Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace Details Its Contributions for Disaster Victims
The executive committee of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace, chaired by Rev. Yuji Numata, director of the Dharma Missions Bureau, recently announced that it had allocated 501,094,060 Japanese yen to local governments and NGOs of the areas afflicted by the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
On March 23, 2011, Rissho Kosei-kai decided to donate from the Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace 500 million Japanese yen for the relief of disaster victims. Since then, the fund has contributed 370 million yen to countermeasures headquarters of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Chiba prefectures and also of 111 cities, towns, and villages. It has also donated money to 11 local NGOs that have engaged in relief work in the disaster areas, as well as fishermen's cooperative associations and unions of seafood processors in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, and other coastal cities.
The executive committee reported that its contribution had also been used to finance Rissho Kosei-kai's various support activities, such as the purchase of relief supplies soon after the disaster, relief activities by the organization's members and the headquarters staff, and charity concerts by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in the disaster areas.
The Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace operates with money contributed by Rissho Kosei-kai members through the Donate-a-Meal Movement.
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