Mission Team Returns from Life-Changing Trip to Cuba



    23 Member Team Completes Projects in Three Cuban Cities

    TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - A Salvation Army mission team, comprised of 23
local GTA residents returns from Cuba later today following a 21-day trip to
three Cuban cities.
    The team completed building renovation and repair work at Salvation Army
church and community services facilities in Parraga, Bejucal and Havana. In
addition to the infrastructure projects, the team supplied and installed a
computer lab at the Salvation Army community services building in Havana that
will be used in a computer literacy and training program.
    The Salvation Army partnered with Canadian natural resource company
Sherritt International to complete the project. The project was largely
financed by individual team members who each contributed approximately $2000,
with additional financial assistance from three private donors.
    "This was an incredible opportunity to contribute to infrastructure and
program improvements that will help so many people in need" said Captain John
Murray, Mission Cuba team leader and Salvation Army spokesperson. "Canadians
are among the most frequent visitors to Cuba each year so it was especially
rewarding to complete this project".
    Mission Cuba team members were recognized with a dinner at Protocol House
in Havana this past Friday which was attended by the Canadian Ambassador to
Cuba, Mr. Jean-Pierre Juneau. Canadian Salvation Army leaders, Commissioners
William and Marilyn Francis, officially re-opened the improved buildings
Saturday as the mission team members prepared to return home.
    Cuba is one of 118 countries around the world in which The Salvation Army
operates. The Salvation Army operates 14 churches in Cuba, 14 community
service outposts, a seniors home, 2 addiction rehabilitation programs and has
29 active and 7 retired officers (ordained pastors).
    Mission Cuba team members will arrive at 4:35 p.m. this afternoon at
Pearson International Airport. (Flight AC971)

    About The Salvation Army:

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 118 countries around the world. The
Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often
tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless
people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to
an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the
future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
    News releases, articles and updated information can be found at
www.SalvationArmy.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Captain John Murray, Divisional
Secretary for Public Relations and Development, (C) (416) 998-0117; Michael
Maidment, Area Director, Public Relations, (C) (613) 795-8898


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