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.
Jan 29, 2013

Abalone fishermen celebrate first harvesting in two years!

Fishermen harvesting Abalone traditional way
Fishermen harvesting Abalone traditional way

Miamisanriku fishermen celebrate the first abalone season in two years!

Abalone, a treasured delicacy selling at a high price, is critical to the economy of Minamisanriku. For generations, fishing families have harvested the abalone from the rocks at sea bottom using traditional methods—using waterglasses and long rods and special hooks.  The entire community uses the traditional method to ensure the natural and highest quality of their harvest. The fishing families call the abalone harvest the “winter bonus” as it generates income to many families especially during the slow fishing season during November--January.  

The last abalone harvest was winter of 2010.  In the winter of 2011, abalone harvesting was canceled by the community because majority of the fishing families lacked equipment and boats.  The community guarded the area from illegal poaching.

Keeping the traditional harvesting method by generations

Most fishing families lost their houses, boats, equipment during the 3/11 tsunami.  Though many fishermen were looking forward to the abalone season, they lacked the funds to replace the equipment.  As the 2012 season approached, Peace Winds America decided to provide subsidies to the fishermen so they could purchase the special rods, waterglasses, and rent boats.  With the subsidies, many fishermen custom-made their rods and hooks.

Abalone Harvest Begins Again in 2012

In late November, 2012, the fishing cooperative announced the first harvesting date. Harvesting can only happen when the fishing cooperatives determine the weather and sea conditions are perfect.  Then they make an announcement one day in advance, allowing the harvest.  This season there were only three harvesting days.

The Minamisanriku fishing families were very excited to go back to the sea.  You could sense the entire city was thrilled to see the harvest as the fishermen offloaded their prized abalone.

Peace Winds support enabled us to help Abalone fishermen to help purchase equipment!

“Once I was at a sea and caught the first abalone, I felt so great and happy to finally be able to harvest again.  It was a little different scenery this year with much fewer boats and they are mostly new boats and new equipment” said Mr. Takahashi, a fishermen from Shizugawa district.  “But the subsidy program from Peace Winds eased our family financial burden for the equipment purchase and I am grateful for the opportunity to harvest again. “

Box full of Abalone
Box full of Abalone
Fresh harvested Abalone!
Fresh harvested Abalone!
Sorting Abalone by sizes
Sorting Abalone by sizes
Happy Harvesting!
Happy Harvesting!
Happy to return to the sea!
Happy to return to the sea!
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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