Annual Report of the Sata Foundation for the Year 2014
In the year 2014, 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.
The Clinic makes a special expression of gratitude to the Sata Foundation and the TKB Group in Japan for their ongoing support of the Shechen Clinic in Nepal since its inception.
The Sata Foundation’s donation in 2014 helped the Clinic in, among other things:
(a) The Uterine, or Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) Programme. It is estimated that 25% of Nepali women suffer from POP, a condition with serious consequences on women’s health. The Shechen Clinic has partnered with four local NGOs to develop and implement awareness and screening programs in five rural districts of Nepal, teaching women how to care for themselves in order to prevent POP as well as providing screening for women at risk and offer treatment when needed. In 2014, under the Programme: the Number of people benefitting from the Clinic's various POP related activities: 82,267; the number of health workers trained: 247; the number of screening camps organized: 11; the number of cases detected: 309; the number of schools visited to raise awareness: 21; the number of information boards installed: 31; the number of households visited: 404; and the number of street dramas organized to raise awareness: 8.
(b) Once a week, the Shechen Clinic runs a mobile clinic to provide healthcare, rain water harvesting systems, solar lighting sets, kitchen gardens, and education as well as vocational training to the people in Dema village in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. Dema village is made up of 16 communities with a total population of about 11,000 and the villagers did not have even the barest of necessities.
(2) Banyan Home Foundation
The Banyan Home Foundation (BHF) which operates the Ban Rom Sai Children’s Home in Chiang Mai Province in the north of Thailand for HIV/AIDS-infected children was set up by Mrs. Miwa Natori from Japan.
(3) MATA LACHMI NURSERY FOR THE BLIND
The Sata Foundation’s donation in 2014 was to support the following projects:
- Making Youth Love Reading (1 Jan. – 31 Dec. 2014), with 51 participants
- Community sports (1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015), with 59 participants in badminton tournaments; 61 participants in table tennis tournaments; and 61 participants in pétanque tournaments
- Practical training on accidents and first-aid help (Oct. 2014), with 81 participants
- Youth Football for all members of the local community (2 Feb. - 28 Dec. 2014).
Thanks to the Sata Foundation’s donations during these years, the children at the Ban Rom Sai have been accepted and successfully assimilated to the society where they live. Six participants in the Youth Football project have been granted special quotas for footballers to study at high schools and vocational training colleges free of costs.
The Sata Foundation made a donation to the Mata Lachmi Nursery for the Blind, a school for blind children in Sion, Mumbai, India. The nursery helps very young kids from age two are taught; helped and given meals till they are ten years old. Out of the 18 children at the nursery, some of them have multiple handicaps. From there they move onto join regular schools for visually challenged children. The nursery is completely dependent upon the goodwill and generosity of donations. The funds are utilized not only for the education of children and to ensure that they get quality teachers, and enrich their lives with experiences such as recreation opportunities including outings and picnics. The total running cost of the nursery is US$31,050 per year.
The Sata Foundation made a donation to Kranti, a charity taking care of girls in the red light district 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, which falls within the Sata Foundation's Mission Statement.
(5) 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, 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.
(6) Friends of the Leukemia Research Fund NPO
The closing date for submission of the essays was 31 August 2014. No winner of the Sata Prize for the year 2014 has been announced. 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”.
The Sata Foundation made some donation 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; website: http://flrf.gr.jp/ (Japanese only))
II. Sata Foundation’s Activities for the Victims of the Japanese Earthquake
More than 15,000 persons have perished and approximately 2,500 persons are still missing 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 2014, the Sata Foundation donated an additional amount to the Rentai Tohoku-Seinan (http://www.rentaitohoku.org/) 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 year 2014 was the 10th Anniversary of the Bike Race for Peace in Chailly-sur-Armancon, France, to commemorate the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (www.courirpourlapaix.com).
The event was held on Saturday 2 August, with approximately 500 cyclists taking part in three circuits: Hiroshima (158 km.), Nagasaki (113 km.) and Tohiku (72 km.). Over 300 made it to the finish line. The event raised a fund for the Sata Foundation, which formed part of the Sata Foundation’s donation to the victims of the Japanese earthquake in II above.
The 11th Anniversary of the Bike Race for Peace was held on Saturday 1 August 2015.
Professor Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
7 August 2015
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