Dec 2021


Typhoon Rai (Odette): Emergency Relief Fund Launched

On 16-17 December 2021, a powerful typhoon Rai (local name: Odette) made landfall in the islands of central Philippines, causing extensive damage. As of 22 December, 2.4 million people and 604,322 households have been affected and 375 lives have been lost. The full extent of the damage, particularly on the smaller islands, is still being assessed and further reports are expected once communications are restored. The Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) is in contact with multiple organizations in the Philippines to gather information at a local level. On the ground, government agencies are working to save lives and clear the area, while many international organizations and NGOs have launched emergency […]

Nov 2021


Support for Communities Affected by 2019 Typhoons Continues in Chiba

The longer it takes after the disaster, the more complex and challenging cases are found in terms of support. Communities in the southern part of Chiba Prefecture, Japan were hit hard by typhoons Faxai and Hagibis in 2019. The PBV team has been working closely with the local support groups and public sectors to continue the relief efforts. The house we visited today with the local Social Welfare Council members was assessed as half destroyed. Despite the emergency repair system being applied and a sum of JPY 595,000 being granted, the amount was not sufficient enough to cover all of the repair costs. Consequently, the roof remained partially unrepaired for […]

Aug 2020


Typhoon Hagibis: Helping Iwaki community get back on its feet

Disaster relief efforts in Iwaki, Fukushima have been ongoing after the damage caused by the 2019 Typhoon Hagibis. From January of 2020, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been working towards reviving the disaster-affected community by providing supplies to local community centers. We hope that the supplies can be useful and help the community get back on its feet. However, due the COVID-19 pandemic, activities for community spaces that we planned on passing on to local organizations were halted as people were unable to assemble at community centers. The city of Iwaki endured the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and now has once again been struck by Typhoon Hagibis. […]

Aug 2020


Typhoons Faxai and Hagibis: Local volunteers take the lead for full recovery of Chiba communities

When was the last time you spent the night under canvas? After Typhoons Faxai and Hagibis in September and October 2019, residents remain in need of help. Many still spend nights under damaged roofs in southern Chiba, waiting for repairs by professional carpenters.   Successful workshops Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) co-hosted training workshops for local volunteers along with our partners at the Southern Chiba Disaster Relief Center. During the one-day training, participants learned key roofing safety measures, methods to cover the damaged roofs with tarpaulins, as well as how to support work on ground. Each workshop limits the number of participants to allow full attention to safety control among […]

Jul 2020


Call for Donations: Emergency Fund for Disaster Relief Programs amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summer in Japan is the season when rain and storm-related disasters frequently occur across the country, including flooding, land slides and strong winds. Your help is needed to continue ongoing efforts and aid Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) in delivering new programs. COVID-19 adds a new threat to this already dangerous season as affected areas may be at greater risk of contracting the disease. During this difficult time, PBV continues the ongoing relief activities and prepares for the future disasters while implementing preventive measures against contagions. PBV has launched an emergency fund to support disaster response while continuing ongoing projects in communities affected by typhoons last year. We are indeed […]

Jun 2020


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 […]

Apr 2020


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 […]

Dec 2019


Typhoon Relief in Iwaki: Project period extended and more volunteers sought

Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to support those affected by Typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis). We have been working on various projects, including cleaning of houses, hot-meal distribution, operational support at the local disaster volunteer center and supporting the evacuation center. Out activities have been supported by many volunteers who came from all over Japan, as well as from overseas. We appreciate their help in delivering support to those in need. More than two months have passed since the typhoon, but many residents are still having difficult life. More than 150 residents are still at the evacuation centers in Iwaki city alone, and many of other […]

Dec 2019


Typhoon Hagibis Situation Update: Relief activities in Iwaki

It has been two months since the occurrence of a large-scale destruction caused by Typhoon Hagibis (No. 19). Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been carrying out relief projects in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture for nearly 60 days. As time passes, more accurate details of the damage have been unveiled. According to a recent assessment, the number of houses damaged by the storm reaches over 9000 in Iwaki city alone. The media coverage on the disaster is surprisingly low, considering that it is one of the worst disasters in Japan since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. While so little is mentioned in national news, local people’s struggle for recovery […]

Dec 2019


It’s Giving Tuesday! 

This year, once again, many parts of Japan have experienced disasters, especially flooding and storms, resulting in large-scale destruction. This year, the Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has carried out emergency relief projects across Japan, including Saga Prefecture (heavy rains in July), Chiba Prefecture (Typhoons 15 and 19) and Fukushima Prefecture (Typhoon 19 and heavy rains caused by Typhoon 21), and we are also engaged in a relief project in Mozambique to support those affected by Cyclone Idai. If you are considering making a contribution to a charity this holiday season, supporting those affected by such disasters through the PBV may be a great option to leverage your contribution. Your […]

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