The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by William and his wife Catherine Booth. Soon the movement grew, and now operates in 118 countries; this is very remarkable for not-for-profit organization. It has stood the test of time whilst remaining close to its original mission.
As the name suggests, the Salvation Army has adopted a quasi-military form of structure and this is reflected in the use of ranks, uniforms and flags. The discipline associated with both the military mode is combined with organizational flexibility and for that reason the organization has became able to respond to crisis and disaster and became involved in international relief work.
It is a Christian mission working successfully across religious, language, national and ethnic, preaching the word of God in 175 languages, combining his evangelistic work in a busy social work, caring for the needs of people regardless of race, creed, status, colour, sex or age.
However the actual work of the Salvation Army is not simply evangelistic but heavily focused upon the relief of poverty and the provision of practical cost effective and skilled services.
The Salvation Army have worked tirelessly to alleviate human suffering, always motivated by the Good News of Jesus Christ and to persuade people to become his followers.
The Social Work of The Salvation Army is quite diverse, some of the main areas are:
it comprises the organization and maintenance programs to protect the family, maternity, childhood, adolescence and the elderly and needy in general, offering residential services, shelter and hospital provision.
Understands the organization and maintenance of programs of human development, such as student housing, long-stay institutions for the elderly and promotion of courses, seminars, professional training, among others.
They offer education programs, school support,...