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Dec 2022

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Project Update: 2022 Earthquake in Western Java, Indonesia

Upon the occurrence of the magnitude 5.6 earthquake in western Java, Indonesia on 21 November, Peace Boat Disaster Relief launched an emergency fund to support the humanitarian efforts by ASAR Humanity in Indonesia. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Indonesia, 7,700 people were injured due to falling structures and debris while 73,000 people were displaced, and about 62,000 housing units were partially or entirely damaged. Residents in Cianjur, where the damage was most extensive, have experienced a shortage of shelters, food, safe drinking water, and access to medical services. In addition to the main earthquake, they have also experienced numerous aftershocks as well as landslides and floods caused […]

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Nov 2022

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Emergency Relief Fund: 2022 Earthquake in Western Java, Indonesia

On 21 November 2022, at around 1:20 pm local time, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 on the Richter scale occurred near Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia. As of the morning on 22 November, 162 people have been confirmed dead and approximately 700 injured. In addition, more than 2,700 houses and buildings, including schools, have been damaged. The full extent of the damage in the area is still unclear and the number of people affected and the number of affected cases is thought to increase in the coming days. Considering the devastating situations in the affected communities, Peace Boat Disaster Relief Centre (PBV) has launched an emergency relief fund to […]

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Sep 2022

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Japanese Civil Society Organizations join hands to support the populations affected by the Ukrainian crisis

Over 200 days have already passed since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine. We have yet to see the end of the conflict and the beginning of peace on the ground. While many people fled from their homes to safer locations inside the country or left Ukraine entirely, the reality is that they are still in displacement for nearly seven months. Little is covered by Japanese media now, but the struggles of the refugees continue and humanitarian organizations tirelessly carry on with efforts to support them. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) is one such organization that offers assistance to those affected by the war in partnership with many civil society […]

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Aug 2022

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[Updates] Emergency Responses to the Ukrainian Crisis: Month 6

This August marks the sixth month since the initial invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military. Since the beginning of the humanitarian crisis, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been working with partner NGOs based in Romania to provide humanitarian assistance within Ukraine and to those who were forced to flee their country. PBV has joined hands with PATRIR (Romanian Peace Institute) to offer emergency supplies to citizens in Ukraine. Between May and July, the team delivered medical supplies to more than eight hospitals in Kyiv, Odesa, and Kharkov with funding support from Japan Platform. PATRIR has been shipping  food and daily essentials to Ukraine, where citizens have limited to no access […]

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Mar 2022

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Urgent Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine: Report from PBV Team in Romania 3/29

It is now one month since the Russian military invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. Already, more than 3.5 million people (90% of whom are women and children) have had to flee from their homes to other countries as refugees, and it is estimated that a further 6.5 million people have been displaced within Ukraine. This total of 10 million people represents close to one quarter of Ukraine’s population, and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis is now being faced. The Peace Boat Disaster Relief Centre (PBV) has begun support activities for the affected populations, working in coordination with our partner in Romania, the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of […]

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Mar 2022

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11 Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Communicating and Listening

11 Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami On this day we remember those whose lives were lost, and consider the journey taken by the people of the Tohoku region since the disaster. It is very difficult to find words to write on such a day. This is because we are here today upon the accumulation of the many days since the disaster, and will continue again tomorrow and beyond. We feel like we are reminded by long-term partners in the city of Ishinomaki not to just take “311” as this one particular day. The Minamihama and Kadonowaki areas of Ishinomaki, which were hit hardest numerous times by […]

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Mar 2022

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All for Ukraine: Street Fundraising Campaign Launched!

Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) set up an emergency relief fund last week to support those affected by the war in Ukraine. Together with NGO Peace Boat, we have started a fundraising campaign for a Romania-based NGO, Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), which has been tirelessly providing support to refugees from Ukraine and coordinating humanitarian assistance in Romania since the beginning of the crisis. NGO Peace Boat has regional centers in five different cities across Japan, and each center is hosting street fundraising campaigns to support the PATRIR’s humanitarian programs. The first to kick-off the program was Peace Boat Center Fukuoka, located in the largest city […]

03
Mar 2022

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All for Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund Launched

On February 24, 2022, the Russian military invasion of Ukraine began, and military attacks by missiles and other weapons have been carried out in several cities in Ukraine. Many civilians, including children, have been killed. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at least 930,000 citizens have fled to neighboring countries including Poland, Hungary, and Romania in search of safety, and more than 100,000 people have been internally displaced in Ukraine (as of March 2, 2022). The people who are fleeing the war and being deprived of their daily lives are in great need of support. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV), together with the NGO Peace Boat, […]

07
Feb 2022

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Certificate of appreciation from Saga Prefecture

We are very honored to be awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Governor of Saga Prefecture. Yasuhiro Ueshima, the secretary-general of the Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) attended the ceremony held on February 4th, 2022, on behalf of the PBV team. Since August last year, PBV has carried out relief programs in Omachi-cho, Saga Prefecture to support the communities affected by the floods. In recognition of our activities, PBV was invited to the Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation presentation ceremony held at the Saga Prefectural Government. The ceremony was attended by 42 organizations, including the local fire department, private firms, non-profit organizations, and volunteer groups from both in the prefecture […]

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Jan 2022

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Sign up now for Disaster Preparedness Workshop (January 16th, 2022)

Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been organizing a series of disaster preparedness workshops for international residents in Tokyo since October 2021. We are happy to announce that this year again, we are organizing workshops for the international communities in Tokyo. Read a short report from the last workshop held in December and register for the January session! On December 5th, 2021, we hosted two earthquake preparedness workshops for the international community. The first workshop was held in simplified Japanese and had participants from China and Belgium. Participants were given interactive activities to demonstrate how being mindful of their current living situations can help them consciously develop a plan if […]

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