Japan Earthquake Disaster Recovery

by Peace Winds America


Peace Winds America is committed to providing disaster relief and recovery to the people of Japan. Following the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, PWA provided shelter, counseling, and medical care. Evacuees were moved from the Peace Winds emergency shelters to temporary housing. PWA plans to have all evacuees in temporary housing by the end of the year while distributing household items. PWA also started creating community building events, a dog park, children's playground, and community gardens.
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For many families, the holidays are their favorite time of year as friends and loved ones gather for special meals. What about those who lost a warm home, a safe environment, trusted friends and community? Often in temporary housing people lose "community". The elderly people relocating to temporary housing experience cognitive decline, isolation, even death. In temporary housing nearly all people lose community and neighborhood ties. In Kumamoto PWA is helping to "build community."


In Kumamoto, the holidays can often be a time of either great happiness or loneliness. PWA is spreading cheer and hope by sponsoring community building events starting this season and continuing through spring. With Christmas a popular holiday in Japan, PWA is sponsoring a wreath crafting event as well as a communal Christmas gathering to decorate a shared tree. PWA also plans several News Year's celebration parties, shinnenkai. In spring we have additional programs such as community gardens.

Long-Term Impact

Hundreds of Kumamoto evacuees will be living in temporary housing for prolonged periods. Over the next six months, PWA is providing activities to help build community, reduce isolation, and encourage hope for a stable future. PWA is enhancing living environments so families can rebuild their lives. Our community programs, dog park, children's playgrounds, and community gardens will build a great sense of neighborhood and provide a place to relax, and joy and hope in the community.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


PWA Homepage
PWA Japan Disaster Recovery Page

Organization Information

Peace Winds America

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​peacewindsamerica.org/​
Project Leader:
Rumi Naito
Seattle, Washington United States
$56,819 raised of $60,000 goal
331 donations
$3,181 to go
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