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.
After a prolonged period of heavy rainfall in the latter half of July 2013, over 280 homes sustained damage from flooding in Nishi-Izucho, Shizuoka Prefecture. PBV conducted emergency relief activities from 22nd July to 30th July, during which time 35 volunteers (totaling 108 work days) worked to help those affected.
This year, Peace Boat celebrates its 30th anniversary. As part of our 80th Global Voyage around-the-world itinerary, Peace Boat’s vessel the “Ocean Dream” will call in at the port of Ishinomaki in October for the first time in its history.