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Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace Donates More for Syrian Refugees

July 2016

Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace donates more for Syrian Refugees

 

On July 21, Rev. Nemoto visited the office in Tokyo of the UNHCR Japan Association for Refugees to meet with its director, Mr. Saburo Takizawa. Rev. Nemoto handed him a letter detailing the donation. Mr. Takizawa described the harsh conditions of refugees in the world today, such as the lack of opportunities for education and employment. He said UNHCR had started a scholarship project for refugees in Japan this year to enable them to receive higher education. Then Mr. Takizawa handed a letter of thanks to Rev. Nemoto and expressed appreciation for the fund’s support of UNHCR.

Rev. Nemoto then visited the UNHCR Representation in Japan’s office in Tokyo to meet its representative, Mr. Dirk Hebecker.

According to the UN, in the five and a half years since the outbreak of civil war in Syria, more than 4.8 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries, and there is no prospect of their returning home soon. In the neighboring countries, fears for deteriorating public security and loss of jobs to refugees have fueled growing public discontent over their increasing number.

In response, UNHCR has distributed food and daily necessities and provided temporary housing for Syrian refugees, and arranged education and counseling for refugee children. The donation from the Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace will be used for these purposes.

Since 2012, Rissho Kosei-kae has funded annual assistance for Syrian refugees, and the total amount of donations, including this year's five million Japanese yen, has surpassed 40 million Japanese yet ($392,300).

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