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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 19, 2013

Appeal to help Typhoon Utor affected area

CDRC Office in Manila
CDRC Office in Manila

- It’s a typhoon season in the Philippines -

On Aug. 9, the first very strong typhoon of this year - named Utor - reached northern Philippines, resulting in death and destruction.  Landslides caused by the heavy rain left many villages in mountain areas isolated.  Rockslides, flash floods and storm surge have all been reported.

Many houses and crops were destroyed by the typhoon. The government pegs the total amount of damages at PHP 1.08 billion (about USD $25M). As of now, 84,571 families or 383,540 persons were affected. There were casualties as well -- 8 dead, 7 injured, and 4 missing. The provinces of Aurora and Quirino were declared under a state of calamity.

Currently, the demand for the aid is not being met.  There are still many families without any relief support.  Please help provide support to the affected families!  Your contribution will be directed to CDRC’s ongoing relief effort in northern Luzon. 

- Building capacity for disaster preparedness -

The Philippines is vulnerable not only to typhoons and floods, but also to volcanic eruptions as well as earthquakes.  This is why PWA and CDRC also focus on disaster preparedness training when we respond to disasters in the area.  We work with local community groups and conduct workshops, work with children at emergency shelters, and talk about the importance of the preparedness. 

PWA is implementing the 2013-2015 US-Japan-Philippines Civil Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative in order to increase preparedness capabilities/connections/coordination within and among the three disaster prone nations.  While in Manila this July, CEO Chuck Aanenson and Program Officer Jon Ehrenfeld visited CDRC Headquarters meeting to discuss how to further enhance the CDRC partnership in both preparedness and response.

- More typhoons will come -

PWA knows this will not be the last typhoon in this season and want to make sure that we can respond quickly when the need arises again.  Your contributions to this program will help PWA to take immediate action to dispatch emergency relief support with CDRC and will prepare us for disasters down the road.  Generosity during Typhoon Saola last August paid off during the devastation of Typhoon Bopha in December.

Thank you for your continuous support!

Mari Poorman, Project Officer

A family lost their house by Typhoon Utor
A family lost their house by Typhoon Utor
Important livelihood lost
Important livelihood lost
A man lost his house
A man lost his house
CDRC and PWA working together
CDRC and PWA working together

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Jul 31, 2013

Please help PWA to build 13 sheds in a new district

Sunrise in Minamisanriku
Sunrise in Minamisanriku

Dear Peace Winds America supporters:

PWA is very excited to let you know that since we kicked off the shed building program a year ago, PWA has completed 80 fishing sheds to fishing families in Minamisanriku.  

With your support, PWA has been able to continue providing sheds to fishing families.  THANK YOU.    We have spent a lot of time in Minamisanriku and talked to many shed recipients.  We listened to their stories about how their lives were changed by disaster in March 2011.  We learned how much the fishing sheds meant to them and their livelihood.  Spending time in a PWA fishing shed had becomes a large part of their lives, whether mending fishing nets, prepping tools for the next fishing season, or just taking a break from hard work at a sea.  We couldn’t be more proud when we drive through the area and see the sheds, full of fishing equipment.  I am proud to have worked with you all to help many fishermen together.  We played a small but important role in rebuilding the livelihood of the many fishermen and their families, helping them move forward.  

Another district identified:

While members of our local partner were building sheds in Hadenya district, they were visited by a resident from the neighboring district, asking to see how they could apply for such a shed. Turned out a district called Tsunomiya, located just east of where PWA is building sheds, most of the houses were swept away by the tsunami, leaving the small fishing community there with almost nothing.  It was apparent that this community really needed our help.

Timing is everything:

Sheds cannot be built when the ground is frozen so will need to complete construction by November.  It is also important to complete the construction soon because sheds will be needed for many fishermen preparing for the upcoming harvesting season, especially seaweed and abalone which are very important income generation opportunities for the fishermen in the area.  

Working together with a Tsunomiya district community, PWA will soon proceed with beneficiary selection and start building sheds to this district.  We hope to finish all the construction before the land freezes.  

Let’s help Tsunomiya community!

Peace Winds America would like to ask everyone to spread the word to help the Tsunomiya district. We are planning on building 13 sheds but currently we need funds for ten sheds.

Fishing Industry Rebuilding:

On my recent trip to Minamisanriku, I met with Mr. Sasaki, the executive director at Shizugawa Fishing Cooperatives in Minamisanriku.  Mr. Sasaki told me that the area fishery has recovered about 70-80% from pre-disaster time.  I knew why the recovery has been going well -- because most fishermen in Minamisanriku city love the sea, love what they do, and many want to stay and continue working at sea, even though so many fishermen lost almost everything and had to start from scratch.

So let’s help fishermen in Minamisanriku a little more!

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Mari Poorman, Project Officer

Mr. Sasaki and me at a summer festival
Mr. Sasaki and me at a summer festival
PWA Shed Project Areas
PWA Shed Project Areas
Brand new fishing boat
Brand new fishing boat

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Jun 20, 2013

Another story from PWA - Restoring Tohoku fishing industry little by little

What a great smile!  Thank you for your support!
What a great smile! Thank you for your support!

“I can’t thank you enough.  Whenever I see my truck, I say, ‘Thank You, Peace Winds America,’ in my head.  I didn’t think I’d be able to receive support for the truck.” said Katsuo Saito.  His eyes are filled with tears.  He is a recipient of PWA’s Small Business Support program, which aims to encourage faster recovery of small business owners’ livelihoods by providing small subsidies to purchase equipment that was lost to the 2011 tsunami. 

Saito-san repairs motors for winches installed on deep-sea fishing vessels.

The tsunami destroyed his workshop, but luckily, only the first floor of the house was damaged.  It is one of the few surviving houses in his neighborhood in Kesennuma.  Saito-san’s family lived upstairs while mudding out and repairing the workshop and the first floor of the house.  His son, Shuichi, works with him. It’s a real small family business.

Until the subsidy from PWA enabled him to purchase a used truck with a crane to lift heavy winch motors, Mr. Saito had to arrange a rental truck whenever he received a repair order.  “It was just time consuming and costly to do so, and sometimes we had to turn down orders because we couldn’t arrange a rental truck in time. Now I have been working much more efficiently and being more productive.”

Deep-sea fishing is a major industry in Kesennuma. Many vessels chase wild Tuna as far as South America for as long as 18 months at a time.  They carry around 20 fishermen and crew onboard.

Saito-san plays an important role in this critical maritime industry.  “There are only three engineers who can repair these motors in Kesennuma.  We have been extremely busy but, we were not able to repair as many vessels because we lost our truck.  The average motor weighs about 600kg, so it was impossible to carry on our own.”

Saito-san still has a long way to go to rebuild his business.  His house and workshop are located in an area scheduled to be raised by 3 meters.  He will need to move.  “I need to find land where I can rebuild my workshop, but land prices have gone up and it is hard to find available and reasonably priced land in the area.” 

In order for Saito-san to be able to think about his future, he needed a truck.  A truck with a crane so he could support the many deep-sea vessels in the area and a truck which helps his livelihood.  PWA knows how to maximize your donations to provide a long lasting impact in the area’s industry. 

Tohoku is slowly recovering and we are very happy to support a small business owner like Saito-san who has been working for over 40 years helping deep-sea fishermen in the Tohoku region.  In our view, Saito-san is a very important person to help recover livelihood of so many deep sea fishermen and PWA couldn't be happier to be able to help him.

Thank you very much for your generous support!

 Mari Poorman

Father and Son.  It
Father and Son. It's a family business!
This crane can lift a motor weighs over 2t!
This crane can lift a motor weighs over 2t!

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