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.
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!
Aug 6, 2014

Recovery Expands on Busuanga Island

New fishing boat under construction
New fishing boat under construction

In May we reported on our site visit to hard-hit Busuanga Island reviewing firsthand the ongoing Typhoon Haiyan recovery and the impact our programs were making. Our time on-site confirmed the need for continued involvement and showed that these remote areas remain deeply under-served by the aid community.  Peace Winds America is committed to assisting the people of these areas.

We are pleased to report that PWA has expanded the Busuanga Island Typhoon Haiyan recovery program. Three new barangays - San Isidro, Maglalambay, and Panlaitan - bring our total barangays served to six. In the current program expansion PWA is partnering as well with the U.S.-Philippines Society.

Under the expanded project PWA will provide a host of needed recovery goods and services. To restore livelihoods we are providing  boat repair items (marine plywood, epoxy, nails, paint) and fishing gear such as nets, lines, and hooks. Agricultural livelihood assistance covers a range of items, from animals (swine, chicken, water buffalo) to seeds for rice, corn, root crops, and vegetables, as well as the implementation of a communal seed bank. PWA is also providing farm tools. Throughout, PWA is maintianing a focus on the restoration of the livelihood of the community, not merely individuals within each barangay.

The PWA program is helping these communities prepare for future disaters as well. PWA and our local partner is conducting disaster mitigation education and training,which aids local leaders to understand and  implement programs to make their areas disaster resilient. PWA's partners on the ground are additionally helping leaders form disaster preparedness teams to improve future community-based disaster management.

Without your help we could not implement this program. Peace Winds America is deeply grateful for your ongoing support and hopes your generosity will continue.

New fishing net for distribution
New fishing net for distribution
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 http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuilding-communities-and-livelihoods-in-japan/updates/.  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. 

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