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 by the end of the year 2016 where PWA distributed household items to each household. PWA also started creating community building events and structuring official townships at each temporary housing site.
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In Kumamoto, the toll of stress, trauma, and isolation has been toxic for those over 65 years. PWA is particularly concerned about elderly evacuees who lose social and community networks when they move to temporary housing post-disaster. Our experience after the 2011 Tohoku triple disaster taught us that the break from familiar routines and neighborhood ties leads to isolation and hopelessness, which can speed up cognitive decline and other illnesses.


Peace Winds is listening to the concerns of all residents and is providing tools and resources for leadership associations at each township. PWA is also helping residents develop new neighborhood ties and networks by expanding community-building activities that combat isolation and cognitive decline. Peace Winds will sponsor seasonal events such the Doll's Festival (Hina-Matsuri) in March, memorial events in April, summer festivals, and regular events like chess, tea parties, and lunches.

Long-Term Impact

More than 5,000 Kumamoto evacuees will be living in temporary housing for 4-5 years. PWA is providing activities to help build communities, reduce isolation, and encourage friendships and hope for a stable future. Our community programs will help create a sense of neighborhood and provide a place to find joy in community ties. Peace Winds will support the elderly residents so that their move to temporary housing is not a deadly threat but rather a place where they can contribute and be needed.

Additional Documentation

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


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Organization Information

Peace Winds America

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​peacewindsamerica.org/​
Project Leader:
Rumi Naito
Seattle, Washington United States
$58,428 raised of $65,000 goal
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