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 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
Oct 31, 2012

Sheds Provide Hope for Communities and Families

GMT, PWA, District Leaders and residents with shed
GMT, PWA, District Leaders and residents with shed

A significant obstacle that remains for Minamisanriku fishing families is work and storage space.  Prior to the March 2011 tsunami, fishing sheds were the “base of operations” of the family business.  Sheds provided the space where men, women, and children would process seafood, prepare nets and ropes, and store equipment.  After the tsunami, tents and tarps are all that replace many of the family work sheds.        

Thank you for supporting the fishing sheds project.  With your support, Peace Winds America (PWA) and our partner Grace Mission Tohoku (GMT) are rebuilding 42 fishing sheds in five Minamisanirku districts.

PWA, GMT, and Minamisanriku District Leaders identified work sheds as critical to the economic recovery of fishing families and communities.  In each district PWA and GMT work closely with the District Leaders to serve community needs.  The top priority of Baba-Nakayama District Leaders was a community fishing shed built in late August.  The community shed stores equipment and supplies shared by fishing families.  Also in Baba-Nakayama, PWA approved shed applications from 10 families that lost their homes.  In the Niranohama District, PWA and GMT built sheds for 12 fishing families that are living in small temporary housing units.  According to Niranohama District Leader Abe-san, the sheds are “necessary for these families to recover.”     

PWA would like to expand this project throughout Minamisanriku.  You can help!  From November 1 to 15, Global Giving will match 100% donations to the Building Work Space for Fishing Families in Japan project page. 

Spread the word about this great opportunity to your family and friends.  Together, we can help even more families and communities regain their livelihoods in northeast Japan.

Thank you for supporting disaster recovery in Japan!

Ryuoichi Oikawa prepares salmon nets in new shed
Ryuoichi Oikawa prepares salmon nets in new shed
Completed fishing shed
Completed fishing shed
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