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Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace Donates 3 Million Japanese Yen for Drought Victims in Malawi and Mozambique

May 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 for interreligious cooperation, announced on May 31 that it had decided to allocate three million Japanese yen (about $28,686) to two NGOs for emergency relief of victims of severe drought in southeastern Africa.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 for interreligious cooperation, announced on May 31 that it had decided to allocate three million Japanese yen (about $28,686) to two NGOs for emergency relief of victims of severe drought in southeastern Africa. It will entrust two million yen to the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) for relief work in Malawi and one million yen to the Associação Cristã para o Desenvolvimento Comunitário (ACRIDEC) for relief work in Mozambique.

Widespread droughts hit parts of the world from last fall to March. In southeastern Africa, the yields of corn and other crops dropped drastically because of the severe water shortage. According to reports by UN agencies, some three million people in Malawi and some 1.5 million in Mozambique suffer from a lack of food. There is concern about the possible spread of diseases in these countries, and emergency services are needed.

MRCS will use the donation for its various relief operations in the Chikwawa District of Malawi, including the supply of school lunches for malnourished children, hygiene education, and the purchase of seeds for crops to be planted in school gardens. ACRIDEC will use the donation for food supply in the Gaza Province of Mozambique, the supply of seeds for drought-resistant crops, and an agricultural program using the seeds.

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