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Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace Announces Operational Plan for Fiscal 2016

February 2016

The Executive Committee of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace, chaired by Rev. Masahiro Nemoto, the organization's executive specialist in charge of interreligious cooperation, recently announced its operational plan for fiscal 2016, which in Japan begins on April 1.The Executive Committee of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace, chaired by Rev. Masahiro Nemoto, the organization's executive specialist in charge of interreligious cooperation, recently announced its operational plan for fiscal 2016, which in Japan begins on April 1.

The total budget for the plan is 317,206,000 Japanese yen (about $2,806,790). The peace fund will allocate the money for activities in the following 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. Based on its operational policy for 2013-17, the fund donates money with particular emphasis on poverty reduction, education, and emergency relief.

The Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace 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 executive committee will develop various activities in collaboration with many other organizations, including NGOs, under its midterm management plan for 2013-17, to foster peaceful coexistence worldwide in the spirit of the One Buddha Vehicle.

According to the UN report of July 2015 on UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as of then 836 million people still lived on less than the equivalent of $1.25 per day, many of them in African and Asian developing countries.

The Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace will therefore allocate money to the UN World Food Programme for poverty reduction, which provides school meals for malnourished children in Bhutan, and for agricultural, environmental, and regional development programs for sustainable organic farming in Laos and Cambodia. Money will be also allocated for the transport cost of blankets collected by the Japan Blankets for Africa Campaign.

The committee believes that education is important for ending poverty and building peace while respecting cultural, ethnic, and religious differences. The fund will also allocate money for Rissho Kosei-kai's Dream Bag Project for children afflicted by conflict and for the restoration of Cambodian Buddhist culture.

For emergency relief, the executive committee will allocate money for projects for natural disaster victims, including sustainable counseling, in 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 fund 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, and it will also allocate money for medical care of HIV/AIDS patients in Malawi and for the afforestation program in Ethiopia.

Poverty reduction: 37,630,000 yen

  • 26,630,000 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: 68,890,000 yen

  • 20,750,000 yen for the Dream Bag Project of Rissho Kosei-kai
  • 16,050,000 yen for One Vehicle volunteer work by Rissho Kosei-kai members
  • 3,350,000 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
  • 8,210,000 yen for the National Buddhist Institute of Cambodia to revive Buddhist culture

Emergency relief: 100,660,000 yen

  • 35,000,000 yen for humanitarian and reconstruction aid by JEN
  • 30,100,000 yen for condolence money to victims and for emergency grants by Rissho Kosei-kai
  • 35,560,000 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: 62,910,000 yen

  • 2,550,000 yen for activities of the Donate-a-Meal Movement at Rissho Kosei-kai facilities outside Japan
  • 19,860,000 yen for financial assistance of Rissho Kosei-kai's promotion of the Donate-a-Meal Movement in local communities
  • 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: 12,100,000 yen

  • 12,100,000 yen for promotion of the Donate-a-Meal Movement by Rissho Kosei-kai

Administrative expenses: 8,486,000 yen

  • 8,486,000 yen for administration of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace

Reserve fund: 10,000,000 yen

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