SGI-Dominican Republic Celebrates Anniversary of Landmark Visit
On February 12, members of SGI-Dominican Republic (SGI-DR) held celebratory meetings marking the 25th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country on February 8, 1987. The meetings were held at two locations in Santo Domingo--SGI-DR’s Culture Center and Oriental Center.
Mr. Ikeda sent a message commending SGI-DR members for their efforts to cherish each individual. He emphasized that anyone can work for world peace, that an individual's ability to do so does not depend on social standing or position and that such work begins with each person building trust and strengthening ties of friendship through sincere interaction and encouraging others.
SGI-DR General Director Pedro Familia and Women’s Leader Leiko Komatsu stated that the anniversary meetings were an opportunity for members to reflect on the development of SGI-DR and to renew their determinations for the future.
Since the time of Mr. Ikeda's visit to the Dominican Republic, SGI-DR has grown steadily. Currently, members are making great efforts to contribute to society, regularly participating in educational activities as well as reforestation efforts through planting trees. Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, they engaged in all-out relief activities together with SGI members in Haiti, donating water, emergency food supplies and tents among other items.
[Adapted from an article in the February 26, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]