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Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace Donates One Million Japanese Yen for Philippine Typhoon Victims

January 2016

The Executive Committee of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace, chaired by Rev. Masahiro Nemoto, executive specialist in charge of interreligious cooperation, announced on January 12 that it had decided to allocate one million Japanese yen (about $8,550) for emergency relief of the victims of Typhoon Melor, which hit the Philippines on December 14.

Typhoon Melor devastated many places in the country, causing floods and landslides. According to a report by the Philippines' national disaster countermeasures headquarters, as of December 24, 42 people had perished, 24 were injured, four were missing, about 740,000 were living in shelters. About 280,000 houses were damaged or had collapsed. In Baco, in the province of Oriental Mindoro, houses and farmlands of the aborigine Alangan Mangyans were heavily damaged, and Alangan Mangyans suffered severely from a lack of foods and blankets.

The donation from the Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace was entrusted to the San Lorenzo Ruiz Learning Center Baco for restoration of damaged houses in Baco from mid-January to mid-March. The center will also provide foods, blankets, mats, and mosquito nets for Alangan Mangyans equivalent to the value of labor for restoration of their farmlands and planting.

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