Peace Boat hosted a series of conferences and press events in South America as part of its commitment as a partner in the United Nation’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient Campaign. In Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Valparaiso, Peace Boat’s ship was utilized as a space for local groups working on disaster risk reduction and response to come together to discuss and share ideas and resources on community preparedness and resilience. It was also an opportunity for them to learn about the work of Peace Boat’s Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Montevideo, Uruguay (February 13, 2016) On February […]
On 30th and 31st January 2016, PBV co-organised the TOMODACHI Disaster Resilience Leadership Training Program at Haneda Airport’s Galaxy Hall venue, in partnership with TOMODACHI Initiative and Japan IsraAid Support Program (JISP). Thirteen youngsters from different parts of the Kanto and Tohoku regions (all alumni of TOMODACHI Initiative’s programs) gathered for the 2-day intensive training program, which focused on disaster preparedness, disaster relief volunteerism, stress management, and providing psychological support to disaster survivors. As well as receiving intensive training from experienced trainers, the diverse group of participants each brought with them their own experiences and knowledge, and were able to share these through interactive discussions and workshops. Not only did the participants build […]
Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) conducted training in Disaster Volunteer Coordination in Talcahuano, Chile, for 100 representatives from the police, fire department, civil defense, Red Cross and volunteers. The training was held at Inacap College in conjunction with Talcahuano City, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Precorp. Talcahuano City was severely affected by the 2010 Earthquake and Tsunami and shares many of the same experiences as coastal towns across Japan.
Young leaders from Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore gathered to share experiences and best practices related to disaster risk reduction onboard NGO Peace Boat’s passenger ship as it sailed from Japan to the Philippines and onwards to Singapore. The “Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building for Young Leaders in Asia” programme, co-organized by Peace Boat and UNISDR, was held during the first leg of the Japan-based NGO’s 88th Global Voyage for Peace. During the 10-day programme, a group of young leaders representing government, NGOs and academia, guided by a UNISDR representative, learned from one another of the success and challenges of reducing disaster risk in their respective countries, in the aim […]
PBV has launched emergency relief operations in response to the flooding which has affected parts of Japan in the past week. Described as a “once-in-50-years” event, exceptionally heavy rains caused by Typhoon Etau have severely impacted communities across Ibaraki, Miyagi and Tochigi Prefectures. Flooding and landslides which occurred on 10th September claimed lives and damaged thousands of homes. The Flooding in Figures Flooding above floor-level (床上浸水): 7,093 houses Flooding below floor-level (床下浸水): 11,688 houses Evacuation Centres established: 56 centres Number of Evacuees: 2,744 people (Source: Cabinet Office, as of 16th September 2015) On 11th September, PBV dispatched an advanced team to the affected areas to conduct a rapid needs assessment and coordinate with […]
PBV has launched emergency relief operations in response to the flooding that has affected Ibaraki, Miyagi and Tochigi Prefectures in Japan. Described as a “once-in-50-years” event, exceptionally heavy rains caused by Typhoon Etau have left a wake of destruction across the three Prefectures. Flooding and landslides which occurred on 10th September have claimed lives and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. On 11th September, PBV dispatched an advanced team to the affected areas to conduct a rapid needs assessment and coordinate with other organisations on the ground. Please donate to support those affected by this disaster. English-language Donations Page: http://pbv.or.jp/donate/201509_suigai/english.html Japanese-language Donations Page: http://pbv.or.jp/donate/201509_suigai (Photo taken during flood response in Japan, 2014)
Guatemala: Peace Boat hosts the 1st Assembly of The Community Practitioners’ Platform for Resilience
On 30th June, Peace Boat hosted the “1st Assembly of The Community Practitioners’ Platform for Resilience” in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. In partnership with Fundación Guatemala and Huairou Commision, Peace Boat welcomed over 30 representatives from Guatemala and El Salvador, all working in Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience building, onto Peace Boat’s passenger ship, the Ocean Dream. These communities are plagued by similar disasters, but rarely do the community members themselves have the time and opportunity to gather and interact in this way. The one-day event brought together leading figures from across the region, who were able to share experiences, lessons learnt and best practices with one another. Representatives from the Municipality of Santa Tecla, El […]
PBV’s team landed in Kathmandhu on 3rd May 2015 in order to conduct a rapid needs assessment and provide immediate relief to communities affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal. At the time of writing, the disaster has claimed over 8500 lives, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, and has crippled critical infrastructure across the country. An estimated one million children are unable to attend classes due to damage to schools, and many hospitals have sustained severe damage. Upon arrival, our staff checked in at the Reception and Departure Centre (RDC) at Kathmandu airport, where humanitarian agencies check in, receive a briefing, and provide information on their respective missions, […]
On 25th April, a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck 80km northwest of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The strong tremor has caused severe loss of life and widespread damage across the country; thousands of casualties have been reported and critical infrastructure has sustained significant damage. The toll is expected to rise as more information from affected areas becomes available. PBV ‘s response team is deploying to Kathmandu on 2nd May in order to carry out a rapid needs assessment and assist affected communities through the provision of emergency supplies. The team is in contact with partners on the ground and is working closely with community stakeholders, UN agencies, governmental groups and NGOs to […]
From November 2013 to July 2014, PBV worked closely with community groups, local governments and international aid organisations to provide effective and timely assistance to disaster-stricken communities. The full project report is now available online.