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First Lady wraps Japan tour by visiting Buddhist temple

JAPAN-SHINSO-ITOTOKYO, Japan, Aug 30 – First Lady Margaret Kenyatta wrapped her four-day tour of duty in Japan Sunday by visiting the Shinnyo-en Buddhist organization at the Ogen Centre in Tachikawa.

She visited the Shinnyo-en Philanthropic and charitable organization to thank the religious order over a Sh 10 million kitty donated to Beyond Zero initiative earlier in the year.

The funds were handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta during his official visit to Japan in April this year.

Senior officials and priests of the order led by Her Holiness Shinso Ito received the First Lady at the Temple.

Talks between the First Lady and Her Holiness centred on the activities of Beyond Zero and its successes, Education, women empowerment, culture, protection of the environment and several other projects that the organization supports in Kenya.

Shinnyo-en is a Budhist organisation whose philanthropic and charitable activities are aimed at realizing world of peace and joy for humanity, which were the founder’s (Master Shinjo Ito) greatest wishes.

The First Lady told her Holiness Shinso Ito that despite the challenges of raising funds, the Beyond Zero is doing well and impacting positively on the health of mothers and children.

She said she is particularly happy that the Beyond Zero health delivery model had not only received recognition and support by the UN but by other countries in Africa who were considering replicating the same model.

The First Lady said her future goals include the upgrade of county hospitals to make them better and well equipped health delivery centres.

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“I am happy that many African countries have shown interest to replicate the Beyond Zero model,” said the First Lady.

Her Holiness Shinso Ito committed her organization to continued support for Beyond Zero initiative describing the campaign as very impressive.

“We shall continue supporting these programmes in Kenya. We want Kenya and Japan to remain very close”, said Ms Ito.

Besides Education, the Shinnyo-en organization funds and supports medical and environmental projects in many countries of Africa.

The Organization’s representative in Kenya Kazuhiro Ishikawa praised the Beyond Zero initiative saying it has had great impact among Kenyans.

He said the achievements of the First Lady’s Beyond Zero were subject of positive discussion in many UN fora.
The First Lady was later today expected to fly out of Tokyo for Nairobi.

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