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.
Nov 7, 2014

Haiyan Relief - Update and Match Opportunity TODAY

A boat repair beneficiary in Buluang barangay
A boat repair beneficiary in Buluang barangay

It has been one year since the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) wreaked widespread destruction on the Philippines. Even as new typhoons bear down on the country, survivors of that disaster are still picking up the piecing, trying to recover, restore their livelihoods, and resume the lives they had prior to the destruction of November 8, 2013. Peace Winds America responded immediately, but pledged as well we would not leave when immediate relief ended. We committed to long-term recovery.

Restoring Livelihoods and Economic Opportunity on Busuanga

In our previous reports we detailed our work on the western island of Busuanga. Far from the media spotlight in the Eastern Visayas, this area was equally damaged by the storm.  In partnership with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, the Southern Tagalog People’s Resource Center, and the U.S.-Philippines Society, we targeted six hard-hit barangay for relief, recovery, and rehabilitation.

The most recent recovery project highlighted the barangay of Cheey, Salvacion, Buluang, Maglalambay, San Isidro, and Panlaitan.  There we have helped 70% of shelter beneficiaries construct new residences, providing galvanized iron sheets, nails, lumber, and carpentry tools.  To speed economic recovery we selected 100 needy fishing families and provided them with marine plywood, paint, epoxy, nails, and boat bases, sufficient for restoring their damaged fishing boats. Fishing families also received nets (specific to their catch), seaweed culture, ropes, and drying materials.

PWA assisted farming families as well. In the six barangay we provided 145 farmers with rice and vegetable seeds, farming tools, swine management training, farm tools, and carabao (water buffalo). To prevent our recipients from becoming victims again, the shelter and livelihood tools were accompanied by community disaster management training.

Match Your Donation Today to Extend Recovery

Today only, GlobalGiving is providing a 100% match for all donations to Haiyan recovery projects.  With your donation we can continue to meet the many needs that still exist in the Philippines, expanding our economic livelihood assistance within the six barangay and identifying others in need.

Thank you for your support! With your help, one year after the storm we can tell the victims of Haiyan that they are not forgotten.

Recovery items distribution, Cheey barangay
Recovery items distribution, Cheey barangay
A repaired fishing boat, ready to return to sea
A repaired fishing boat, ready to return to sea
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

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