Health and HIV:
Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) supports health programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, partnering with The Salvation Army to provide holistic, quality primary health care that ensures accessibility for families and communities in need.
Working as a facilitator, they help communities identify, prioritize and find solutions to their most pressing health needs – from maternal and child health to HIV and non-communicable diseases. They also work to combat the spread of disease with information, vaccination, medication, clinical intervention and spiritual counseling.
For example, in Sri Lanka, they supported Salvation Army personnel making community outreach in an area beset with deadly kidney disease, identifying cases early and referring them for life-saving treatment.
In Angola, The Salvation Army is an esteemed partner in a high-profile project to eliminate polio by increasing immunization and conducting surveillance.
In Eastern Uganda, their SCORE Project – funded by USAID – provides services to vulnerable children and families – many affected by HIV and AIDS.
Disaster Relief and Recover:
Through Disaster Relief & Recovery programs, SAWSO helps communities, families, and individuals respond and recover as quickly as possible from disasters and to implement integrated, community-led programs that increase their capability to recover and be prepared if and when catastrophic events occur in the future.
Over the last 10 years The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) has provided $89.8 million in support to the victims of disasters such as the Southeast Asian tsunami, the Haiti earthquakes, the Japan tsunami, the Pakistan floods, the Philippines typhoon, the Ebola outbreak, and the most recent earthquake in Nepal.
Livelihoods and Anti-Human Trafficking:
SAWSO believes freedom is the necessary foundation for an individual to experience self-actualization, self-realization and sustainable livelihood. They believe the chains of poverty, destitution and abuse must be broken in order for one to excel, that once freed, one is capable of knowing their value, developing personally, seizing opportunity, and becoming financially sound. They work to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities by helping them acquire the skills and assets needed to be free from oppressive labor, recover from setbacks, and create a better future for the next generation.
Their Livelihoods programs encourage individual self-sufficiency through literacy, micro-finance, and business skills training, while empowering communities to identify and solve their own problems.
They actively seek to prevent and protect victims of human trafficking with projects that support The Salvation Army’s established centers in the heart of the red light districts around the world. Through skills building, vocational training and income generation, women are given a path to return home, attend school or earn a living in other ways.
The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) seeks to support, empower and equip Salvation Army schools to provide high-quality, holistic, faith-based and family-focused education for all young people in a safe and secure environment.
They strive to build the capacity of teachers and staff of Salvation Army schools; to provide education and skills training in safe settings for out-of-school and vulnerable children and youth; to facilitate access to higher education and vocational training for post-secondary students; and to increase community support for education through partnerships between Salvation Army schools and the community.View website View annual report