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.
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
Mar 13, 2014

PWA Expands Fishing Sheds Program

Constructing a new shed
Constructing a new shed

With Need Still High, A Focus on Providing Additional Sheds

With every completed district, Peace Winds America has surveyed the results of the fishing sheds program. How have these sheds affected the lives of the recipients? What difference are we making restoring livelihoods of displaced residents? What do the district leaders say about the program? 

We are pleased to report that demand for the sheds remains high - a clear sign of the value of this program. PWA has begun planning our next expansion of the fishing sheds program.  Three districts are being considered: Fujihama, Nagashizu, and Terahama. These are all located in the Togura area of Minamisanriku. Our partners on the ground report that all have residents who meet our criteria for selection: they are active fishermen in the cooperatives who lost their home in the tsunami. 

With your help we will be able to take advantage of the coming spring. As the snow melts and the ground in Tohoku thaws, the time is ripe for new construction. Once we have completed our assessment and selected recipients we can begin constructing these critical buildings. With over 267,000 Tohoku residents still in temporary housing, these economic revitalization projects do make a difference!

A Matching Opportunity From Global Giving

Beginning March 10th, GlobalGiving is supporting Tohoku recovery programs with a 100% match. Projects helping Tohoku are eligible, so this is an ideal opportunity to give us the momentum to keep the successful sheds project going. Your contribution will go twice as far today and may be the key to PWA providing one more family with a needed shed. Thank you for your generous support - we look forward to updating you soon with the results of our program expansion. 

Mar 13, 2014

On Tohoku Match Day, Opportunities for Recovery

In Minamisanriku, Signs of Progress and Issues for the Future

It is still winter in Tohoku, but spring is fast approaching! On the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami there is still much work to be done. According to the Government of Japan there are still 267,000 displaced residents living in temporary housing.  These residents will continue to need much support - community programs, livelihood assistance, and assistance transitioning to permanent housing. Peace Winds America has committed to undertaking programs that focus on these vulnerable residents still living in temporary houses. Because so many of these residents were in the fishing industry, support for this program will have a significant impact on this community.

Program Past and Future

With your support we have partnered with critical fishing cooperatives to provide equipment for members (rods, nets, hooks, paddles, and other specialized equipment). We have supported the cooperatives themselves, ensuring they remain vital to help their members.  Together we have provided work and storage space for displaced fishing families in the form of sheds. Last update we touched on the completed oyster shield, which remains critical, and a projected LED lighting project which continues to move forward. We will continue to work with the fishing cooperatives and fishing families in the future, with an emphasis on helping Tohoku residents in temporary housing. We will complete the lighting program, making the port that much effective. And we will remain in contact with you, our donors.

Your Match Makes a Difference!

In honor of the 3rd anniversary of East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, GlobalGiving is hosting a matching campaign for projects that work for recovery in Tohoku area.  Today, your donations will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving until matchign funds last.  To donate, click on "give now" button below.  

GlobalGiving's 100% match is an exciting opportunity to renew our commitment to Tohoku. Together we can ensure that our long-term recovery programs remain in operation, helping the neediest. As always, thank you for your support and your generosity. 

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