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To promote common sense moral values.
The primary purpose of The Way to Happiness Foundation International is to raise the moral standards of society through the dissemination of a common-sense guide to better living called "The Way to Happiness," by L. Ron Hubbard.
The booklet consists of 21 precepts that help individuals establish personal and social values. For example, "Love and Help Children," "Do Not Murder," "Do Not Steal," and "Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others" are four of the guidelines.
During 2005, The Way to Happiness Foundation International oversaw the distribution of 2,096,800 "The Way to Happiness" booklets internationally to promote common sense moral values, reduce violence, and improve both individual and social relationships.
While The Way to Happiness Foundation International distributed the booklets directly to individuals, it also encouraged other entities to do the same. Of the copies that were distributed in 2005, many hundreds of thousands of copies were distributed by individuals, corporations and institutions to their clients, customers, friends, associates and the general public in their countries.
The breakdown of the distribution of "The Way to Happiness" books included the following:
735,800 books were distributed throughout Europe, Israel and Palestine. This distribution was part of our on-going campaign to help bring calm to an area of unrest and violence.
In Latin America 295,500 books were distributed. As part of this, the National Social Security Agency in Venezuela adopted The Way To Happiness as part of a program to train its own staff. They have funded the first 200,000 copies of the booklet which are in the process of being distributed.
In Mexico, tens of thousands of copies of The Way to Happiness were distributed to the public after an event where one of the performers had promoted the book as being very important to his life.
Over 5,000 The Way to Happiness booklets were distributed at an event for teachers organized by the SEP (Public Education Department) in Mexico.
7,000 The Way to Happiness booklets were distributed to 44 schools in 2 municipalities in the State of Mexico, Acambay and Atlacomulco, and nearly 2,000 more in another public school in Mexico city.
After the bombings in the London subway, 25,000 The Way to Happiness booklets were distributed.
56,800 booklets were distributed in Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
41,950 books were distributed in South Africa and Nigeria. The Education Trust Fund of Nigeria has funded broad use of The Way to Happiness including a Nigerian version of TWTH which was distributed to restive youth in Lagos. They also distributed their own customized cover which depicted the institution's building, at a national conference.
101,000 books were distributed in Great Britain, India and Pakistan.
6,250 books were distributed in Canada.
751,600 books were distributed directly from The Way to Happiness Foundation International's Glendale office.
"The Way to Happiness" book was also made available as an electronic book and thousands of books were distributed via the internet in over 90 different languages. Since the first booklet went on the Internet, over 63,000 readings of the booklets have been done.
By the end of 2005, The Way to Happiness booklet had been translated into 91 languages including into Braille in English.
Since The Way to Happiness customized cover campaign began 2 years ago, 660 different covers have been designed and distributed. This represents more than 500 different entities, including celebrities, community groups, nonprofit corporations, schools and businesses creating their own covers representative of their own message for distribution to their own customers and friends.
"The Way to Happiness" book with Holiday covers was produced and distributed again this year with two new special holiday covers in English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.
Total program service expenses for this program service were $548,897 in 2005 (including grants and allocations of $87,134).
The Way to Happiness Foundation International performed several public benefit services in the year 2005. The guidelines of "The Way to Happiness" encourage individuals to give back to their communities and support one another in achieving personal and community goals. The Way to Happiness Foundation International and its chapters throughout the world, follow these guidelines in the conduct of their affairs.
The following services were rendered in communities throughout the world in 2005.
In Israel, The Way to Happiness chapter ran competitions in schools based on the precepts of The Way to Happiness. These competitions were completed by the end of the school year, with the winners receiving their prizes. They also held a quiz for teachers throughout the country on The Way to Happiness booklet. All the teachers participating had to answer 10 questions based on the booklet's guidelines and how to use them to reduce violence in their classroom.
The Way to Happiness chapter in Israel then ran a talent competition for young people, where the winners get to record their songs on the subject of "No More Violence" in a professional studio. Every participant was asked to write a song, based on one of The Way to Happiness precepts. This competition was won by an 8 year-old second grader who performed an amazing song to stop violence in the schools in Israel. During an interview with a children's magazine in Israel, he stated that violence is constant and everywhere, and that it is very important for him to see that it stops.
The Way to Happiness volunteers performed beach clean-ups up and down the California coast.
The Education Trust Fund of Nigeria also funded the training of over 40 Nigerians on the delivery of The Way to Happiness seminars. 23 of the lecturers are students from Lagos University and they have thus far lectured to thousands of restive youth across the Nigerian state of Lagos with great success.
In Colombia, The Way to Happiness seminars have been delivered to a number of military camps, journalists, major schools and the staff of government offices.
The Way to Happiness seminars were delivered to 1,000 people in Los Angeles, California; to 600 people in Clearwater, Florida; and to 200 people in San Diego, CA.
Total program service expenses for this program service were $34,545 in 2005.
The Way to Happiness Foundation International sought to make "The Way to Happiness" book broadly known throughout the world, toward the end of increased individual and societal awareness of moral values.
The Way to Happiness Outdoors Club sponsored book distributions and events for inner city kids. These events involved hosting inner city kids on fishing expeditions and teaching the kids how to fish — in application of the precepts: Be Industrious and Be Competent. Each child also received his own copy of The Way to Happiness booklet.
One chapter, Concerned Businessmen's Association of America, ran "Set a Good Example" contests in Inglewood, CA and Harlingen, TX. Hundreds of entries were received for these contests.
In Venezuela, local groups aided by Celebrity spokesperson, Rudy Rodriguez, held workshops and events for children in cities around the country. Ms. Rodriguez was featured in newspaper articles in which she spoke about the importance of applying the precepts of The Way to Happiness.
In Costa Rica, booklets with the Police Department logo on them were printed and distributed at a major annual parade called the Festival of Lights. The police teamed up with volunteers, and with all wearing The Way to Happiness t-shirts, walked in the parade distributing The Way to Happiness booklets to the crowed. [sic]
As part of the public awareness campaign, The Way to Happiness running team ran in several marathons displaying t-shirts with the precepts of "The Way to Happiness" book. They ran in the LA Marathon, the Grand Canyon Marathon, and the Badwater Ultra-Marathon. At each marathon booklets were presented to officials and some of the runners to help them in bettering their lives and communities.
Throughout 2005, The Way to Happiness Foundation sponsored and/or participated in several festivals and activities through which the precepts of The Way to Happiness were promoted and applied. This included the following:
The co-sponsorship of the Glendale Neighborhood Services "Keep Glendale Clean" Youth Poster Contest and Annual Mid-Summer Night Art Exhibit & Silent Auction. Elementary school children all over Glendale participated in the annual "I Love My Neighborhood" Poster Contest sponsored by Neighborhood Services and the Committee for a Clean & Beautiful Glendale. This year's theme was "Graffiti Hurts Glendale" to educate students and their families about the problems caused by graffiti. Thousands of entries were submitted and the two finalists, one representing grades K-3 and one representing grades 4-6, were chosen from the participating school, park, or community-based organizations.
Participation in the Glendale Community Unity Fest, a local festival celebrating the ethnic and cultural diversity of the community.
A feature radio interview was done on Radio Manila promoting the principles of The Way to Happiness to an international Filipino audience.
A radio show on Iranian Radio promoting The Way to Happiness principles through the Farsi speaking community of Los Angeles.
The Way to Happiness Foundation had a feature article in the newspaper, Integrity, promoting the importance of responsibility in maintaining our freedom through utilization of the principles of The Way to Happiness.
Total program service expenses for this program service were $155,781 in 2005.