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Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace Presents Operational Report for Fiscal 2015

April 2016

The executive committee of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace, chaired by Rev, Masahiro Nemoto, Rissho Kosei-kai's executive specialist in charge of interreligious cooperation, recently presented its operational report for fiscal 2015, which in Japan ended March 31.The executive committee of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace, chaired by Rev, Masahiro Nemoto, Rissho Kosei-kai's executive specialist in charge of interreligious cooperation, recently presented its operational report for fiscal 2015, which in Japan ended March 31.

The total amount of allocations under its midterm management policy for 2013-17 is 300,547,985 Japanese yen (about $2,721,762). The fund donated the money with particular emphasis on poverty reduction, education/human development, and emergency relief.

The Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace makes use of donations collected through Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Movement. Rissho Kosei-kai members donate the money saved by forgoing a meal on several times every month, thinking of people afflicted by poverty or conflict. The executive committee has promoted various activities in line with the aim of "realizing a world of peaceful coexistence in the spirit of the One Buddha Vehicle." The donations have been allocated for Rissho Kosei-kai's original peace and social activities as well as relief activities in collaboration with UN agencies and NGOs.

Since 2015 was the year of the 40th anniversary of the first advocacy of the Donate-a-Meal Movement, Rissho Kosei-kai held a forum that year on the promotion of the campaign and furnished learning materials for the movement's workshops. The fund sent representative Rissho Kosei-kai members to Malawi to witness operations supported by the movement.

For poverty reduction, the committee allocated money for a joint regional development program for sustainable organic farming in Laos and Cambodia conducted by Rissho Kosei-kai and the Japan International Volunteer Center.

For education/human development, the committee allocated money for a joint project by Rissho Kosei-kai and the Japan Association for Refugees to support activities to help asylum seekers in Japan.

For emergency relief, the committee allocated 20 million Japanese yen (about $183,100) for the relief of Syrian refugee who have fled civil war to neighboring countries and Europe. The money was entrusted to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The UNHCR had supplied emergency kits, bedding, and set up 900 shelters. The WFP had distributed food for 2.10 million Syrian refugees in the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.

The fund also allocated money for many other projects, including financial support for the Gyeongju Nazareth Home Care Center for elderly Japanese women who had been married to Koreans and had to stay in South Korea after it gained independence from Japan after the Second World War.

Poverty reduction: 30,985,154 yen

  • 17,284,136 yen to the Japan Blankets for Africa Campaign's executive committee
  • 6,000,000 yen to the Japan International Volunteer Center for its agricultural, environmental, and regional development programs
  • 5,000,000 yen to the UN World Food Programme for a school meals program in Bhutan
  • 2,701,018 yen to the Red Cross Society of Malawi for a school meals program

Education/human development: 64,130,975 yen

  • 14,497,672 yen to the Dream Bag Project of Rissho Kosei-kai
  • 12,772,680 yen for oversea volunteer works of Rissho Kosei-kai youth members
  • 7,681,003 yen to the National Buddhist Institute of Cambodia to revive Buddhist culture
  • 5,800,000 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 to the Japan Association for Refugees for its support program
  • 5,234,800 yen to the Bataan Christian Youth Foundation Inc. to support youth development in the Philippines
  • 5,344,820 yen to the UN Relief and Works Agency for the training of Palestinian and Lebanon refugees as nurses
  • 1,300, 000 yen to NINJIN, a Tokyo-based NGO, for a training program, transportation, meals, and accommodation in Japan for leaders of a Mongolian association for parents of disabled children
  • 1,500,000 yen to the Philippines-Japan NGO Partnership for its fourth symposium

Emergency relief: 113,075,513 yen

  • 35,000,000 yen to JEN for humanitarian and reconstruction aid
  • 2,002,500 yen to the Malawi Red Cross Society for emergency relief of flood-damage victims in Malawi
  • 3,000,000 yen to JEN for emergency relief of internally displaced persons living in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region
  • 6,000,000 yen to UNHCR and the World Food Programme for emergency relief of victims of the massive earthquake in Nepal
  • 5,000,000 yen for emergency relief of victims of torrential rains in September 2015 in Japan's northern Kanto and Tohoku regions
  • 3,613,800 yen to the Japan-Congo Friendship Association for emergency relief of victims of a massive earthquake in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 20,000,000 yen to UNHCR and the World Food Programme for emergency relief of internally displaced persons in Syria
  • 3,000,000 yen to JEN for emergency relief of victims of a massive earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • 1,002,500 yen to the San Lorenzo Ruiz Learning Center Baco for emergency relief of victims of powerful typhoon Melor in the Philippines
  • 2,496,196 yen to the San Lorenzo Ruiz Learning Center Baco for an afforestation program in Alangan Mangyan in the Philippines
  • 3,028,000 yen to the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia to treat earthquake victims in the Kavrepalanchowk district of Nepal
  • 28,932,517 yen for a reconstruction project for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeast Japan in March 2011

Refugee assistance: 8,000,000 yen

  • 5,000,000 yen to UNHCR for refugee assistance
  • 3,000,000 yen to the UN Trust Fund for Human Security for a forum on refugee assistance

Environmental protection: 7,582,500 yen

  • 4,502,500 yen to the Relief Society of Tigray for its afforestation program in Ethiopia
  • 3,080,000 yen to the South Asia Network for Social and Agricultural Development to ensure a stable food supply for marginalized people through dairy farming and a biogas plant for sustainable agriculture and rural development

Health / Medical care / Social welfare: 34,610,000 yen

  • 1,662,500 yen to the Community of Sant'Egidio for medical care of HIV/AIDS patients
  • 29,505,000 yen in grants to the Gyeongju Nazareth Home Care Center, South Korea
  • 1,500,000 yen to SHARE for a nutrition program for children in Cambodian farming villages
  • 1,942,500 yen for renovation of the Gyeongju Nazareth Home Care Center

Arms reduction: 2,445,900 yen

  • 2,445,900 yen to the International Peace Bureau for a global campaign against military spending

Special category: 28,256,994 yen

  • 2,027,500 yen to the Donate-a-Meal Movement for activities at Rissho Kosei-kai facilities outside Japan
  • 12,829,494 yen to the Donate-a-Meal Movement for projects in Japanese local communities
  • 13,400,000 yen to the Niwano Peace Foundation for public and commission grants

Promotion expenditures: 7,229,208 yen

  • 7,229,208 yen to Rissho Kosei-kai to promote and publicize the Donate-a-Meal Movement

Administrative expenses: 4,231,741 yen

  • 4,231,741 yen for administration of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund

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