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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

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 30 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Engages in Relief Activities Following Massive Floods

In late December 2006, southwestern Malaysia experienced disastrous flooding, the worst in one hundred years. Not only low-lying regions but many towns and cities were affected, including Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Kulai and Muar. Floodwaters reached one-and-a-half to three meters and most areas were closed to traffic. Ten days after the ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 8 2006

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Contribute to Local Communities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members regularly visit children and the elderly in special care facilities, providing cheer and encouragement to residents. On October 8, 2006, SGM volunteers from Kulai and Saleng cities in Johor State visited residents at the Saleng Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Association, located in Johor Bahru. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 2 2006

Soka Gakkai Donates for Indonesian Earthquake Relief

On June 1 Soka Gakkai representatives donated US$30,000 (3,300,000 yen) to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Japan for earthquake relief following the severe quake that hit Central Java on May 27. The day after the quake, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Indonesia members in Yogyakarta formed a motor bike ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 21 2006

SGI President Sends Condolences to Republic of the Philippines President for Massive Landslide

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a condolence telegram, on behalf of the SGI, to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Republic of the Philippines, following the devastating landslide on Leyte Island on February 17, 2006. In his message, Mr. Ikeda expressed his deep sympathy for the victims and sincere prayers for ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 18 2006

Soka Gakkai Remembers Victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the eleventh anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. Soka ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 23 2005

Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra to Hold Free Concert in January 2006

The Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra will hold its annual free concert on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at Kobe Bunka Hall, Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. The program will include Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture" and Johann Strauss' "On the Beautiful Blue Danube." The original orchestra debuted ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Donates Funds for Pakistan Earthquake Relief

Soka Gakkai decided to donate 3.4 million yen (approx. US$ 30,000) to aid victims of the recent large-scale earthquake in Pakistan. On October 17, Soka Gakkai representatives, headed by Vice General Director Minoru Harada, called on Ambassador Kamran Niaz at the Pakistan Embassy in Minato Ward, Tokyo, to deliver the ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 15 2005

SGI-USA Donates Money for Hurricane Relief, Starts Toy Collection Drive

In response to the heavy losses caused by Hurricane Katrina when it hit the southern part of the US on August 29, SGI-USA has entrusted US$10,000 to the Red Cross for use in emergency relief operations to support victims of Hurricane Katrina. SGI-USA youth have has also launched a toy collection ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 10 2005

SGI-USA Musicians Perform for Evacuees

SGI-USA volunteers have continued to engage in relief activities following Hurricane Katrina that hit the coastal regions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, causing the most destruction in New Orleans where the levy system collapsed and submerged much of the city under water. On September 9, International Committee of Artists for ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 6 2005

Response to Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, causing unparalleled destruction and losses to the areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. Thousands lost their lives and many more were forced to evacuate. New Orleans is particularly affected, with much of the city still ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 1 2005

SGI-USA Participates in Hurricane Katrina Relief Activities

On August 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the southern Gulf Coast of the US. The onslaught destroyed much of the coast of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. To date, these areas are still plagued by massive flooding, with much of the infrastructure destroyed. In response, SGI-USA has set up two relief ... read more