Peace Winds America

Our core belief is that disaster response begins with preparedness, and that both disaster preparedness and response should integrate the efforts of governments, militaries, NGOs and the private sector. By strengthening disaster preparedness and response in the Asia Pacific, PWA seeks to reduce the high human, political and economic costs of natural disasters in the Pacific Rim.
Nov 25, 2014

New Sheds and Bountiful Oyster Harvest in Tohoku

A new, grateful shed recipient
A new, grateful shed recipient

An Update on Fishing Shed Construction in Minamisanriku--Tohoku

Phase IV of the Peace Winds America fishing sheds program is proceeding smoothly.  This year our partners had to contend with new natural hazards in addition to the yearly freeze that poses difficulty for construction.  Typhoons Phanfone and Vongfong swept across Japan dropping record amounts of rainfall and bringing powerful wind gusts.  Yet our program remains on track and will deliver sheds to fourteen more fishing families--tsunami victims.  In Takihama and Nagashizu districts, we have completed the shed foundations and are ready to begin construction.

Peace Winds America to date has completed over 100 fishing sheds.  These semi-permanent sheds provide work and storage space for local fishermen. Our program has targeted tsunami survivors still living in temporary housing who wish to return to the fishing industry.

From Tohoku, we welcome good news!   In October during the height of oyster season, the Minamisanriku fishermen in the Togura section caught particularly large, plump oysters.  With many Miyagi Prefecture fishermen reporting undersized oyster catches, we are delighted that Minamisanriku will benefit from the higher prices its jumbo oysters bring.  Our fishing sheds provide a base of operations to capitalize on this good news.

Gratitude at the Year End

As we bid farewell to 2014, PWA expresses its sincere gratitude to our supporters. We deeply appreciate those who have helped us keep our long-term commitment to Tohoku.

A foundation is laid in Nagashizu
A foundation is laid in Nagashizu
Nov 7, 2014

Haiyan Relief - Update and Match Opportunity TODAY

A boat repair beneficiary in Buluang barangay
A boat repair beneficiary in Buluang barangay

It has been one year since the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) wreaked widespread destruction on the Philippines. Even as new typhoons bear down on the country, survivors of that disaster are still picking up the piecing, trying to recover, restore their livelihoods, and resume the lives they had prior to the destruction of November 8, 2013. Peace Winds America responded immediately, but pledged as well we would not leave when immediate relief ended. We committed to long-term recovery.

Restoring Livelihoods and Economic Opportunity on Busuanga

In our previous reports we detailed our work on the western island of Busuanga. Far from the media spotlight in the Eastern Visayas, this area was equally damaged by the storm.  In partnership with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, the Southern Tagalog People’s Resource Center, and the U.S.-Philippines Society, we targeted six hard-hit barangay for relief, recovery, and rehabilitation.

The most recent recovery project highlighted the barangay of Cheey, Salvacion, Buluang, Maglalambay, San Isidro, and Panlaitan.  There we have helped 70% of shelter beneficiaries construct new residences, providing galvanized iron sheets, nails, lumber, and carpentry tools.  To speed economic recovery we selected 100 needy fishing families and provided them with marine plywood, paint, epoxy, nails, and boat bases, sufficient for restoring their damaged fishing boats. Fishing families also received nets (specific to their catch), seaweed culture, ropes, and drying materials.

PWA assisted farming families as well. In the six barangay we provided 145 farmers with rice and vegetable seeds, farming tools, swine management training, farm tools, and carabao (water buffalo). To prevent our recipients from becoming victims again, the shelter and livelihood tools were accompanied by community disaster management training.

Match Your Donation Today to Extend Recovery

Today only, GlobalGiving is providing a 100% match for all donations to Haiyan recovery projects.  With your donation we can continue to meet the many needs that still exist in the Philippines, expanding our economic livelihood assistance within the six barangay and identifying others in need.

Thank you for your support! With your help, one year after the storm we can tell the victims of Haiyan that they are not forgotten.

Recovery items distribution, Cheey barangay
Recovery items distribution, Cheey barangay
A repaired fishing boat, ready to return to sea
A repaired fishing boat, ready to return to sea
Aug 25, 2014

Tohoku - New Fishing Sheds Phase Launches

Seattle Mariners Join PWA to Continue Recovery
Seattle Mariners Join PWA to Continue Recovery

PWA Funds New Shed Construction Phase

Peace Winds America will soon kick off Phase IV of the ongoing fishing shed construction program for families in the Minamisanriku area.  In partnership with the leadership in the Togura neighborhood of Minamisanriku, PWA will soon oversee construction of ten new fishing sheds.  The laying of foundations will begin in early September.  There remains highest demand among fishing families who lost their homes in the tsunami.  Many families applied for Phase IV sheds confirming that our past shed activities have provided needed assistance and an impact on the primary industry in the region. 

A Report from the Field

PWA Mari Poorman visited Tohoku recently to take stock of ongoing projects and partner activities.  She reports that many of the small ports in the region (including Minamisanriku) cannot compete with larger ports for government recovery money.  These ports are staffed with locals eager to resume fishing, but without outside support still lack many of the necessities to recover fully.  Mari met with PWA’s local partner, Grace Mission Tohoku, implementing the sheds program, which remains busily engaged with many projects for tsunami victims still in need.

PWA Sends its Gratitude

We thank our donors for their support and for making this program possible.  One very unique fishing sheds partner this July was the Seattle Mariners and the many Mariner baseball fans, who together saluted Japanese baseball.  The Salute to Japanese Baseball on July 12th provided a percentage of the ticket sales to Tohoku recovery. PWA thanks Seattle supporters and the Mariners for helping launch the new fishing shed phase.  

On September 1 – Disaster Prevention Day in Japan, we anticipate many will also provide support.  Please continue to join others supporting PWA as we together maintain our disaster recovery efforts in Japan.  Thanks.

Mariners President Kevin Mather Supports PWA!
Mariners President Kevin Mather Supports PWA!

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