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 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. 

May 22, 2014

Fishing Sheds, Port Lights, and New Project Page

The Isatomae port light at night
The Isatomae port light at night

Announcing Our New, All-in-One Project Page

PWA would like to thank all of our supporters of the fishing sheds program. We are happy to announce that this page will now be our Global Giving site for all our Tohoku recovery projects. Including the fishing sheds progam we will post updates here about our other revitalization activities, initiatives with survivors still in temporary housing, and more. In March 2011 we made a commitment to long-term relief and recovery in Tohoku. Now over three years later it is thanks to your support that we continue to honor that commitment. 

Lighting up the Night in Minamisanriku Ports

We received a report from our partner in Peace Winds Japan that the Minamisanriku ports lighting project has been completed, and it looks fantatic! Six area ports received solar-powered LED lights to improve safety and security for the fishermen there: Minato, Tanoura, Ishihama, Natari, Baba, and Isatomae. Takaki Oikawa, a local fisherman, said, "The solar light helps me work better in the night and around dawn. And it is installed at the best point in the bayside where we keep our ships. In case of bad weather in the night time, we will be able to draw our ships up to the ground safely and quickly." Thanks to your help the operating hours of the local fishermen have been extended.

Fishing Sheds Phase Concludes in Togura

Our partners in Japan have finished construction of the latest round of sheds in Togura, a Minamisanriku neighborhood. A total of 21 sheds were constructed in the villages of Mitobe, Zaigo, and Tsunomia. Battling the winter cold and heavy snowfall the sheds were built, allowing each recipient family to return to work. Our implementing partner Rimpei Kozawa said, "Life goes on and there is evidence of the people’s strong will for recovery. The piers are bustling with wakame processing, and the fishermen are taking delivery of new boats." The new sheds have given the fishing families the ability to rejoin the industry. PWA is currently researching a new phase of shed construction in the area, building the success of this last program.

Thank you to our many donors! Your continued support keeps this program going!

PWJ and fishing co-op staff with the new lght
PWJ and fishing co-op staff with the new lght
The Onoderas work at the site of their new shed
The Onoderas work at the site of their new shed

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