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.
Jul 27, 2015

PWA Begins Nepal Shelter Project

Local residents build temporary shelters
Local residents build temporary shelters

Peace Winds America is embarking on an urgently needed program to shelter displaced victims of the devastating April and May earthquakes in Nepal.  In the Chautara region of the Sindhupalchowk District, villages lost over 95% of their houses in the quake.  With the monsoon rains now arrived, it is imperative that survivors be provided with housing.

Through its partners on the ground, PWA is providing materials and tools for local residents to construct temporary shelters.  Primarily made out of bamboo and corrugated iron, these shelters will house two families and will shelter them from the monsoon rains.  We are partnering as well with local Village Development Councils to ensure equity and local representation.

Near the end of the monsoon season, engineers from our partnering local NGO will provide expertise and instruction to convert these shelters into durable, semi-permanent structures.  Using the same corrugated iron roofing, local residents will be given the tools to create seismically-protected, rugged housing.  Through the Peace Winds program over 1,000 households will be reached and assisted. 

Even as the housing support project takes shape, Peace Winds continues to provide food assistance to earthquake survivors.  With your help, we can support Nepali residents who remain in dire need.

Peace Winds food distribution
Peace Winds food distribution
Jul 1, 2015

Sheds Program Wraps, Looking Ahead to New Recovery

Senior Citizens in Minamisanriku
Senior Citizens in Minamisanriku

Summer has arrived in Tohoku, and the fishing season is here. Along the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, fishing families are working at full capacity. The most recent phase of the Peace Winds America fishing sheds program is completed - all the sheds are built and in use by their new owners. Thanks to our many donors, each shed represents a family that will be able to remain active in the fishing industry of Minamisanriku.

This week, former PWA intern Bryan is making a site visit to Tohoku, meeting with beneficiaries and project leaders. He will view firsthand the impact the sheds have made. We look forward to sharing his reports with you.

With the fishing shed program drawing to a close, we continue looking for ways to support ongoing recovery and rehabilitation. We have been following our partner Peace Winds Japan as they complete a needed senior community center in Minamisanriku.  We look forward to working with them on future recovery projects.

May 19, 2015

PWA Concludes Recovery for Six Barangays

AFTER: A fishing boat repaired by PWA
AFTER: A fishing boat repaired by PWA

Peace Winds America and Philippine partner Citizens' Disaster Response Center (CDRC) are completing a recovery program on Busuanga Island, Philippines.  With donor support, PWA has been able to reach six hard-hit barangays (communities) on Busuanga Island, targeting livelihood recovery.

Our program has focused on repairing fishing boats and nets damaged by the typhoon, purchasing new tools, seeds, and animals for local farmers, providing seaweed/aquaculture ropes/seeds.  CDRC has provided community-based disaster response and preparedness education. The important outcomes of this project are:  local families are regaining their livelihoods, and communities are becoming better prepared for future disasters.

We envision completing the livelihoods recovery program within the next three months.  At this time, we must pass to YOU, our donors, the gratitude of the families in the six barangays in Busuanga, Philippines.  Without your support, we could not implement this recovery program.

We hope you will continue to support our livelihoods recovery efforts.  Other fishing/farming communities on Busuanga Island are asking for assistance with boats, nets, animals—lost during Typhoon Haiyan.  Even now, the need for disaster recovery remains.  Your support maintains our commitment to typhoon recovery.

BEFORE: A fishing boat damaged by Typhoon Haiyan
BEFORE: A fishing boat damaged by Typhoon Haiyan
Busuanga fishermen process the day
Busuanga fishermen process the day's catch

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