Annual Report of the Sata Foundation for the Year 2018

I. Donations

In the year 2018, the Sata Foundation made the following donations. 

(1) 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. [→ Note 1]

In 2018, the Sata Foundation made a donation to Ban Rom Sai, a continuation of the Sata Foundation's donation to this charity since 2007. The donation for 2018 went to support the following projects that ran all year round:

  • getting the children at the Ban Rom Sai and children in the local communities to join together in learning to read and write as well as to learn basic things about important subjects, using the library and teaching resources funded by the Sata Foundation (50 participants per month); and
  • training of the children to play volley ball and football and competitions in these sports between the children and those from the local communities (20 – 40 participants).

The Ban Rom Sai's aforesaid projects depended 100% on the Sata Foundation's support especially at this time when the Ban Rom Sai found it difficult to get donations from other sources due to economic situations.
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. For example, several participants have been granted special quotas to study at high schools and vocational training colleges free of costs. Some children who used to live in Ban Rom Sai are now working full-time, while some others of the children are now studying at universities in Chiang Mai Province and near-by Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand.

(2) Others

In the past, the Sata Foundation made regular or even annual donations to a number of charities. Fortunately, these charities have become successful in raising funds internationally on their own and no longer have to rely on the donation from a small charitable foundation like the Sata Foundation.
Although the Sata Foundation looked forward to giving donations to other worthy causes falling within the Sata Foundation's Mission Statement, none qualified for this purpose in 2018.

(3) 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 a Prize, valued at US$2,000, for the best international law essay of between 8,000 and 14,000 words by Asian international legal scholars under the age of 40. 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). [→ Note 2] The Asian Yearbook informs the world about Asian perspectives on international law that underpins world peace and the international legal order. The Prize, called the ‘Sata Prize' until 2011 and, at the insistence of Mr. Sata, the ‘DILA Prize' thereafter, 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. 
Due to the backlog in publication of the Asian Yearbook of International Law, the year for which the winner of the DILA Prize is declared does not correspond to the year the payment is actually made to the Prize winner(s). In 2017, the donation from the Sata Foundation covered the DILA Prize for the year 2013 and the DILA Prize for the year 2014.  The deadline for submission of essays in latest round of competition was set by DILA at 1 March 2018.[→ Note 3] To date, the Sata Foundation has not been notified whether the winner has been selected; hence, no donation was made to DILA in 2018 for the DILA Prize.

II. The Madonna of Nagasaki and World Peace

(1) Run for Peace Rally 2018

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.
In 2018, the Run for Peace Rally was held on Saturday 28 July in Chailly-sur-Armançon, France, to commemorate the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (, with approximately 400 cyclists taking part in four circuits: Hiroshima (145 km.), Nagasaki (105 km.), Tohoku (81 km.), and the rando (40 km.).
The event raised funds to be used for the Sata Foundation's mission.
The Run for Peace Rally for the year 2019 is held on Saturday 27 July.

(2) Dinner to Raise Awareness about the Plight of Refugees

In the evening of 28 July 2018, the Sata Foundation organized a dinner attended by the major sponsors and participants of the Run for Peace. One objective of the dinner was to show solidarity with the countries receiving most of the Syrian refugees; namely, Turkey and Lebanon, which have had by far a higher concentration of Syrian refugees per capita than any other country. The presentation by Mr. Münir Isker from Turkey and Mr. Maroun Torbey from Lebanon about the dire situations in their respective countries was very well received by the dinner guests. This event helped raise awareness among the general public in France about the plight of refugees and contributed to the alleviation of the hostile attitude towards refugees and other asylum seekers that had become prevalent in Europe. It fulfilled the Sata Foundation's humanitarian objective of securing a better and more humane world through the enhancement of understanding among peoples of the value of peace, especially the prevention and ending of wars that send refugees across the borders of war-torn countries, and respect for universally recognized human rights – in this case the rights of refugees.

(3) Fundraising for a Local Cause

At that same dinner on 28 July 2018, the Sata Foundation raised €2,000 for the local chapter of L'Association Etoiles Bleues[→ Note 4] which takes care of the orphans and families of the members of the French police killed on duty. This was also part of the Sata Foundation's humanitarian mission.

  1. It is located at 23/1 Moo 4 Tambon Namprae, Ampur Hangdong, Chiangmai Province, Thailand 50230:

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