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Niwano Peace Foundation Announces Recipients of Year's Second-Term Grants

October 2016

Niwano Peace Foundation Announces Recipients of Year's Second-Term Grants

The Niwano Peace Foundation recently announced the details of the second of its biannual grant programs this year. It allocated 6.94 million Japanese yen (about $67,390) in activity grants to 12 organizations. The grants are being used for one year of activity beginning November 1.

During the application period, the foundation received 108 applications from organizations in Japan and other countries. After careful consideration, the foundation chose the following 12 recipients on September 30.


1. Rabbis for Human Rights (Israel): 720,000 Japanese yen to support its project Olive Trees - Symbols of Peace: Bringing Israelis and Palestinians Together to Promote Tolerance and Defend Human Rights.

2. Fukushima Booklet Committee (Japan): 720,000 Japanese yen for sharing with the world lessons from the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in 2011.

3. Victims' Association for Peace and Reconciliation (Colombia): 670,000 Japanese yen to promote a reconciliation project for women affected by armed violence in Colombia whose husbands and children were abducted.

4. Peace and Reconciliation Movement Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone): 640,000 Japanese yen for a project to promote peaceful coexistence in the community of Kakua Chiefdom, Bo District, southern Sierra Leone.

5. Muslims Sharing Skills for Peace and Development Inc. (Philippines): 690,000 Japanese yen to support interfaith volunteer work by young people to promote interreligious understanding and peace in the southern Philippines.

6. Rukmini Foundation (United States): 610,000 Japanese yen to support its campaign to protect young girls in Nepal from child marriage. Intervention in Tamang and Balami villages in Pharping, Nepal.

7. NPO Saitama Youth Support Net (Japan): 400,000 Japanese yen to support poor young people by giving them experience as farmworkers.

8. NPO Psiquearte (Venezuela): 290,000 Japanese yen to support its project Peace Deep into the School, a peace-building activity to provide psychological-support-arts-based intervention services to families and communities affected by violence, disasters, and human rights violations.

9. Japan Iraq Medical Network (Japan): 700,000 Japanese yen for a project to support injured or disabled Syrian refugees in Jordan.

10. NPO Peace Depot (Japan): 300,000 Japanese yen for research and raising public awareness for making northeast Asia a nuclear-weapons-free zone.

11. Generations For Peace (Jordan): 780,000 Japanese yen for a project of community outreach initiatives for interreligious peace and cooperation in Old Tbilisi in partnership with Generations for Peace - Georgia.

12. Women without Poverty (Uganda): 420,000 Japanese yen to support the Sabiny women's rights enhancement project.


The Niwano Peace Foundation aims to promote interreligious understanding and cooperation by encouraging individuals and groups inspired by religious faith to contribute to world peace. Grants are allocated twice a year for programs that contribute to social welfare and peace activities in a religious spirit, and for regional empowerment. The foundation's grants are administered by Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace.

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