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Humanitarian Activities | Jun 9 2008

SGI-USA Members Deliver Emergency Relief to Flood Victims in Iowa State, USA

For around three weeks from June 8, 2008, Iowa, USA, experienced continuous flooding throughout the state. Cedar Rapids, one of the cities hardest hit by flooding, reported 438 downtown city blocks underwater, including the city government building and the main public library. A relief team, led by SGI-USA Senior Vice General ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 25 2008

SGI Organizations Support Relief Efforts for Earthquake Victims in China

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) conducted a donation drive to collect funds to help victims affected by the May 12 earthquake that devastated Sichuan Province, China. The drive from May 12-19, 2008, raised Singapore $147,961 (US$108,566). The donations came from SSA members as well as the general public and were forwarded ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 19 2008

Soka Gakkai and Singapore Soka Association Contribute to Myanmar Cyclone Relief

On May 19, 2008, Soka Gakkai General Director Masaaki Masaki visited the Tokyo office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to make a donation of 3 million yen (US$28,800) in support of relief efforts following the May 2 cyclone which has devastated the Irrawaddy Delta area of Myanmar. UNHCR ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 15 2008

Soka Gakkai Donates 30 Million Yen for China Earthquake Relief

On May 15, 2008, the Soka Gakkai made a donation to the Chinese Government in response to Monday's devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province which officials say may eventually claim more than 50,000 lives. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada visited the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo to inform Ambassador Cui Tiankai of the ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 9 2008

Singapore Soka Association Assists Relief Activities for Cyclone Victims in Myanmar

The cyclone that hit Myanmar on May 3, 2008, has left tens of thousands dead and many more suffering from hunger and lack of potable water. Singapore Soka Association (SSA) has responded by assisting relief efforts organized by Mercy Relief, a Singapore-based organization promoting humanitarian relief and development projects in ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 12 2008

African Union Ambassador to the USA Meets with SGI-USA Youth

On March 12, 2008, Her Excellency Ambassador Amina Salum Ali met with SGI-USA youth leaders and staff at the SGI Plaza in Santa Monica, California. The ambassador serves as the envoy of the African Union to the USA in Washington, D.C. and represents more than 50 African countries. Prior to ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 7 2008

SGI-Bolivia Participates in Relief Activities for Flood Victims

In Bolivia, torrential rains that have persisted for three months have led to the most devastating floods to hit the country in 25 years, resulting in numerous landslides, impassable roads and vast agricultural areas under water. The damage is expected to increase. Together with the government, SGI-Bolivia initiated relief activities ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 6 2008

SGI-Macau Contributes Monetary Aid for Snow Disaster Victims in China

In January 2008, heavy snowstorms caused serious damage to about 20 provinces and cities in southern and central China, among the worst in 50 years. Blackouts and water shortages lasted for weeks and cold-related illnesses were rampant. More than a hundred million people were affected. SGI-Macau donated MOP230,000 (approximately US$29,170) to ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 4 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Contributes Money for Relief Efforts in China

On February 4, 2008, SGI-Hong Kong General Director Lee Kong Sau visited the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to donate HK$200,000 (approximately 2.8 million yen), in the wake of severe damage to parts of central and southern China resulting from heavy ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 31 2007

SGI Youth Support Relief Efforts in Flooded Tabasco State, Mexico

In December 2007, SGI-Mexico youth members organized relief activities in Tabasco State, Mexico. The area was suffering from the worst flooding in 50 years caused by torrential rains that hit southeastern Mexico in October. Even two months after the flooding, many were still affected by the disaster and living at ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 31 2007

SGI-USA Youth Participate in Wildfire Relief Efforts in Southern California, USA

From the inception of the wildfires, SGI-USA representatives in each locale worked to confirm the safety of SGI members and their neighbors. SGI-USA Vice General Director Cliff Sawyer, national Young Men's Division Leader Nathan Gauer and SGI youth volunteers mobilized in San Diego, which suffered the greatest damage. Many volunteers were ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 23 2007

Soka Gakkai Doctors and Nurses Provide Free Medical Care to Quake Victims

Relief and rescue efforts continue in Niigata Prefecture in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake measuring around 6.8 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 that hit the northwestern coast of Japan on July 16, 2007. The death toll stood at 11 on July 23. Several thousand evacuees are ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 17 2007

Soka Gakkai Initiates Relief Efforts Following Earthquake in Niigata Prefecture

On the morning of July 16, 2007, a powerful earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture, centered on the Chuetsu Coast in northwestern Japan. Measuring upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the temblor left at least 11 dead and injured more than 1,000, while ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 26 2007

City in Mississippi, USA, Thanks Local SGI-USA Members for Park Restoration

When Hurricane Katrina swept through the area on August 29, 2005, the small city with a population of around 6,500, lying on the Gulf of Mexico coast, was all but demolished. Of the original 8,000 homes, only 500 remained. With the support of government services and a coalition of volunteers, ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 30 2007

Recently Appointed Japan UNHCR Representative Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On January 30, 2007, Saburo Takizawa, the new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Japan, met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters, Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Mr. Takizawa began his post as representative of the UNHCR's Tokyo Office one week earlier. He is the ... read more