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.
Nov 25, 2016

Household Supplies for New Homes

Distributing heating carpets while kids play
Distributing heating carpets while kids play

Peace Winds staff visited Kumamoto in late October to review its project to provide household supplies to families moving from shelters to temporary housing. Your donations allowed Peace Winds America to achieve its goal of distributing household kits to 2000 families.

Peace Winds America and Peace Winds Japan achieved this goal at the end of October providing housing kits to evacuated households in the Kumamoto Prefecture. Those kits included either a heating carpet, television, dehumidifier, or vacuum cleaner.

After distribution, Peace Winds interviewed individuals like Kimito (pictured below). Kimito, is a teenager and victim of the Kumamoto Earthquakes. He lives with his parents, four brothers, and pet dog in a temporary housing unit that is approximately 208 square feet. As the second eldest brother he’s been forced to grow up fast. Kimito is finishing high school online at night, so he can work full time at a local grocery store.

 When interviewed, Kimito expressed his sense of loss. He misses his friends and neighbors, and the community that surrounded him before the earthquake destroyed his family’s home. He worried for his hometown Mashiki. The sheer amount of destruction was so great that he feared it may never fully recover. He was thankful for the housing supplies, since the heating carpet will be especially helpful this winter.

NOTE: Global Giving is matching donations to PWA’s Kumamoto Program on November 29th, Giving Tuesday.   This 50 percent match will increase our impact. Peace Winds has planned community building events from now through the spring. Upcoming events include a holiday gathering to decorate a community Christmas tree, a craft themed gathering where residents will create holiday wreaths, and of course, several shinnenkai. This spring, Peace Winds is planning to build a dog park, playground, and a community greenhouse for the residents.

Peace Winds delivers a heating carpet to Kimito
Peace Winds delivers a heating carpet to Kimito
PWA contributes to a Mashiki community remembrance
PWA contributes to a Mashiki community remembrance
Kimito at work
Kimito at work

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Nov 3, 2016

Supporting Women and Communities in Post-Earthquake Nepal

Completed Byasi Community Center
Completed Byasi Community Center

Job Training, Counseling and Water and Sanitation in Community Centers

PWA is pleased to report that all three community centers in Byasi, Khawa, and Nala are now complete and in use by women, girls, and their communities in post-earthquake Nepal. These strong structures provide a safe space for training in economic education, adult literacy, psychosocial counselling, and on-the-job training, including sales and marketing. At the centers community members have access to water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene information. 

Providing Water to Low-Caste Communities in Rural Nepal

In Ramechhap district, a mountainous area a day’s drive from Kathmandu, PWA is developing water points, irrigation systems, and latrines for low-caste Thamil people, historically left out of the earthquake recovery process. Through our partner Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), Peace Winds is easing the burden of unclean and inadequate water supply which impacts health, education, and livelihoods in poor communities. Water collection is a difficult chore for women and girls, reducing the time girls are able to spend at school. PWA is addressing water supply and latrines in these communities and at schools.

Peace Winds is providing water, irrigation systems, and sanitation facilities to 3800 women and girls. Your support benefits generations of women and girls!   Thank you!

Generations benefiting from your support.
Generations benefiting from your support.
Sep 21, 2016

Kumamoto Transitions from Camps to Temporary Housing

Helping evacuees move to government housing.
Helping evacuees move to government housing.

For the past five months Kumamoto earthquake evacuees have been living in basic shelters, tents, and housing camps in Mashiki and Nishihara and other towns in the region.  Peace Winds has been providing shelters, food, and counseling, targeting those with children, pets, and special needs. 

The Local and Central Governments have nearly completed building more suitable housing for the evacuees, and Peace Winds is now planning to move 2,000 families to the new homes and provide them with basic household supplies.  

The move to better housing is long awaited and in time for the change of seasons.  The new housing will provide increased privacy, more space, and necessary amenities required to make it a “home” including indoor kitchens and bathrooms, a welcome change for evacuees who have long shared latrines and communal kitchens.  The evacuees will be in temporary housing up to three years. 

Peace Winds will be assisting the evacuees with their move as the new housing is completed.  Additionally Peace Winds will provide the families with kitchen supplies, bathroom supplies, vacuum cleaners, air filters/dehumidifiers, heating carpets, and heaters.  Peace Winds is planning to have the all evacuees in their new housing by the end of 2016.

Peace Winds welcomes your support to relocate 2,000 families from Mashiki and Nishihara to new housing and to provide each family with basic household set-up kits to make the new homes more comfortable.  Thank you. 

 
   

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