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India

A symposium on Mr. Ikeda's Peace Proposal held in IndiaA symposium on Mr. Ikeda's Peace
Proposal held in India

Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) focuses its activities on peace and education. BSG's local organizations regularly host various exhibitions promoting a culture of peace, nonviolence and sustainability at community and school levels. These exhibitions have been held in over 30 cities and been viewed by over half a million people.

On September 8 each year, BSG hosts a symposium on the annual peace proposal of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda that attracts a high level of attention from scholars and peace activists. Activities in Delhi schools range from hosting exhibitions in government schools and promotions of reading to a "Peace In Action" program launched in 2008 in St. Columba's School in New Delhi, with the aim of sensitizing students and equipping them with skills to deal with violence.

In 2000, BSG presented the director of UNESCO India with more than 100,000 signatures on the Manifesto 2000 pledge for a culture of peace. BSG youth have also been active in promoting the teachings of Gandhi in partnership with Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, chair of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies.

Bharat Soka Gakkai Official Website

 

Malaysia

International Calligraphy Joint Exhibition in MalaysiaInternational Calligraphy Joint
Exhibition in Malaysia

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) focuses on cultural outreach in order to strengthen friendship in the multi-cultural and multi-faith society of Malaysia. SGM regularly co-organizes charity cultural festivals. In 2001, the Wisma Kebudayaan SGM was established in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. This 12-story building hosts numerous public artistic and cultural activities every year. In July 2003, together with the Malaysian Interfaith Network and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, SGM co-organized the "World Religions--Universal Peace--Global Ethic Exhibition" at the Wisma Kebudayaan. A series of film shows and lectures on major world religions accompanied the exhibition.

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Official Website

 

Singapore

SSA volunteers visit a senior center SSA volunteers visit a senior center as part of an interfaith community event

The Singapore Soka Association (SSA) actively participates in and supports interfaith dialogues with local Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian groups. In March 2008, SSA youth helped organize a "Youth for Peace Interfaith Symposium" which attracted 4,000 participants from different faiths. SSA has worked closely with Singapore Red Cross Society and Mercy Relief, a Singapore-based organization promoting humanitarian relief and development projects in Asia. In response to the Asian tsunami disaster of late 2004, SSA raised S$249,000 (approx. US $151,000) in donations and collected 54 tons of relief items, which were shipped to Sri Lanka through Mercy Relief. SSA also has a Soka Volunteer Group created in 2003, through which members participate in regular activities such as befriending services in hospices and at a training center for people with disabilities.

Singapore Soka Association Official Website

 

Taiwan

Taiwan sponsors summer camps at rural elementary schoolsTSA sponsors summer camps
at rural elementary schools

Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) has contributed greatly to humanitarian relief, notably after the devastating September 1999 earthquake. In response to the damage caused by Typhoon Morakot in August 2009, TSA created temporary emergency centers in five of its community centers in the disaster area. Every summer, members of TSA's student division assist children in remote regions where the educational infrastructure is inadequate, sponsoring summer camps for children which feature athletic events, chemistry workshops, dances and games. TSA has also consistently promoted educational and cultural exchanges with China. In addition, TSA holds regular community friendship festivals in many locations, partnering with local hospitals, schools and arts groups and offering cultural performances or displays in order to strengthen community ties.

Taiwan Soka Association Official Website

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