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 14, 2012

Special Appeal from CEO

Banana Plantation Devastated
Banana Plantation Devastated

Dear Friends,

I’d like to give you update on the current situation of the area devastated by Typhoon Bopha.

As of December 12th, the death toll stood at 740 with more than 1,000 people reported missing. Almost 500,000 families are affected by the disaster, many seeking shelter after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed.

Damages and casualties caused by Typhoon Bopha, or Pablo as locally named are far worse than caused by Typhoon Saola in August.  At that time Peace Winds America helped 350 families, but now the people of Mindanao have much greater need for food, water, shelter, and repair of infrastructure and their homes. 

The area struck is agricultural, with fields after fields flattened and banana plantations devastated. Most of the farmers have now lost their livelihoods. Thousands will not be able to provide means to support their families..  People desperately need assistance.

Peace Winds America (PWA) is aiding the Philippine people working with our local partner, CDRC (The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center) and its regional partner Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation (MISFI).  We are providing relief to some of the hardest hit areas in Mindanao.   Our current joint relief operations target 4,800 people, or 800 families located in Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and Misamis Oriental providing food and shelter.

PWA continues to monitor and assess the local situation and will provide support to meet the needs of those struck by Typhoon Bopha. Your understanding and support is strongly needed and greatly appreciated. 

Sincerely yours,

Charles R. Aanenson, CEO Peace Winds America

So many communities need help
So many communities need help
Dec 10, 2012

Thank You! from Peace Winds America

Kids are all smiles!!
Kids are all smiles!!

 

Thank you very much for your generous support for our effort to help communities affected by Typhoon Saola!

With your donation, PWA worked very closely with our local partner, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), and together we were able todistribute emergency relief packages to 350 families in the communities of Barangay San Roque, San Pedro and Laguna in early September, 2012. 

The rain from Typhoon Haiku had caused massive flooding in the area, with thousands of people evacuating.   Almost one month after the typhoon struck the area, many families were still remaining in evacuation centers, waiting for the floodwaters to recede.  For most of the beneficiaries, this emergency package was the first relief support received. 

One lady at the evacuation center said, “At first, the water came to the first floor of my house, so we all moved everything to the second floor.  But the water kept rising so quickly and we had to leave the house because it was unsafe.” She continued, “We could not bring much from our house and we did not have much food.. but we all share what we had.  With the help from PWA, I will be able to cook something good tonight for my family.  Thank you.”

The funding from this project enabled PWA to help over 2000 children, adults and elderly persons in flood affected areas.

PWA appreciates partnering with CDRC who directly assisted the people most in need.  Timely aid delivered through a capable local partner remains the best way of reducing the devastating impacts of natural disasters.

Thank you for your support! 

From PWA Staff

Our local partner with a beneficiary
Our local partner with a beneficiary
Thank You!
Thank You!

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Oct 31, 2012

Regaining livelihoods and hope in Minamisanriku

Udatsu Fishing Cooperative employees in new office
Udatsu Fishing Cooperative employees in new office

It is easy to see progress at the Udatsu Fishing Cooperative in Minamisanriku.  Several months after the tsunami, the Cooperative built a small office to restore its operations.  Peace Winds was there to provide office equipment that the Cooperative could not afford.  From this small building the Udatsu Fishing Cooperative has led recovery efforts for its 400 members in northern Minamisanriku. 

In June 2012 the Cooperative expanded its building.  Again Peace Winds was there to outfit the new space with computers and a high-speed printer. Cooperative President Chiba-san expects the printer to reduce outsourced printing costs by 70 percent, saving the Cooperative nearly $400 every month. The equipment will enable the Cooperative to better communicate with members through newsletters and email alerts.      

With your support we are making a difference in the northeast Japan.

Progress is also apparent for Udatsu Fishing Cooperative members, who had a successful wakame seaweed harvest in the 2012 spring.  Peace Winds provided seaweed processing equipment.  Now the fishing families are preparing for the fall/winter 2012 abalone season.  Peace Winds is again delivering the necessary equipment - rods, hooks, abalone locators, and specialized paddles - for the first abalone harvest since the tsunami.

Peace Winds continues to work with the Udatsu Fishing Cooperative and its 400 members to accelerate economic recovery.  You can help!  From November 1 to 15, 2012, Global Giving will match 100% donations to the Revitalize the Fishing Industry in Northeast Japan project page.

Please spread the word about this great matching opportunity to your family and friends.  Together we can help even more fishing families and communities regain their livelihoods.

Thank you for supporting disaster recovery in Japan!

The Udatsu Cooperative expanded in June 2012.
The Udatsu Cooperative expanded in June 2012.
The Udatsu Cooperative office in October 2011
The Udatsu Cooperative office in October 2011
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