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 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
Feb 27, 2015

Tohoku Update - Sheds, 100% Match, Public Events

A new shed under construction
A new shed under construction

Even during the cold Tohoku winter, Peace Winds America’s recovery efforts are moving forward.  In our last report we detailed the shed construction in Takihama and Nagashizu districts of Minamisanriku.  PWA expects Phase IV of our ongoing fishing sheds program to conclude this spring, with fishing sheds completed and in place for seaweed harvest.  The timing will coincide well with the advent of the spring fishing season.  PWA will continue to update our donors on recovery of livelihoods.  We remain in active discussion with our Japan partners on the still-unmet needs of displaced tsunami survivors.  

Matching Campaign for the Fourth Anniversary of the Tohoku Tsunami
On Tuesday, March 10th beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time, Global Giving will be matching at 100% all donations to Tohoku recovery projects!  Donors can double their contributions up to $1,000.  Global Giving matching funds ($30,000) are available.  Simply visit our project page on the day of the match and help our Tohoku recovery projects.  PWA extends its gratitude to our donors who have continued to partner with us, long after the tsunami has receded from the media and the public eye.  We are grateful as well to Global Giving for our long-term commitment.

Local Disaster Preparedness Events – Seattle and Sendai
Two upcoming events will be of interest to our supporters and to partners still following Tohoku recovery.  On Saturday, March 7, the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle and the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington will host Act with Japan, a panel discussion and community event revolving around strengthening communities after disaster. Information can be found here. 

March 14-18, 2015 the Japan Government and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction will host the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai.  PWA will be represented by Peace Winds Japan at the numerous presentations, panels, and discussions targeting lessons of Tohoku and strategies for fostering better disaster resilience.

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