fiji was faced with increasing social ills.
He said he was privileged to welcome the scientology group who launched their Pacific goodwill tour of 10 Pacific Island Nations in Fiji.