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.
Dec 17, 2011

Warmth through Winter for Tsunami Survivors

Peace Winds Delivers Heaters
Peace Winds Delivers Heaters

To combat the freezing temperatures of winter, Peace Winds is delivering heaters and heated carpets to 8,000 families in temporary housing in Iwate Prefecture.  One elderly woman told the Peace Winds staff, “I was getting worried about the cold weather.  I'm so grateful to receive this heater--this will help me get through this winter."  For families that lost everything in the March 11 tsunami, warmth through the winter is essential!   

Many of the temporary housing units in Iwate Prefecture lack adequate heat.  As temperatures cooled this fall, local governments identified 8,000 households that were vulnerable to the freezing temperatures.  Lacking funds, the municipal governments are seeking help.  By partnering with Peace Winds, 8,000 families will stay warm this winter.  

Peace Winds began procuring the heaters in mid-October.  All heaters have been purchased only through local retailers to spur economic activity in the disaster-affected areas.  The heaters and blankets are being delivered to the families.  Earlier in spring and summer Peace Winds provided household supplies to over 23,000 people as they moved into the temporary housing.

We at Peace Winds remain committed to serving the displaced people in temporary housing and private homes, and welcome your assistance.

Japan Disaster Survivors Bear the Cold of Winter
Japan Disaster Survivors Bear the Cold of Winter
Woman Receives Heater at Temporary Housing Unit
Woman Receives Heater at Temporary Housing Unit


Sep 18, 2011

The Fishing Industry in Minamisanriku

Peace Winds America (PWA) and Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) are working with two fishing cooperatives in the small coastal town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi. The Shizugawa Fishing Cooperative and the Udatsu Fishing Cooperative support more than 600 members in Minamisanriku’s most vital industry.

The March 11 tsunami flattened the seaside offices of both Shizugawa and Udatsu. These offices are resource and management centers that are critical to Minamisanriku’s fishing industry. Peace Winds recently finished construction of new offices for the cooperatives, and outfitted them with equipment and technology. During the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 1st, Shizugawa President Norio Sasaki remarked that, “We are very encouraged to recover the fishing industry here.  Thank you very much.”  President Sasaki and his staff began working immediately at their new location.

Initially after the earthquake and tsunami, Peace Winds provided fisherman with rubber boots, overalls, and other supplies for underwater debris removal. The tsunami destroyed about 85% of Minamisanriku’s fleet, scattering debris throughout its port and fishing terminals. For those boats that were not destroyed, Peace Winds supplied a local shipbuilding company with tools to repair damaged vessels.

Minamisanriku’s fish market reopened in July with help from Peace Winds.  Now farmers, fishermen, and consumers have a place to gather, buy, and sell.

The fishing industry has long accounted for a large portion of the economy in Minamisanriku, and economic recovery relies on the town’s most traditional industry. Peace Winds will continue to work closely with Shizugawa Fishing Cooperative and Udatsu Fishing Cooperative to restore livelihoods and tradition in the small coastal town.


Jun 29, 2011

Three Month Report

Please see the attached "Three Month Report" from Peace Winds.

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