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Back to listOct 12, 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Named Excellent Community Organization for 16th Consecutive Year

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Deputy Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-Lang (left) and TSA Vice General Director Chen Jen-Jen (right)

On October 12, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) was given the Excellent Community Organization award by the Interior Ministry of Taiwan. TSA was among several organizations chosen from over 9,000 and the only organization to have been honored for 16 consecutive years.

The ceremony was held at the Civil Service Development Institute, Howard International House, in Taipei. In attendance was Deputy Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-Lang who presented the award to TSA Vice General Director Chen Jen-Jen. Mr. Chien lauded TSA and the other award recipients for their services to the community and, in particular, noted their promptness in responding to natural disasters when humanitarian relief is most needed.

Every year, TSA student members make use of their summer vacation to visit schools in remote mountainous areas and offshore islands to conduct summer camps for their students, many of whom come from under privileged backgrounds. The purpose of the summer camps is to enrich educational opportunities for these students.

TSA is also actively promoting awareness of social issues such as nuclear abolition and sustainable development in the community. From 2008 to 2009, TSA promoted the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," produced by the SGI, which examines the nuclear weapons issue through the perspective of human security. The exhibition toured Taiwan and was shown in venues including schools and universities. In 2010, TSA launched a new exhibition that was created jointly by SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative called "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change." This exhibition, centered on the theme of sustainable development, emphasizes the importance of ordinary people making efforts toward this endeavor. To date, both exhibitions have been viewed by over tens of thousands of people.

[Adapted from an article in the October 22, 2010, issue of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photo courtesy of Harmony Press]