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, 2016

Housing, Community Centers Continue Nepal Recovery

Unloading iron roofing material for shelters
Unloading iron roofing material for shelters

In the face of the Nepal winter and an ongoing nationwide fuel crisis, Peace Winds America is making strong progress in its earthquake recovery and rehabilitation programs.  In our last report we detailed corrugated galvanized iron and bamboo distribution for housing in a Sindhupalchowk District village.  This distribution was complemented by family tool kits, villager training, and construction of model houses.

We are pleased to report that to date, 2,705 families (approximately 13,525 individuals) have received materials to repair and rebuild houses damaged in last year’s earthquake.  The distribution began in Sanosirubari village and expanded to three others, all comprising approximately eight wards.  A total of 84 local residents have received masonry and seismically protected building training from our local partners, allowing them to spread this knowledge among our communities.  They are assisted by the presence of 11 model houses that demonstrate best practices for rebuilding safe, spacious, and resilient houses.

Our shelter recovery efforts are complemented by a livelihood program to the east of Kathmandu, in Bhaktapur.  There Peace Winds will be constructing a community center.  This center will serve many purposes:  providing women and girls a safe space during the day, job and livelihood training, childcare, trauma counseling, and more.  Presently we plan three community centers which will aid the economic recovery of their neighborhoods.

Thank you to our donors for your support.  As we begin approaching the one year anniversary of this tragedy, we are grateful to be able to continue our recovery work in Nepal.

Sindhupalchowk villagers inspect new repair tools
Sindhupalchowk villagers inspect new repair tools
Nov 4, 2015

PWA Supports Tohoku Senior Citizens

A celebration at the community center
A celebration at the community center

As winter approaches in Tohoku, PWA continues supporting the fishing community of Minamisanriku:
 its working families, those still displaced by the tsunami, and vulnerable citizens.  With these goals in mind we are partnering with a local NGO to provide staff and operating assistance for the Halley Valley Community Center.

The Halley Valley center provides critical support to the town of Minamisanriku:  a place for the community including senior citizens and handicapped, to engage in social programs, participate in crafts and training activities, and maintain vital community and social ties.  Through the support of PWA, the Community Center remains open and operational.   Minamisanriku and its fishing community continue to rebuild and revitalize after the disaster.  They greatly welcome this Community Center where the entire community can gather to discuss present and future plans over lunches and tea, cementing personal and social relationships and community ties.

In coming reports PWA will provide more details and photos of the Community Center, its staff, and the community members it serves.  We will also provide a year-end update on the successful fishing sheds program in Minamisanriku and hear from shed builders and recipients.

As always we are grateful to our donors and supporters.  Nearing five years after the disaster, the message to Tohoku citizens is clear:  We so admire your resilience -- You are not forgotten!

Woodworking is available to Minamisanriku seniors
Woodworking is available to Minamisanriku seniors
Oct 20, 2015

Nepal Shelters Make Progress, Housing Hundreds

Girls at a shelter construction site
Girls at a shelter construction site

The rainy monsoon season is drawing to a close, and the next stage of housing construction in devastated Sindhupalchowk District has begun.  In July Peace Winds began distribution of corrugated iron roofing to 1,030 families in Sanisirubari village. This durable sheeting was used to reinforce temporary shelters and provide stronger protection against heavy rain and wind. Soon these CGI will top permanent, earthquake-resistant brick houses.  To aid earthquake survivors, Peace Winds also distributed blankets to over 6,000 people.

With Peace Winds’ support, villagers have been training with national engineers and masons in seismic technology since August. Expert builders are teaching villagers how to construct earthquake-resistant structures through the creation of eight model buildings that, when completed, will serve as community centers – places to gather, share ideas, and further the knowledge transfer of earthquake-resistant building methods through on-going training and demonstrations.

Peace Winds will also hire local 40 masons to assist villagers with housing construction when rebuilding begins in earnest at the end of this month. (Hiring locally will also aid the regional economy.)  Villagers are eager to put their new skills to good use in creating safe and durable permanent dwellings for their families.

Thank you for standing with the Nepali people as they rebuild their homes and their lives.

Shelter construction underway
Shelter construction underway
A briefing for shelter project masons
A briefing for shelter project masons

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