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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.

Visit The Salvation Army's international website Support International Developement 

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 (as at 1 January 2015)

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) 13,826
Number of officers 26,675
Number of employees 116,647
Soldiers 1,056,722
Adherent members 156,842
Junior soldiers 378,811
Community development programmes 10,211 (beneficiaries: 2,016,867)
Homeless hostels 440(capacity: 24,860)
Residential addiction dependency programmes 234 (capacity: 14,108)
Children's homes 182 (capacity: 7,001)
Homes for elderly persons 200 (capacity: 11,605)
Mother and baby homes 47 (capacity: 1,372)
Refuges 95 (capacity: 2,247)
Community day care centres 619
Non-residential addiction rehabilitation centres 70
Services to the armed forces 56 projects
Disaster rehabilitation schemes 104
Prisoners visited 266,089
General hospitals 16
Maternity hospitals 26
Specialist hospitals 10

Source: The Salvation Army International 2016 Year Book

Supporting our international work

Salvation Army officer talking with community members in Tanzania

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) code of conduct which defines standards of governance, management, financial control, reporting and complaints handling for non government organisations working in the field of International Development.

Supporters have the option of designating their gift towards the international development work of The Salvation Army if they choose. 

Because of The Salvation Army's vast international network, supporters can have confidence in knowing that donations to The Salvation Army for international development are carefully managed every step of the way, and that The Salvation Army's strong infrastructure ensures maximum impact at the point-of-need.

Donate to our International Development work

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Gifts over $2 to the social work of The Salvation Army in Australia are tax deductible. Details

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