SGI Organizations Support Haiti Relief Efforts
On January 15, 2010, Soka Gakkai Vice President Kenji Yoshigo visited Jean Claude Bordes, Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Tokyo, Japan, to pledge a contribution of 3 million yen (US$32,900) toward government-organized relief activities for the earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday January 12, 2010.
On January 17, in ceremonies held in Japan to commemorate the victims of the massive earthquake which hit the port city of Kobe, Japan, on January 15, 1995, Soka Gakkai members offered special prayers for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
In the Dominican Republic, SGI-Dominican Republic members have donated 2,400 bottles of water, canned food, powdered milk, and crackers to the NPO Socio Cultural Movement for Haitian Workers (MOSCTHA). Four of the members, including two doctors, have traveled to Haiti with MOSCTHA's team to assist with the provision of emergency medical assistance. SGI-Venezuela has also pledged a donation of foodstuffs, diapers and sanitary towels through the Venezuelan Red Cross.
In addition, SGI-USA has donated US$10,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund and held extended prayer sessions for the repose of the victims. On January 18, SGI-Hong Kong has also contributed HK$200,000 (US$25,750) to the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF in support of relief activities. Lastly, on January 22, Taiwan Soka Association donated 1 million Taiwanese dollars (US$31,420) for relief efforts through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is responsible for humanitarian assistance.
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[Adapted from a report from the SGI Office of Public Information]