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Jun 2024

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PBV’s Relief Efforts in Noto Continue: Public Bath Project

Wajima’s morning market, once a tourist attraction, was transformed by the fire and still looks painful even five months later.   As of May 28, 112 people were dead and 3 were missing in Wajima, and more than 14,000 houses were either completely or partially destroyed, left on the ground waiting to be demolished or cleared. Temporary housing has been built and evacuees have begun living in new places, but many of these residents do not know what to do with the houses and property left behind. Some evacuees commute to their former residences to clear the area and look for their belongings. Since the current temporary housing is not […]

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May 2024

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PBV’s Relief Efforts in Noto Continue: Relief supply distribution center in Suzu

Almost five months have passed since the devastating earthquake in the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) dispatched the members immediately after the disaster and has been working in two teams on the ground since then. In Suzu, a city located in the northernmost part of the peninsula, the PBV team has been working closely with the local authorities to carry out diverse support activities to support the affected residents. One of the relief activities led by the team is regular relief supply distribution at two locations in the city. The team sets up a distribution point three times a week, and hands out various items donated […]

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Mar 2024

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International Solidarity in Times of Disaster: 16 Latin American and Caribbean Ambassadors in Japan Visit the Disaster-Affected Noto Peninsula

On March 19, 2024, 16 Ambassadors to Japan from countries of the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (referred to as GRULAC) visited disaster-stricken areas of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, hosted by Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV).   This visit was realized through the strong determination of the Ambassadors to directly convey messages of solidarity along with relief supplies to the victims of the Noto earthquake, which occurred on January 1. The delegation included Ambassadors of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico (representative), Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Peace Boat has long cooperated with members of GRULAC […]

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Mar 2024

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Online Exchange with Ukrainian Refugees in Romania

More than two years after the Russian full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, approximately 80,000 Ukrainians are still displaced in neighbouring Romania. On 14 March, in cooperation with Peace Boat Center Tokyo, we organised an online exchange event connecting young people in Tokyo with displaced Ukrainians living in Romania. The event was hosted in Romania by Notorious Learning Projects, our local partner who coordinates the support centre for displaced persons “Dobra Hata” in the city of Cluj-Napoca. There, the centre provides Romanian language classes and distributes daily necessities. Connecting online, the young people were able to learn about each other’s daily lives and culture, writing each other’s names in Japanese and […]

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Jan 2024

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2024 Ishikawa Noto Peninsula Earthquake Emergency Relief: English language Information session, Jan 14

At around 4:10pm on January 1, 2024, an earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula area of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. We express our deepest sympathy to all affected by the earthquake. The damage is enormous, and the full scale of the disaster and extent of the damage remains is as yet still unknown. Strong aftershocks are still occurring frequently, and local residents are still in a very challenging situation. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) entered the impacted area immediately after the disaster, and has been coordinating with local organizations, relevant agencies and aid organizations to collect information, assess needs, and provide emergency support. PBV will hold an information session in English language […]

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Jan 2024

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Initial Response Report: 2024 Ishikawa Noto Peninsula Earthquake Emergency Relief Underway

At around 4:10pm on January 1, 2024, an earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula area of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. We express our deepest sympathy to all affected by the earthquake. The damage is enormous, and the full scale of the disaster and extent of the damage remains is as yet still unknown. Strong aftershocks are still occurring frequently, and local residents are still in a very challenging situation. We are making all efforts to support those affected, ensuring their personal safety and assisting them in getting through these difficult, cold days. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) entered the impacted area immediately after the disaster, and has been coordinating with local organizations, […]

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Aug 2023

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Call for Donations: Emergency Relief for Communities Affected by Wildfires in Maui County, Hawai’i.

On 8th August, 2023, the first fire was confirmed in Maui Island, Hawaii. The fires spread quickly and burnt the communities for days, resulting in damaging more than 2000 buildings in western area of the island. According to the media reports, most of the burnt structures were residential. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) launched an emergency relief fund to support the affected communities. The fund will be utilized to support the local partner organizations delivering emergency assistance to the communities, The PBV is also dispatching three members to the location on 20 August, to deliver emergency support and plan for longer relief projects. More updates will be shared on the […]

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Mar 2015

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Vanuatu: Cyclone Pam Relief

PBV is currently conducting a needs assessment in Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam, working closely with local governments, national government agencies, INGOs and NGOs, and civil society on the ground. PBV is actively taking part in the UN cluster meetings, to ensure that our activities are part of the larger international community’s movements to provide assistance and to ensure that all information is shared as much as possible to reduce duplication of efforts. Although the capital, Port Vila (population approx. 50,000), has had many essential services and infrastructure restored, some of the outer islands are badly affected and lacking basic lifelines, according to some reports and information here in Port […]

06
Feb 2015

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Making Cities Resilient: Global Campaign Promoters Strengthen Their Work Onboard Peace Boat

After four days on Peace Boat and activities in the ports of Valparaiso, Chile and Callao, Peru, the “Road to Sendai 2015: Making Cities Resilient,” program organized by Peace Boat and the Latin American office of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), concluded successfully. During the Chile to Peru segment of the program, seven Promoters of the global campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting ready!” participated in sessions about lessons learned from disasters that have occurred in Japan and Latin America over the past 20 years. During these sessions, they also shared experiences regarding the strengthening of community resilience, partnerships between the public and private […]

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Jan 2015

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Africa Resilient Youth and the “Ocean Dream Declaration”

Between December 18– 23, Peace Boat partnered with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to carry out the “Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building for Youth Leaders in Africa” Programme. Six exceptional young leaders from Madagascar, Mozambique & South Africa, along with 2 United Nations-related special guests from Kenya, joined us onboard as the ship sailed from Mozambique to South Africa. (Read their profiles here). Combining workshops, seminars, presentations and a field visit, we explored some of the most pressing issues in Disaster Risk Reduction, and identified ways in which youth can take a leading role in making communities more resilient. Field Visit – Maputo, Mozambique (19 December) […]

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