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Our International Work

Our International Work

As an international movement organised around Christian principles, The Salvation Army is a mobilised force fighting injustice and inequality around the world without discrimination.

Today, The Salvation Army ministers in 128 countries around the world through a wide variety of spiritual and humanitarian programs ranging from day-care centres for children to nursing homes for the aged; programs to assist those with dependency issues, the homeless, and those without advocacy. More than 14 million people around the world are helped every year by The Salvation Army. 

From country to country, The Salvation Army is primarily driven by local people working passionately to make a difference. This means The Salvation Army in Australia is distinctly Australian, The Salvation Army in Africa is distinctly African, and The Salvation Army in Asia is distinctly Asian.

Empowering and equipping local people to impact their own community has always been a key focus of The Salvation Army, allowing the richness of true international partnership and collaboration while holding tightly to the importance of local community impact.

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International Disaster Response

Salvation Army officer providing assistance after a natural disaster in Indonesia

As an international organisation at work in 128 countries, when disaster strikes The Salvation Army is often positioned to respond quickly and effectively to assist local communities.

This map is provided by our International Headquarters and shows some of our emergency responses around the world, the most recent marked in yellow.

International statistics 

The statistics below provide an indication of the scope of The Salvation Army's international work.

The Salvation Army's work in various countries is tailored to the social and economic needs of local communities. This means the activities of The Salvation Army can be vastly different from country to country. For example, The Salvation Army runs 52 hospitals internationally, but does not administer any in Australia.

Number of corps (churches) 14,389
Number of officers 24,888
Number of employees 104,796
Soldiers 1,130,400
Adherent members 154,519
Junior soldiers 396,130
Community development programmes 2,762 (beneficiaries: 1,124,178)
Homeless hostels 313 (capacity: 20,198)
Residential addiction dependency programmes 196 (capacity: 14,249)
Children's homes 200 (capacity: 7,707)
Homes for elderly persons 151 (capacity: 8,452)
Mother and baby homes 38 (capacity: 1,057)
Refuges 72 (capacity: 2,148)
Community day care centres 901
Non-residential addiction rehabilitation centres 63
Services to the armed forces 11 chaplains, 26 mobile units
Disaster rehabilitation schemes 51
Prisoners visited 207,832
General hospitals 32
Maternity hospitals 16
Specialist hospitals 14

Source: The Salvation Army International 2017 Year Book, as at 1 January 2016

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