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SGI Organizations Give Donations for Japan Earthquake Relief

110321x_ssa_donation.jpg SSA General Director Ong Bon Chai (second from right) presenting donations to MR Adviser Adullah Tarmugi (third from left) (March 21)

In response to the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis which devastated parts of northeastern Japan on March 11, SGI organizations throughout the world have been making donations to various NGOs to aid in relief activities. 

On March 17, SGI-USA donated US$50,000 to AmeriCares, to support the organization's disaster relief and humanitarian aid efforts in Japan.

SGI-USA General Director Danny Nagashima commented, "We sincerely hope this contribution will help provide immediate additional assistance and relief to those most in need after this disaster."

11march_x_marcy_relief.jpg Mercy Relief staff member handing out toys to child evacuees [©Mercy Relief]

A donation by SGI-Canada was also made in the amount of Canadian $10,000 (US$10,200) to the Canadian Red Cross on March 18.

On March 21, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) General Director Ong Bon Chai presented a check for donations amounting to S$200,000 (US$160,000) to humanitarian NGO Mercy Relief (MR), with whom SSA has a long history of collaboration in disaster relief. The check was received by MR Advisor Abdullah Tarmugi, who is the Speaker of Parliament. Two Mercy Relief teams are already distributing relief goods in affected areas of Japan.

A donation counter was set up at the SSA Headquarters from March 14-31 for members who wished to contribute towards the earthquake relief efforts. Members of SSA have also been holding regular prayer sessions at five SSA centers for the speedy recovery of all those affected.

110326x_sgm_donation_to_MRCS.jpg Soka Gakkai Malaysia presenting donations to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (March 25)

From March 16-22, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members nationwide held a donation campaign and raised 1,050,000 Ringgit (US$346,700) which was given to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society on March 25. The donation was received by Yang Mulia Tunku Tan Sri Dato' Shariman b Tunku Sulaiman, National Chairman of Malaysian Red Crescent Society.

Special prayer sessions were also held at over 70 SGM centers throughout Malaysia in memorial of those lives lost in the earthquake and tsunamis and to pray for the rapid recovery of all those affected.

110321x_philippines_donations.jpg SGI-Philippines presenting donations to the Philippines Red Cross (March 21)

SGI-Philippines made a donation of 1 million Philippine Pesos (US$23,000) to the Philippines Red Cross on March 21 and SGI-Thailand donated 1.5million baht (US$49,000) to the Japanese Embassy on the same day.  SGI organizations in India and Brazil are also collecting donations.

In many countries, SGI members are being advised to make donations to humanitarian agencies of their own choice.

In Japan, Soka Gakkai facilities and members continue to participate in the ongoing efforts to provide assistance. For more information please visit:

http://www.sgi.org/news/press-releases/press-release-2011/soka-gakkai-earthquake-relief-efforts-to-date.html

[Adapted from reports from SGI-USA, SGI-Canada, Singapore Soka Association and SGI-Philippines; photos courtesy of Mercy Relief, SSA, SGI-Philippines and Soka Gakkai Malaysia]