Press release, April 6, 2022
The National Council of the Istituto Buddista Italiano Soka Gakkai has approved the proposal of the 8×1000 Commission to allocate a million euro for the ongoing humanitarian emergencies. 600,000 euro will be used for the emergency in Ukraine, while 200,000 euro for Syria and another 200,000 for Yemen.
The Commission is working to identify the first recipients of the intervention in Ukraine providing initial reception, psychological support, essential goods, support to school-aged children and human corridors.
The intervention in Syria aims at giving a contribution to those 14.6 million Syrians that are in need of humanitarian assistance, out of a population of 17 million. In Syria almost 90% of the population lives below the poverty threshold, while more than 1/3 live in extreme poverty and every day face a ceaseless struggle to survive. The sharp increase in food costs has led to food insecurity for millions of Syrians, as they don’t know how to guarantee the next meal to their children.
After 7 years of war in Yemen, we are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises ever: more than 2 million children under the age of 5 suffer from acute malnutrition, and 20.7 million refugees are fleeing from violence. The Istituto has decided to contribute to alleviating the pain of those who suffer every day the worst consequences of this never-ending war.
The Istituto Buddista Italiano Soka Gakkai has identified the areas of intervention for developing and financing projects through 8×1000 funds for 2021 — consistent with the content of the Peace Proposal sent by Soka Gakkai International President Daisaku Ikeda to the United Nations. These include: human rights, environment, education, culture and research.
The aftermath of the Coronavirus emergency is still focused on, particularly in terms of unemployment, domestic violence, and exclusion in education. At the same time, looking closely at the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the following are considered primary goals at a global level: environmental protection and an inclusive education focusing on human rights, training and disarmament.
Both in Italy and abroad, priority is given to actions with a sustainable perspective, that can promote networks of collaboration and partnerships based on dialogue, fostering the empowerment of individuals and stimulating their creative coexistence in local communities.chiudi