IES Vision statement

IES will ensure that people affected by disasters and conflict around the world have the right to a self-determined life with dignity.  We empower individuals and communities to experience life in all its fullness through meeting immediate needs and building resilience in relationship with others and without discrimination.

IES Mission statement

The mission of IES is to provide support and assistance to territories, regions and other countries affected by disaster and conflict. In participation with others this will be achieved through raising awareness of our vision and by providing support, coordination and facilitation of programmes, training and resources.

IES Theology

In response to the calling of God, the International Emergency Services of The Salvation Army is committed to playing its part in fulfilling God’s purpose for his world by responding according to the pattern described by:

Jesus when he commended those who give aid to others -
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." (Matt 25:40 – NIV)

The Early Church when they provided help for those affected by a Judean famine -
“The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.” (Acts 11:29 – NIV)

The Salvation Army Mission Slogan -
“Save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity”

IES Philosophy

The work of the IES section is built on a rights-based and people-centred approach which leads to a disaster response according to needs of the affected community. We work to a set of internationally recognised standards based on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and the humanitarian imperative, recognising the rights of all people affected by disaster or conflict. These common principles and rights are perhaps best reflected in the following summary:

  • The right to life with dignity
  • The right to receive humanitarian assistance
  • The right to protection and security

IES is encouraging a strong link between relief, recovery and long-term development with a focus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).