08
Jun 2020

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Updates on Typhoon Hagibis Relief: New Grant Awarded for Projects in Iwaki and Chiba

Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) is excited to announce the award of a typhoon Hagibis relief grant from a US-based organization, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, to support our ongoing recovery efforts in the Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture and the southern Chiba region. As previously shared on this news section and on our Facebook page, we have been working in the two areas affected by the typhoon since October 2019. Up until this spring, we had worked with hundreds of volunteers who came over to the project sites and lent a helping hand to rebuild communities and regain livelihoods in Iwaki and southern Chiba. We have implemented diverse projects, such as […]

02
Apr 2020

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Activity Summary: Typhoon Relief in Iwaki, Fukushima

A team from Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) set up a base in Iwaki city, Fukushima to support those affected by Typhoon Hagibis (No. 19) on October 2019. A wide range of relief activities have been implemented by PBV since October 14. Some of the activities have been completed while other projects have been handed over to the local residents. The PBV base in Iwaki was closed at the end of March, but we will continue our relief efforts through regular visits. Through PBV, 175 volunteers participated in various activities over the course of 170 days. Taking this opportunity, we would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard […]

01
Oct 2019

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Announcement: Change of Organizational Name

We are pleased to announce that we are renaming our organization from “Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center” to “Peace Boat Disaster Relief,” starting on October 1st, 2019. New name (EN): Peace Boat Disaster Relief New name (JP): ピースボート災害支援センター Abbreviation: PBV Although our official name is changed, kindly continue calling us PBV, the name you are already familiar with. We are also introducing our new logo as shown left. Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center was founded at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 to succeed the relief efforts previously implemented by Peace Boat, an international NGO. To date, we have engaged in disaster relief activities […]

01
Sep 2019

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Study Tours in Ishinomaki

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, we have developed our relationship with the people in Ishinomaki, and our relationship has now grown beyond the context of disaster relief into a locally rooted form. More than half of the 1100 passengers joined optional tours during the Peace Boat’s visit to Ishinomaki, and the rest enjoyed their free time in the city and surrounding areas. With great support from the local people and authorities, the participants on the optional tours enjoyed sightseeing, and learned about the disaster, and the community building, in Ishinomaki, Onagawa and Matsushima. For those passengers from other parts of Japan, visiting and listening to […]

28
Aug 2019

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Peace Boat visits Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture

On August 21, the Peace Boat’s passenger ship, Ocean Dream, called to the port of Ishinomaki for the first time in six years. The visit was part of the Peace Boat’s East Asia Voyage. The ship was warmly welcomed by local people with fishing boat flags and Kurofune taiko drums from Date, Ogatsu-cho, as it entered the industrial port of Ishinomaki. The ship with 1100 passengers slowly approached the shore, while members of the city of Ishinomaki, Onagawa-cho, the city of Higashi-Matsushima, Matsushima-cho and the city of Osaki set up their booths with their local specialities on the quay. These local authorities in the Miyagi prefecture are promoting their regions […]

10
Jul 2019

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Cyclone Idai: Food and Seed Kit Distribution Program in the Buzi District

In order to support community survival until the next harvest, we started distributing food and seed kits in 12 communities in the Buzi District, Sofala Province, in early June. The food kits contain rice and maize flour; both serve as staple foods in the country,  as well as cooking oil and beans, while the seed kits contain vegetable seeds and sweet potato roots for increased food security and nutrition. We aimed to distribute kits to the households in the village with a focus on the most vulnerable. As mentioned in the previous posts, the communities were located in remote areas with limited transportation. Many roads were still blocked and regular […]

15
Jun 2019

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Cyclone Idai: Relief Program in Buzi District

While communicating with multiple thematic clusters of international relief agents gathered in Beira, we tried to identify the locations and programs most in need based on up-to-date information gathered from international and local organizations. In the course of these activities, we came across a member of a local NGO, Kulima. This NGO has been actively involved in social and economic projects since its foundation in the 1980s and fostered strong networks in rural communities across the country. The abundant knowledge and experience of this NGO helped us a great deal while we had limited connections in the country. With an emergency grant from a Japan-based international NGO, Japan Platform, we decided […]

20
May 2019

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Cyclone Idai: Damage in Rural Areas in Mozambique

The dispatched PBV members traveled to rural communities outside Beira for further investigation of the damage caused by Cyclone Idai. The storm first made landfall in Beira then headed inland, moving westward over a plain which rivers run through. The landscape creates favorable conditions for agriculture in ordinary times, but led to extensive flooding during and after the storm. In particular, Buzi District located in the south of Beira experienced severe flooding due to the storm. During the storm, many were rescued from the area by helicopter and boat while witnessing the water lever rising way over head height. In some parts, the water from the storm had yet to […]

08
May 2019

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Cyclone Idai: Damage and Needs Assessment in Sofala Province, Mozambique

In mid-March 2019, a tropical cyclone, Idai, struck Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It devastated the region. The death toll rose to 603 in Mozambique alone and thousands of people have been struggling to even live their everyday lives. The Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) dispatched two staff members to Beira, Sofala Province, Mozambique, in April for damage assessment for emergency relief. Beira is a port city located in the central part of the country and serves as the second largest city after the capital Maputo. The city is not only a busy commercial hub, home to 500,000 people, but also boasts one of the most strategic ports in […]

22
Jan 2019

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[Western Japan Flooding] We Need More Volunteers!

The Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) has been working in Kurashiki, Okayama to support local residents who were affected by the torrential rain and flood in July 2018. The PBV has dispatched more than 300 volunteers to help out with emergency shelter management, hot meal distribution, relief supply-demand coordination, house clean-ups, community re-building and other activities needed in the affected area. Six months have passed since the disaster, but the local residents are still in great need of help to recover and rebuild their livelihoods and communities, and the PBV has decided to continue the support effort until 24 March 2019. We seek volunteers who can work with […]