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Back to listFeb 7, 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds General Meeting


On February 7, 2010, SGI-Dominican Republic members held a general meeting at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center in Santo Domingo to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to their country on February 8, 1987.

The SGI movement in the Dominican Republic was launched by Japanese immigrants in the 1960s, many of whom settled on poorly suited land for farming. The handful of SGI members at that time struggled to make a living. As a result of the immigrants' persistence in their practice combined with hard work to establish their livelihoods, the SGI-Dominican Republic now consists of 1,500 members.

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Recently, in the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake in January, SGI-Dominican Republic provided Haiti with emergency relief aid such as canned food, powdered milk, crackers, and 2,400 bottles of water. Also, several SGI-Dominican Republic members have traveled to Haiti to assist in providing emergency medical assistance. At the gathering, an SGI-Haiti member who attended thanked the members for their continued support.

Roberto Reyna, former rector of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, participated in the meeting as a guest. In his remarks, he mentioned how he was inspired by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's dedication to encouraging and fostering capable youth. He stated that as long as there are young people, the future of peace for the Dominican Republic and the world is ensured.


[Adapted from an article in the February 13, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]