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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.
May 30, 2014

Campaign Ending - PWA Launches New Recovery Page

This Year
This Year's Oyster Harvest Was a Bumper Crop

Dear Friend of Tohoku,

Thank you for your past donations to help this campaign, “Revitalize the Fishing Industry in Northeast Japan.” With your generous support, since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit in March 2011 we have helped many fishing families in more than twenty coastal districts return to their way of life, boosting the economy and sense of stability among these communities. We have built a windbreak for oyster workers, provided small business grants for marine repairmen, bought abalone equipment for 571 fishermen and sea urchin supplies for 118 more, purchased supplies for fishing cooperatives, supported wakame harvesters and Kesennuma maritime high schoolers, and much more. We are so grateful for your help, without which we could not have turned these projects into a reality.

To consolidate our various Tohoku recovery projects, we have decided to close this project campaign and combine it with our related efforts in a new campaign: Rebuilding Communities and Livelihoods in Japan. In addition to providing fishing equipment, this campaign will focus on all aspects of fishing community needs:  building fishing sheds, providing temporary housing support, and working with the fishing cooperatives to ensure fisher folk have the resources they need to reopen their businesses and resume their way of life.

Our commitment to Tohoku families and livelihoods is ongoing, but new projects require additional funding. We hope you will continue to support our efforts by giving to this new campaign. You can donate and view project updates at  You can use the “Get Updates via Email” field on the bottom right to subscribe.

Thank you again for your support of this vital project. 

May 22, 2014

Fishing Sheds, Port Lights, and New Project Page

The Isatomae port light at night
The Isatomae port light at night

Announcing Our New, All-in-One Project Page

PWA would like to thank all of our supporters of the fishing sheds program. We are happy to announce that this page will now be our Global Giving site for all our Tohoku recovery projects. Including the fishing sheds progam we will post updates here about our other revitalization activities, initiatives with survivors still in temporary housing, and more. In March 2011 we made a commitment to long-term relief and recovery in Tohoku. Now over three years later it is thanks to your support that we continue to honor that commitment. 

Lighting up the Night in Minamisanriku Ports

We received a report from our partner in Peace Winds Japan that the Minamisanriku ports lighting project has been completed, and it looks fantatic! Six area ports received solar-powered LED lights to improve safety and security for the fishermen there: Minato, Tanoura, Ishihama, Natari, Baba, and Isatomae. Takaki Oikawa, a local fisherman, said, "The solar light helps me work better in the night and around dawn. And it is installed at the best point in the bayside where we keep our ships. In case of bad weather in the night time, we will be able to draw our ships up to the ground safely and quickly." Thanks to your help the operating hours of the local fishermen have been extended.

Fishing Sheds Phase Concludes in Togura

Our partners in Japan have finished construction of the latest round of sheds in Togura, a Minamisanriku neighborhood. A total of 21 sheds were constructed in the villages of Mitobe, Zaigo, and Tsunomia. Battling the winter cold and heavy snowfall the sheds were built, allowing each recipient family to return to work. Our implementing partner Rimpei Kozawa said, "Life goes on and there is evidence of the people’s strong will for recovery. The piers are bustling with wakame processing, and the fishermen are taking delivery of new boats." The new sheds have given the fishing families the ability to rejoin the industry. PWA is currently researching a new phase of shed construction in the area, building the success of this last program.

Thank you to our many donors! Your continued support keeps this program going!

PWJ and fishing co-op staff with the new lght
PWJ and fishing co-op staff with the new lght
The Onoderas work at the site of their new shed
The Onoderas work at the site of their new shed
May 6, 2014

Haiyan Recovery - Site Visit Shows Great Need

STPRC Staff Inspecting a Destroyed Fishing Boat
STPRC Staff Inspecting a Destroyed Fishing Boat

Transitioning from Relief to Recovery

In March 2014, PWA staff visited families and community leaders in three of the hardest hit barangays (villages) on Busuanga Island. Since the November 8 Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), PWA has served these barangay’s fishing and farming families, providing meals, water, blankets, shelter, hygiene kits, and supplies.  With the relief phase now over, the barangay leaders, farmers, and fisherfolk are asking Peace Winds America to join them in rebuilding their neighborhoods and homes, and in regaining their fishing and farming livelihoods. 

In late March PWA staff joined our local partners* in a site visit to Busuanga.  We had the opportunity to meet local community leaders, aid recipients, and barangay officials.  They confirmed that the immediate needs (such as food and water) had been met, but that their communities were still devastated by the storm.

In response, PWA and our local partners are focusing on recovery, distributing the much-need farming, fishing, and housing supplies.  We are purchasing plywood and nylon netting to help fisherfolk repair their boats and nets, which were badly damaged or destroyed.  Other high-priority items include livestock (swine, chickens), seaweed culture (ropes and seeds), rice seed and farm tools.  All families especially need plywood, tools, and galvanized iron sheets to rebuild their homes as they move from housing shelters.  Before the rainy season begins in late May the communities are seeking carabao (water buffalo), which multiple families share to help prepare their rice paddies for planting.

PWA and local partners are committed to work side-by-side with these communities as the farmers and fisherfolk strive to restore their livelihoods and homes over the next twelve months.  Typhoon relief may have ended, but the needs on the road back to normalcy are great.   

*Our recovery partners are the Citizens Disaster Relief Corps (CDRC) and the Southern Tagalog People’s Response Center (STPRC)

Inspecting New Fishing Nets
Inspecting New Fishing Nets
Women in Buluang barangay with the daily catch
Women in Buluang barangay with the daily catch
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