Asuka II, a cruise ship operated by NYK Cruises Co. Ltd. (head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; president: Shinji Imasaki), a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK, has received a letter of appreciation from the NPO Japan Habitat Association expressing its gratitude for the onboard collection of donations for the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.
A ceremony was held on Asuka II on June 20 during the vessel's around-the-world cruise. Ms. Mari Christine, UN-HABITAT Goodwill Ambassador, on board as a seminar lecturer, presented the letter of appreciation to Captain Mamoru Suenaga.
The donations were collected from passengers and crew mainly in the form of coins from various nations received at ports of call during the Asia Grand Cruise held early in 2010. After the cruise, NYK Cruises donated the money to Japan Habitat Association, which financially supported UN-HABITAT’s large scale program of helping the victims of the earthquake.
In addition to this monetary donation, the NYK Group proactively engages in social contribution activities, including providing free transportation of relief goods to the afflicted area through the “NYK Group – JPF Joint Aid Supplies Transportation Projects,” in cooperation with Japan Platform (JPF), an international humanitarian assistance organization.
We offer our condolences to those in this area and our wishes for a quick recovery.
* Japan Habitat Association
Japan Habitat Association was founded in 2001 to strengthen assistance, cooperation, and collaboration in Japan for the United Nations Human Settlements Program, UN-HABITAT. UN-HABITAT engages in activities to help people around the world suffering from deteriorated housing/shelter problems arising from urbanization, conflicts or natural disasters. The association undertakes such activities as public relations to communicate the importance of human settlement issues that UN-HABITAT focuses on, and fund-raising to support UN-HABITAT projects.
* Japan Platform
An international humanitarian assistance organization established to provide quick and effective emergency relief during natural disasters and refugee situations. The Japanese government, Japanese business community and nongovernmental organizations are integrated equally to draw on the resources and unique features of each sector.
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