PBV held an English-language Disaster Relief Volunteer Training seminar on November 2nd which was attended by 19 participants from 10 different countries.
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has caused severe loss of life and extensive damage in the Philippines in recent days.
Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) is dispatching an advanced team to the affected areas to conduct an initial assessment and to strengthen ties with local Non-Governmental Organisations in the aim of delivering effective assistance to those in need.
On 2 October 2013, New York-based NPO World Cares Center (WCC) and PBV signed a partnership agreement to strengthen international disaster relief efforts.
PBV will hold an English-language Disaster Relief Volunteer Training course on November 2nd, 2013 in Tokyo.
The 2012/2013 fiscal year has been another successful, busy year for PBV!
To keep all of our supporters around the world informed of our activities we would like to announce that the PBV Annual Report 2012/2013 is now available online.
On August 9th, Akita and Iwate Prefectures were affected by heavy rainfall; over 1000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the resulting flooding and landslides. PBV dispatched an advanced team and after conducting a thorough assessment of the situation on the ground, it was decided that the town of Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate Prefecture, would be the focus of our relief efforts.
On 28th July, Yamaguchi prefecture experienced heavy rainfall and flooding. Over 1,500 homes sustained damage, affecting thousands of people across the area. Three days later, PBV dispatched an advanced team to the affected areas in order to assess the situation on the ground and to liaise with local organizations, such as the Social Welfare Council. Having established a rapport with these groups and set up an operations base, PBV commenced relief activities in the Yamaguchi City and Hagi City areas, focusing on debris removal and clean-up of flooded homes. This project continued over the course of a month and finished on 2nd September.
Six survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake from fishing villages in the Oshika Peninsula travel to neighbouring Iwate Prefecture in order to assist communities affected by severe weather conditions.
PBV believes strongly in training and developing disaster relief volunteers in non-disaster times to prepare for future disasters. Since September 2012, we have trained over 1000 disaster relief volunteers through our ‘Disaster Relief Volunteer Training’ course.