PEACE BOAT’S RELIEF EFFORTS
Peace Boat’s mission has been to provide immediate emergency relief and support for the long term social and economic recovery of the Tohoku region following the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, focusing on the city of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture and its environs. Peace Boat works in consultation and partnership with local communities, responding to their situation and needs, enabling and empowering them as part of the recovery process. Peace Boat’s operations focus on the training and deployment of volunteers in the belief that volunteers can provide essential support in the physical regeneration of Tohoku, and that the human solidarity they provide is a vital factor in the comprehensive recovery of the region.
Within a week of the March 11 disaster, Peace Boat had established a presence in Ishinomaki, one of the most badly affected towns in Tohoku. Peace Boat began emergency programs to deal with this unprecedented disaster, deploying thousands of volunteers to provide hot meals, distribute relief goods and clear mud. In Ishinomaki Peace Boat continues to work in close collaboration with the local community, authorities and other NPOs active in the region. Specifically, Peace Boat worked and works in partnership with the Social Welfare Council of Ishinomaki; the Ishinomaki Disaster Recovery Assistance Council (IDRAC); the Ishinomaki Mayor’s Office; and the Japan Self Defense Force. Peace Boat is committed to provide support for the reconstruction of the area through the foreseeable future, contributing to strengthening local capacity. Our relief operations are continuing with the following projects.
NEW! Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre (PBV) Annual Report (11 March 2011 – 31 March 2012) (11 pages, 27.5 MB, PDF)
Overview – Peace Boat Emergency Relief Operation (PDF, English) or Overview – Peace Boat Emergency Relief Operation (Spanish) (PDF, Spanish), Mid-term Report (PDF, English) or Mid-term Report (PDF, Japanese), 2011 Report (PDF, English), 2011 Report Spanish (PDF, Spanish)