Annual Report of the Sata Foundation for the Year 2013
In the year 2013, the Sata Foundation made the following donations.
(1)Shechen Clinic in Baudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal
This is a continuation of the Foundation’s donations to the Clinic since the Clinic’s establishment in 2000.
The Shechen Clinic is located 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 in India, Nepal, and Tibet. 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.
In 2013, the Sata Foundation’s donation helped the Clinic in, among other things:
(a) The “Kitchen Gardening Programme” to fight malnutrition in India (where, according to the World Bank, rates of malnutrition among India’s children are almost 5 times more than in China and twice those in Sub-Saharan Africa) by building 1,000 kitchen gardens in 18 impoverished villages in Bihar, where 80% of children below the age of 5 and 68% of women under 50 are malnourished. Starting from mid-2013, the Programme has been providing selected households of small farmers and four primary schools with plants and seeds, and educating them on how to create healthier gardens for their livelihood;
(b) Improving the facilities of the secondary school and hostel for 305 students in the village of Yalbang and 7 neighbouring smaller primary schools in Upper Humla, one of the most remote and least developed regions of Nepal;
(c) Servicing a mobile clinic in the Gaya district, India; and
(d) Raising awareness in order to prevent pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in the remote districts of Banglung and Dolpo, Nepal. More than one in ten Nepalese women suffer from POP, which occurs when the pelvic muscles and connective tissues weaken. The uterus can then collapse, sometimes causing the decline of other organs. Repeated pregnancies, followed by deliveries without medical assistance and hard work in the fields without post-partum rest, significantly contribute to the prevalence of POP among rural women in Nepal. According to a study by the United Nations Population Fund, among those affected, 82% find it difficult to sit, 79% to walk and 89% to lift heavy loads. In most cases, POP can be prevented. Unfortunately, because of shame and ignorance, most Nepalese mothers suffer in silence. In each village, a medical volunteer has been selected and trained in basic screening and various preventive techniques, such as pelvic floor muscle training. When a case is detected, the volunteer refers the patient to the appropriate local medical staff for complete screening and, if required, adequate treatment. In most cases, this prevents a partial or full collapse of the uterus and, therefore, the use of surgery. Thanks to the Sata Foundation’s and others’ donations, the lives of thousands of Nepalese women have been improved and further tragedies prevented. The Nepalese Government has included this prevention and awareness program in its national health education curriculum.
(2) Donation: Banyan Home Foundation
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. (It is located at 23/1 Moo 4 Tambon Namprae, Ampur Hangdong, Chiangmai Province, Thailand 50230: http://www.banromsai.org)
The Sata Foundation’s donation for the year 2013 enabled the HIV/AIDS-infected children at the Ban Rom Sai to interact socially with the local community at the following events organized at the Ban Rom Sai:
(a) Community Sports (from 1 March 2012 - 28 Feb. 2013), with 68 persons participating in badminton competitions, 86 in table tennis competitions, and 70 in pétanque competitions, totalling 224 persons participating in this project;
(b) Making Youth Love Reading (from 1 Jan. – 31 Dec. 2013) in which participants competed in reading books and summarize their contents in writing, with 33-50 kids taking part each month, totalling 502 participants for the entire year;
(c) Practical Training on Accidents and First-Aid Help (on 19 Oct. 2013), with 87 participants; and
(d) Namphrae Youth Football Team Project (from 5 Feb. – 31 Dec. 2013), with 30 participants.
Thanks to the Sata Foundation’s regular donations in these past few years, the children at the Ban Rom Sai have been accepted and successfully assimilated to the society where they live.
(3) MATA LACHMI NURSERY FOR THE BLIND
The Sata Foundation donated to the Mata Lachmi Nursery for the Blind, a school for blind children in Sion, Mumbai, India. This school helps very young kids from age two are taught; helped and given meals till they are ten years old.
The Sata Foundation donated to Kranti, a charity taking care of girls in the red light district (prostitute houses) in Mumbai, India, by providing them with education and training in order to prevent them from becoming prostitutes like their parents. The donation from the Sata Foundation helps Kranti's work in this field – it protects their mental health as well as physical health/well-being.
One of their stories (“Girl who grew up above brothel wins scholarship”) is reported in CNN.
(5)Friends of the Leukemia Research Fund NPO
In 2013, the Sata Foundation continued to donate to the Friends of the Leukemia Research Fund NPO. (Address: Friends of Leukemia Research Fund Hassyu Bldg, 2-7-14 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001; Tel: 03-3593-3341; E-mail: email@example.com; http://www.FLRF.gr.jp/(Japanese only))
(6)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.
In 2013, the Sata Prize of US$2,000 was awarded to Mr Prabhakar Singh, an Indian national who is completing his Ph.D. at the National University of Singapore, for his essay entitled “Why Wield Constitutions to Arrest International Law”.
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. In 2013, the Sata Foundation made a donation to the Rentai Tohoku-Seinan, set up by Mr. Sata for this purpose.
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 9th Run for Peace Rally on 27 July 2013 in Chailly, Burgundy, France, where 419 cyclists made it to the finish line (http://courirpourlapaix.blogg.org/). The event raised money for the Sata Foundation, which formed part of the Sata Foundation’s donation to the victims of the Japanese earthquake in 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 Meiji Gaien University Student Cycling Criterium since 2009, to which the Sata Foundation donated each year. This year, the Sata Foundation also made another annual donation to the University Student Bicycle Criterium Race, so as to keep this tradition going from strength to strength.
The 10th Run for Peace Rally will be held on Saturday 2 August 2014.
Professor Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
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