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Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace Announces Allocations for Fiscal 2017

February 2017

The steering committee of Rissho Kosei-kai’s Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace announced in February its operational plan for fiscal 2017, which in Japan begins on April 1. The total budget for the plan is 314,012,000 Japanese yen (about $2,739,740).

The fund uses the money collected through Rissho Kosei-kai’s Donate-a-Meal Movement. Members donate the money saved by forgoing a meal on two days every month, thinking of those who are suffering from hunger and poverty, and praying for peace. The steering committee will develop various activities in collaboration with many other organizations, including NGOs, under its midterm management plan for 2013–17, to promote peaceful coexistence worldwide in the spirit of the One Buddha Vehicle.

The steering committee will allocate the money for activities in the following ten categories: (1) poverty reduction, (2) education, (3) emergency relief, (4) environmental protection, (5) refugee assistance, (6) social welfare, (7) miscellaneous expenditures, (8) promotion of the Donate-a-Meal Movement, (9) administrative expenses, and (10) a reserve fund.

The committee will allocate money for agricultural, environmental, and regional development purposes, including sustainable organic farming projects in Laos and Cambodia, in recognition that poverty reduction is a primary goal worldwide. Furthermore, the committee will also allocate money to the UN World Food Programme, which supports the provision of school meals to malnourished children in Bhutan. Money will be also allocated for the transport of blankets collected by the Japan Blankets for Africa Campaign, in which Rissho Kosei-kai is a participating organization.

The Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace operates in the belief that education is important for ending poverty and building peace, and that to end poverty, it is necessary not only to support people in need but also to develop human resources that can help stabilize society. Furthermore, it believes in the need to help cultivate consideration for others, respecting all cultural, ethnic, and religious differences.

The committee will also allocate money for Rissho Kosei-kai’s Dream Bag project for children in other countries afflicted by conflict, and programs for refugee assistance in Japan. The Dream Bags, containing toys and school supplies, are prepared by schoolchildren throughout Japan.

For emergency relief, the committee will allocate money for projects for natural disaster victims, including sustainable counseling, in the areas of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures in northeastern Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, and it will also allocate money for reconstruction activities by local NGOs in those prefectures.

The committee will also allocate money for many other projects, including a budget for Dharma centers throughout Japan to independently allocate funds to local nonprofit organizations for social welfare work in their areas.

Poverty reduction: 37,850,000 yen

  • 26,850,000 yen to the executive committee of the Japan Blankets for Africa Campaign
  • 6,000,000 yen for the agricultural, environmental, and regional development program of the Japan International Volunteer Center
  • 5,000,000 yen for the school meals program of the UN World Food Programme in Bhutan

Education: 61,125,000 yen

  • 22,450,000 yen for the Dream Bag Project of Rissho Kosei-kai
  • 11,575,000 yen for One Vehicle volunteer work by Rissho Kosei-kai members
  • 6,570,000 yen to the Shanti Volunteer Association to support Buddhist education projects and rebuild the Buddhist Library in Cambodia
  • 5,000,000 yen to the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation to encourage NGOs in Japan
  • 5,000,000 yen for the Japan Association for Refugees’ support program
  • 5,520,000 yen for the Bataan Christian Youth Foundation’s scholarship program in Bataan Province, the Philippines
  • 5,010,000 yen for the training of Palestinian refugees as nurses by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East

Emergency relief: 93,357,000 yen

  • 30,000,000 yen for humanitarian and reconstruction aid by JEN
  • 30,100,000 yen for condolence money to victims of natural disaster in Japan and other countries, and for emergency grants by Rissho Kosei-kai
  • 33,257,000 yen for emergency relief activities and reconstruction assistance by Rissho Kosei-kai
  • Environmental protection: 4,510,000 yen
  • 4,510,000 yen for the afforestation program in Ethiopia by the Relief Society of Tigray
  • Refugee assistance: 5,000,000 yen
  • 5,000,000 yen for refugee assistance by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Social Welfare: 7,020,000 yen
  • 2,010,000 yen for medical care of HIV/ AIDS patients, by the Community of Sant’Egidio
  • 5,010,000 yen in special grants to the Kyongiu Nazareth Home Care Center for Japanese women left behind in South Korea after World War II

Miscellaneous expenditures: 80,950,000 yen

  • 2,550,000 yen for activities of the Donate-a-Meal Movement at Rissho Kosei-kai facilities outside Japan
  • 37,900,000 yen for the budgets of Dharma centers throughout Japan for them to independently allocate funds to local NGOs for social welfare work in their areas
  • 10,400,000 yen by the Niwano Peace Foundation to various organizations that solicit it for grants
  • 30,100,000 yen for extra grants by Rissho Kosei-kai

Public Relations: 7,802,000 yen

  • 7,802,000 yen for promotion of the Donate-a-Meal Movement by Rissho Kosei-kai

Administrative expenses: 6,398,000 yen

  • 6,398,000 yen for administration of Rissho Kosei-kai’s Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace

Reserve fund: 10,000,000 yen

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