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Nepal Earthquake Relief

SGI-Nepal youth members involved in relief distribution activities [© SGI-Nepal]

In response to the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 and ensuing aftershocks, Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT), Taiwan Soka Association (TSA), Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and the Soka Gakkai in Japan made donations to various relief funds in the days following the disaster.

On April 27, a TSA representative visited the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Taipei and made a donation of 1 million Taiwanese dollars (US$32,642) to support relief efforts in Nepal coordinated by the Taiwanese government. Receiving the donation, MOFA Vice Minister Vanessa Yea-Ping Shih stated that TSA was the first organization in Taiwan to make a donation.

On April 28, at the Embassy of Nepal in Bangkok, Thailand, SGT presented a donation of 500,000 Thai baht (US$15,131).

In Japan, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada visited the Embassy of Nepal in Tokyo on April 30 and presented a donation of 5 million Japanese yen (US$41,774). On the same day, Soka Gakkai Vice President Yoshiki Tanigawa visited the Japan Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Tokyo and made a donation of 3 million Japanese yen (US$25,064).

On May 30, Soka Gakkai Malaysia staged a concert at the SGM Culture Center to raise funds for the victims of the Nepal earthquake, raising 85,000 Malaysian ringgit (US$22,549), which was donated to the United Nations Children's Fund.