Annual Report of the Sata Foundation for the Year 2011
In the year 2011, the Sata Foundation made the following donations.(1)Shechen Clinic in Baudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal
For years, the Sata Foundation has been providing financial support to the Shechen Clinic, set up in 2000, in an overcrowded suburb of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The Clinic provides quality medical care, regardless of religious, ethnic or political background, to the large community that includes refugees and other people from the mountain regions. Services are provided on a sliding scale cost bases and, in the case of very poor patients, all medical care and medicines are provided at no cost. The Clinic treats over 3,500 patients a month. The services provided include: general medicine, pharmacy, analysis laboratory, tuberculosis (D.O.T.), orthopedic, reproductive health, counseling for HIV and AIDS patients and their family; homeopathy, Tibetan medicine, Tibetan medicine factory, acupuncture, dental clinic, and dental laboratory.
The Sata Foundation’s donation in 2011 helped the Clinic to, among other things, (a) build two Bamboo Schools and one Bamboo College in Ilam and Jhapa in Nepal which enable more than 3,000 students to receive education from kindergarten to pre-university levels;(b) build an annex to a hostel for boarding children from distant villages in Nepal’s remote mountain area of Humla; and (c) start two rainwater collection projects in Nepal.
(2)Banyan Home Foundation (http://www.banromsai.org)
The Banyan Home Foundation (BHF) which operates the Ban Rom Sai Children’s Home for HIV/AIDS-infected children was set up by Mrs. Miwa Natori from Japan.
The Sata Foundation has given donations to the BHF since 2007.
The Sata Foundation’s donation for the year 2011 enabled the HIV/AIDS-infected children to interact socially with the local community at the following events organized at the Ban Rom Sai: (a) essay and picture drawing competitions on important national days all year round, with 40 persons on average taking part each month; (b) training on accident and disaster prevention as well as first-aid help, with 65 participants; and (c) a youth football team, with 9 children from the Ban Rom Sai and 21 local youths joining in training in football-playing skill under the supervision of a former Thai National Football Team player, playing football among themselves as well as competing with other football teams.
Thanks to the Sata Foundation’s donation throughout these years, the children at the Ban Rom Sai have been accepted and successfully assimilated to the society where they live.
(3)Friends of the Leukemia Research Fund
In September 2011, the Sata Foundation made a donation to the Friends of the Leukemia Research Fund.
(4)Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia (DILA)
The Sata Foundation continues to promote international rules of law in Asia by awarding annually the Sata Prize, valued at US$2,000 from the year 2005 onward, for the best international law essays by young Asian international legal scholars. The winning essays are published in the Asian Yearbook of International Law (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers: Leiden/Boston), under the auspices of the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia (DILA). The Asian Yearbook informs the world about Asian perspectives on international law that underpins world peace and the international legal order. The Sata Prize thus serves to enhance the “understanding among peoples of all cultures, religions and beliefs of the value of peace and respect for universally recognized human rights”, which is part of the Sata Foundation's Mission Statement.
The Sata Foundation was informed by DILA that there was no worthy winner of the Sata Prize for the year 2011 .The last time the Sata Prize was awarded was in the year 2009, to Mr. Amin Ghanbari Amirhandeh from Iran for his article entitled “An Examination of the Plea of Self-Defence vis-à-vis Non-State Actors”.
II. Sata Foundation’s Activities for the Victims of the Japanese Earthquake
More than 14,000 persons have perished after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and its consequential tsunami hit Tohoku in northeastern Japan on 11 March 2011. Millions still live under threat from the nuclear radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This was the worst natural disaster ever suffered by Japan in its modern history. The Sata Foundation has been assisting the victims to adjust to their new challenges by providing support to the disaster affected areas in Tohoku.
Mr. Yasuhiko Sata, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sata Foundation, himself together with volunteers of the Sata Foundation regularly visit the disaster affected area to help the victims with their immediate needs and to counsel and support them to find work again in their region, with a positive spirit of self-reliance and self-respect.
The Sata Foundation received funding for this purpose from fund raising at the Peace Rally detailed in III below as well as from other donations.
III. The Madonna of Nagasaki and World Peace
After the return of the Madonnagasaki to the Urakami Church on the 60th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in August 2005, much of the Sata Foundation’s objective relating to the Madonnagasaki has been accomplished. The Sata Foundation will continue to campaign for world peace with the Madonnagasaki as the main inspiration.
In 2005, the Sata Foundation sponsored the first “Run for Peace” Cycling Rally and related events in France on 6 August 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (on 6 and 9 August 1945, respectively) and to promote the humanitarian mission of the Sata Foundation. After the great success of the 1st rally, the Peace Rally is held every year.
The Sata Foundation organized the 7th Run for Peace Rally on 31 July 2011 in Chailly, Burgundy, France, where 530 cyclists participated. The money raised at the event was used to help the victims of the Japanese earthquake (see II above).
This annual event in Chailly, France, has inspired rallies for peace in some other parts of the world, including Japan, which hosted the 3rd Meiji Gaien University Student Cycling Criterium since 2009. As in the past, the Sata Foundation continued to make a donation to the University Student Bicycle Criterium Race, so as to keep this tradition going from strength to strength.
Professor Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
13 April 2012
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