Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) is an International NGO working to assist disaster-affected people and strengthen disaster resilience of communities in Japan and around the world.
PBV believes that, above all else, people are the key to reducing disaster risk, building resilience and minimizing impacts of disasters.
Following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2011, NGO Peace Boat established the Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV; formerly Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center), a specialist organization to focus on:
- The relief and recovery of communities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
- Domestic and international disaster relief
- Disaster risk reduction (i.e., disaster preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery), such as the training, dispatch and coordination of volunteers
NGO Peace Boat has carried out emergency relief operations for the past 20 years, delivering emergency assistance and raising funds, as well as coordinating the dispatch of experienced logisticians, interpreters and volunteer teams to disaster-affected areas all over the world.
Peace Boat’s first disaster relief efforts took place in 1995, following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Kobe, Japan when teams of volunteers provided assistance, supporting community access to food, water and other basic supplies as well as humanitarian support.
Since then, Peace Boat has organized emergency relief operations in 15 disaster-affected countries around the world, including Turkey (1999), Taiwan (1999), Algeria (2003), Sri Lanka (2004), Pakistan (2005), Indonesia (2006), Chile (2010), Guatemala (2012), USA (2005, 2012 & 2013) and Philippines (2013/2014).